Category Archives: 2011/12 Amateur Results

Breen runs back to back PB’s to take National sprint double

Melissa Breen carried on her amazing form from Stawell the week before running 2 new personal bests and taking the prestigous sprint double at the Australian Championships in Melbourne.

Breen dominated the 100m in the final to win in a time of 11.41 (0,5w) but it was her semi final performance that made people really stand up and take notice. Exploding from the blocks Melissa crossed the line in a new personal best time of 11.31 (1.4w).

“To run a personal best at the National championships is very special” Breen explained. “It has been a few years in the making but it is certainly worth the wait.”

Breen wasn’t done though and on the final day she shocked many people again by coming out in the 200m and running another huge personal best with a time of 23.30 (-0.3w).

“To run an Olympic “B” qualifier in the 200m and into a headwind is extremely exciting and shows me just how the technical areas I have been working on with Matty is working.”

In other squad results Mowen Boino (PNG) ran superbly in the heats of the 400m Hurdles to record his second fastest time ever. The 32 year old and 3 time Olympian ran 50.67 to state a claim to his federation to again select him to represent PNG at the London Games. In the final he ran a positive race to lead until the last hurdle. Unfortunately he didn’t comeof the hurdle well and was overtaken in the shadows of the line by Tristan Thomas of the AIS.

Other athletes to compete at the nationals included Ollie Wurm (200m and 400m) and Brandan Galic (100m)

Full season squad results

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Boden A-mazing

23 year old AIS athlete, Lauren Boden, has made a huge step towards making the London Olympics with a superb 400m Hurdles victory at the Sydney Track Classic in a time of 55.45. This time secured the precious A qualifier which is a major requirement for selection onto the Australian team.

Boden , who has been with coach Matt Beckenham since she was 14, is a wonderful story of patience and sticking to a long term plan.

“When Lauren started she couldn’t break 13 seconds for a 100m or even 60 seconds for a 400m so we have taken a long term sequential approach to give the best chance for her to run when it counts which is as a senior athlete .” Beckenham also remembers “there were quite a few sessions with tears in the early days as well as she worked on her hurdle technique on both legs but Saturday night’s run makes it all worth it.”

Also in the Women’s 400m Hurdles, 17 year old Chloe Jamieson showed some consistency from Hobart to run 61.65. Will 3 runs around the same mark Jamieson will be looking to make a big jump over the next month leading into the Junior National Championships.

Melissa Breen ran with maturity to take out the Women’s 100m in time of 11.49 in not ideal conditions for the sprint events. She also claimed third in the 200m with a time of 23.75.

Brendan Cole ran a much better race compared to Perth 7 days ago to just miss running under 50 seconds in the Men’s 400m Hurdles (50.02). A mistake at the last hurdle cost him critical momentum and the victory but overall the signs from the race were very positive. Training partner, 33 year old Mowen Boino (PNG) ran the fastest he has run for almost 4 years to finish 3rd in a time of 50.88. The 3 time Olympian is now on track to make an amazing 4th Olympic Games. Ollie Wurm also improved on his run from Perth with a time of 54.36.

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Breen blasts two B qualifiers for Olympics

In an outstanding display of sprinting in Perth 21 year old Melissa Breen ran 2 Olympic “B” standard performances in the space of 90minutes.
Fully recovered from a freak neural issue in Adelaide last week that prevented her from pushing out of the blocks Breen exploded out this time to record 11.35 (1.7w) in the first race. She was then able to back this up with arguably a better run in the second race recording 11.36 with a less supporting wind of 0.9m/s.
“I knew from training that I was in PB shape so it is a good positive indicator to run these times in competition conditions.”
It is a huge weekend for the MattyB DEPT with athletes competing in four states. Breen in Perth along with Brandan Galic who ran 10.98 in the 100m.
Also last night three athletes competed in Canberra highlighted by a huge PB by 19 year old Rachael Carnegie running 57.84 in the 400m taking over a second of her best. Jesse Matthews also ran a season best and under 50 seconds in the 400m (49.81) to take victory over Luke Storta (50.33).
Birthday boy Ollie Wurm runs a 400m at AVShield in Victoria on Saturday hoping to challenge his PB of 47.62.
To round of a huge weekend the 400m Hurdlers are hoping for pleasant conditions down in Tasmania at the Hobart Track Classic. Lauren Boden and Chloe Jamieson will compete in the Women’s while Brendan Cole and honorary member Mowen Boino (training with squad for 3 months) will run in the Men’s event.

BJ and Boden shine at Hunter Track classic

Brendan Cole and Lauren Boden took the 400m Hurdles double on a windy night in Newcastle at the Hunter Track classic. Despite having to wait over 10 minutes at the start line for missing hurdles Brendan Cole executed a solid race in his first for the season over the barriers.

“To open up with my fastest ever 400m Hurdles like Lauren did is exciting but I really want to take my times to the next level quickly now and get that qualifier out of the way.”

Cole finished in a time of 50.41 wich is only 0.91 off the A standard of 49.50 which is something he will look to run well under in the next 6 weeks.

Lauren Boden continued her great early season form knocking another 0.5 seconds off her season best with a 56.12. Lauren used the tail wind down the back to run some 14 stride hurdles which is something only a few girls in the world do.

“Matty basically told me just before the call room that the wind has got up a bit so let’s do 14’s. I went with his judgement and they felt really comfortable in the race so that is a good sign”.

Training partner Chloe Jamieson continued her return to racing with a time of 62.34 for 6th and Rachael Carnegie finished 5th in the under 20 400m in her first ever appearance at a major domestic meet.

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Brisbane Track Classic 2012

It was a great night for the MattyB DEPT. crew in Brisbane at the track classic which focused mainly on relay events plus some individual events like the rarely run 300m.

Melissa Breen ran the second leg in the Women’s 4 x100m team which took victory in 44.01. Lauren Boden ran the second leg in the Women’s 4 x 400m that ran 3.34.12 while Chloe Jamieson ran the third leg for an Australian Junior in the same race (3.48.37). To round out the relay involvement Brendan Cole ran a superb leg (45.7) of the Men’s 4 x 400m team that finished in a time of 3.05.84.

In individual events Melissa Breen ran a solid 11.51 to finish second behind Sally Pearson (11.25). Part time member Daniel Batman, currently living in Sydney,  ran 10.95 in the “B” 100m.

The highlight for the squad, however, came in the second last event of the evening with Lauren Boden running 38.20 in the 300m to take a special victory over Jana Pittman. Boden running in the lane outside Jana set the race up in a positive fashion and with 100m to go was 5 metres in front and this margin didn’t change down the straight with Boden strong right to the finish.

Overall an extremely satisfying night for the squad.

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11.44 for Breen at Blacktown

21 year old Melissa Breen has finished off a busy 2 week competition stimulus period with an impressive 100m in 11.44 (1.7w) at Blacktown in Sydney.

“It was a long day after getting up at 615am and driving up from Canberra and then running at 11am” Breen explained. “I actually didn’t feel super quick today after so many races recently, the early start and 3 hour travel on the day so I know there is improvement to be had from the run.”

Breen has now had 13 races in 11 days with 11 in Tasmania in 3 gifts, a 60m (7.33) in Canberra on the 5th Jan and the 100m today at Blacktown.

“I will now get back into a training block to fit around the Brisbane and Adelaide meets in January” said Breen when asked what was coming up. She will compete in a 4 x 100m relay as well as an individual 100m in Brisbane and then do the 100m and 200m in Adelaide.

“I am only 0.15 off the ‘A’ standard for the Olympics with that run so that gives me great confidence that I can get under 11.29seconds during the domestic season and be selected for the 100m in London.”

In other squad results at Blacktown Ollie Wurm ran 54.67 in the 400m Hurdles. When asked about the race Wurm said “It wasn’t that pretty but it was just good to get one under the belt.” Technically he made a few errors which shows great room for improvement and he is sure to improve on his personal best in the next few months.

Chloe Jamieson (62.06) and Rachael Carnegie (67.48) also ran in the 400m Hurdles. It was Chloe’s first race since World Youth and Rachael’s first completed 400m Hurdles race in a couple of years. Both will improve massively from this competition.

Daniel Batman (10.86) and Brandan Galic (11.06) with a 0.5w rounded out the results for the MattyB DEPT. Both are on the comeback trail and will continue their rapid improvements in the coming weeks.

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