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

The B’s are all about A’s

Breen joins Boden as the only 2 track females in 2010 to gain the Commonwealth Games “A” standard

19 year old Melissa Breen became the third MattyB DEPT athlete to achieve the A standard for the Commonwealth Games with a superb 11.34 (1.0w) to take out the Act State Championships 100m title. Exploding from the blocks Breen was never headed and crossed the line under the 11.35 standard. Melissa will now focus on the National Titles to confirm her place on the team for India.

Lauren Boden continued her great form from the Sydney Track Classic to run another A standard of 55.85 seconds. Boden set the race up with confidence and despite a not so perfect last hurdle which cost her some time she was able to comfortably break the 56 second barrier for the second time in a month. Training partner Tarin Nevin finished 4th in a season best of 63.06 showing that she is returning to her best form right in time for the national titles in 3 weeks time.

Three other squad members took out their ACT State title including:

  • Brendan Cole – 400m Hurdles 50.62
  • Stephen Sheppard – 100m 11.18 (0.8) also 11.05 (2.4) in the heat
  • Jesse Matthews – 400m 50.10 also 49.94 in the heat


In other exciting news Brandan Galic made a promising return to racing despite having some trouble with the starters. Brandan was unfortunately issued with a false start in his heat so then ran as an invitation only later in the day. Galic crossed the line in a time of 10.70 showing that he is now over an injury that has hung around for almost 18 months. Brandan will now focus on a good build up and winter before coming out again for competition in late 2010.

Video Footage of AACT State Champs click here

Breen wins 100m and MattyB DEPT break ACT 4 x 400m record

Melissa Breen continued her great from in Melbourne to take out the Women’s 100m in commanding fashion in a time of 11.41 (1.3). The conditions on the night were not as favourable as Sydney and without Sally McLellan in the field to push her along this run was extremely impressive.

It has already been an outstanding domestic season for the 19 year old with numerous runs in the 11.40’s which is under the B standard for the Commonwealth Games on various tracks around the country. This consistency is sure to lead to a another jump in improvement in the next month with a couple of runs on some of the fastest tracks inthe country planned.

With no 400m Hurdles on the program for the Women Lauren Boden tried her hand at the flat 400m. Lauren set up the race with real agression and coming into the straight with 100m to go she was just behind race winner Jody Henry and runner up Tamsyn Lewis. Despite losing some form in the past 50m Lauren held on to run a new personal best of 53.70.

Brendan Cole put up a strong challenge to multiple major championship medalist Danny MacFarlane in the 400m Hurdles. Cole set up the race much quicker then his race in Sydney and going through half way was right with Danny. Unfortunately he hit 3 of the last 5 hurdles costing him valuable time and a chance to take victory. Despite this he finished with another B qualifier for the Commonwealth Games with 50.45.  

The night finished with a very exciting race for the Matty DEPT. with the running of the 4 x 400m. The squad team took on two Australian teams, New Zealand, Australian Junior and various other state teams.

Lead off by Tom Burbidge (@48 second leg) the team changed the baton in 3rd position. Brendan Cole ran a superb second leg (@46.9 second split) to take the squad team to the lead at the half way point. Jesse Matthews (@49 second split) lead down the back straight until the 2 Australian teams made there move in the last 100m. The final runner Brendan Matthews (@47.9 second split) then proceeded to show little respect for himself or the Australian team runners namely Ben Offereins and Sean Wroe when he charged past Ben down the back straight and then ran right up along side Sean with 150m to go. He did pay the price in the past 50m but it was very exciting action indeed.

The squad team broke their own ACT record running 3.12.44

Click here for Video of the Meet

Click here for Melissa Breen interview with Runners Tribe

Lauren Boden breaks into world class 55 second 400m Hurdles range at Sydney Track Classic

Lauren Boden breaks into world class 55 second 400m Hurdles range at Sydney Track Classic

In what was one of the best nights of track and field performance in a long time in Australia Lauren Boden took advantage of the great conditions and competition to smash her personal best running 55.75. This is also a Commonwealth Games A qualifying performance and moves her to number 6 on the Australian all time list.

Lauren set up the race hard into a slight headwind down the back to gain a decisive break of seasoned athletes Tamsyn Lewis. Lauren never looked back and finished strongly to claim victory. Training partner Tarin Nevin finished 7th in 64.00.

19 year Melissa Breen also had a night to remember going within 0.01 to claim victory in the 100m over Olympic silver medalist Sally McLellan. Both girls run a B standard for the Commonwealth Games with Sally getting the victory in an extremely tight photo finish. The run showed much improvement in Breen’s start which enabled her to get into the race and keep the pressure on Sally right to the line.

Brendan Cole improved on his season best to finish second in the 400m Hurdles behind legend Jamaican Danny MacFarlane in a time of 50.46 which is another Commonwealth B qualifier. Despite some sickness in the lead up the run was impressive enough to show that he will be back under 50 seconds very soon.

Runners Tribe interview with Melissa Breen

Runners Tribe interview with Lauren Boden

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Boden collects $1500 in Hobart

Lauren Boden ran another superb basically solo race in Hobart to win by almost 4 seconds in a time of 56.66. This time was a meet record, B qualifier and also placed her second in the overall meet standings. Petrina Price took out the athlete of the meet and $3000 with a jump of 1.90m in the High Jump with Lauren second collecting $1500.

Lauren is now eagerly looking forward to racing  Tamsyn Lewis at the Sydney GP where they will meet for the first time this year. Due to different racing schedules they have not raced this year but Lauren knows that Tamsyn is a great competitor and has already produced some great results over 400m and 400m Hurdles. (Added section – Tamsyn ran a great 57.46 B Qualifier on 18th February in Melbourne with no one close to her so both will appreciate having some competition.) It should be a great race and hopefully both can breakthrough into the 55 seconds and run the A qualifier for Commonwealth Games.

Brendan Cole made it a MattyB DEPT. double in the 400m Hurdles taking victory in a time of 50.89. It was a solid run and a good hit out before the big Sydney and Melbourne GP meets where he will take on Jamacian champion Danny MacFarlane.

Melissa Breen got her own double capturing the 100m and 200m against Laura Whaler. Unfortunately the wind reading did not work for the 200m but looking at other results it was definately a legal wind and probably a slight headwind making the time of 23.68 very pleasing. The 100m was unfortunately into a strong 2.2w headwind but the time of 11.71 shows that Melissa is running extremely well.