Category Archives: 2009/10 Major Event Results

MattyB DEPT. in Japan 2010

Summary of Results from Japan 2010

To see video footage of these meets click here

Osaka Meet

  • Lauren Boden victory, personal best and moves to number 3 Australian All Time with 55.25
  • Melissa Breen 3rd in 11.47 into a headwind placing behind Veronica Campbell Brown
  • Brendan Cole season best and back under 50 seconds with 49.85 to finish 5th 

Shizuoka Meet

  • Lauren Boden victory, meet record and personal best time of 55.49
  • Melissa Breen 3rd in 200m 23.69 (-0.2w)
  • Brendan Cole 4th 400m Hurdles 50.36

Hiroshima Meet

  • Lauren Boden has 12.03 (-0.1w) 3rd Heat of the 100m and 12.04 (2.3w) 7th B Final 
  • Melissa Breen 11.41 (2.5w) 1st heat of the 100m and 11.38 (1.7w) 3rd in Final
  • Lauren also paced the 800m running through 500m in 75 seconds in between heat and final of the 100m.

3 on the team for Commonwealth Games

The MattyB DEPT. finished off the domestic season in a blaze of glory at the Nationals Championships in Perth with 3 outstanding victories.

The first gold medal was won by Brendan Cole (50.64) who took out the Men’s 400m Hurdles from the always dangerous Tristan Thomas (50.69). In what was the closest race of the meet Cole held on to secure his 4th national title.

19 year old Melissa Breen dominated the women’s 100m claiming victory by over 0.2 seconds in the final with a Commonwealth Games B standard of 11.50. It was a perfect way to finish off an almost perfect season for Breen.

To complete the trifecta Lauren Boden blitzed her rivals in the Women’s 400m Hurdles to claim victory in another Commonwealth Games A standard time of 55.86 which was over 2 seconds clear of runner up Tamsyn Lewis. This was also Boden’s 4th national title despite still only being 21 years of age.

In other results for the squad recent Stawell Gift winner Tom Burbidge just missed a personal best in the 400m running 48.29 and Tarin Nevin finished 3rd in her heat of the 400m Hurdles in 63.98 to just miss a finals berth.

Boden, Breen and Cole were all automatic selections for the Commonwealth Games which was named on Monday morning. Only WA institute of sport coach Alex Parnov, with 4 athletes, has more athletes on the team which is a great record for a private coach not fully employed by any institute.  

 All 3 athletes will now shift their focus to Japan for a series of meets in Early May before starting their preparation for the Commonwealth Games in October this year.

Thank you does go to the following supporters of the MattyB DEPT.

  • ACTAS / AIS / AA – for their support of Melissa, Lauren and Brendan through the Canberra agreement and also allowing the coach to utilise the track and gym plus some financial support to develop and nurture all his athletes in the squad. I hope the continued success will lead to even greater flexibility and opportunity for support and services in the future for Matt Beckenham as a coach with a squad and not only on an individual athlete basis so that I can have the best environment to develop more athletes in the future.
  • Affinity Construction – for their sponsorship of the MattyB DEPT.
  • Oakley – for their product support for the coach and multiple athletes in MattyB DEPT.
  • Mizuno – for product support for Lauren Boden and Tom Burbidge
  • Asics – for product support for Melissa Breen and Brendan Cole  
  • Keren Faulkner – for her expert physiotherapy support of MattyB DEPT.
  • Jaryd Cowley, Brendan Cole and Grant Billingham – for their expert massage therapy support of MattyB DEPT.
  • ACTAS strength and conditioning staff especially Phil Moreland, Dean Redzic and Tim Driesen – for being a sounding board of ideas and technical instruction with strength and conditioning.

Nevin and Breen take NSW state titles

A squad of 5 MattyB DEPT. athletes ventured to the NSW State Titles and returned with 2 State titles, 1 silver, 3 personal bests, 1 Commonwealth B qualifier and 3 season bests.

Melissa Breen was the star of the sprints taking out the Women’s final in a time of 11.42 (1.2w). Melissa has now strung together 3 B’s and 1 A standard for the Commonwealth Games including 11.41 (Sydney Track Classic), 11.40 (Melbourne Track Classic), 11.34 (ACT State Champs) and 11.42 (NSW State Champs). Training partner Ramona Casey also made the final runing a season best of 12.40 which is the fastest she has run in 5 years.

Runner’s Tribe footage of Women’s 100m click here

Tarin Nevin returned to the winning circle taking out the NSW title in the Women’s 400m Hurdles in a season best time of 62.88. Despite some gutsy wind Tarin was very strong to the line and is clearly on track for a new personal best at the National Championships in Perth in 3 weeks time.

Runner’s Tribe footage of Women’s 400m Hurdles click here

Lauren Boden switched back to the 400m flat and again put herself forward as a relay runner for the 4 x 400m at the Commonwealth Games this year. Lauren finished in second place in a new personal best time of 53.51. World Championship representative Pirenee Steinert took the title in 53.19 with Olivia Tauro finishing third also in a time of 53.51.

Runner’s Tribe footage of Women’s 400m click here

Derek Collinge made a huge breakthrough over the weekend. Coming into the titles with a personal best of 49.07 Derek posted a new personal best of 48.65 to make it through to the final. In the final he stepped it up again to cross the line in 4th place in a time of 48.3.

Runner’s Tribe footage of Men’s 400m click here