For the record

Maria Cimino . . . three records

Ron Bendall squad athletes broke 11 UTS Northern Suburbs records in the 2020-21 season.

They were:

Monique Perry, women’s 45+ years 100m

Jessie Wong, u/18 years girls 300m hurdles

Maria Cimino, women’s 45+ years weight throw, heavyweight throw and throws pentathlon

Ashley McMahon, men’s 45+ years 60m, 100m, 200m, 300m and 400m

Caerl Murray, men’s 45+ years 150m

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Claudia kills ém

Claudia Healey . . . two first placings

Claudia Healey starred at the Loreto Killibilli school carnival at SOPAC.

She won the 14 years 400m and long jump, was second in the 100m and 200m and finished sixth in the school 100m championship against Loreto’s fastest sprinters.

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Nicolette hits the target

Nicolette Donofrio . . . target talent program

Nicolette Donofrio has been invited to join Athletics Australia’s Target Talent Program after finishing second in the under 20 years women’s 100m hurdles at the national championships.

The Target Talent Program is the first step on the Athletics Australia High Performance Pathway, encouraging athletes with the greatest potential to ensure the long term success of athletics within Australia.

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Maria masters Melbourne

Maria Cimino . . . two gold, two silver

Maria Cimino won two gold medals and two silver medals at the Vctorian Masters Championships in Melbourne.

Maria won the women’s 45+ years hammer throw and weight throw championships and was second in the 100m and 60m.

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Games, set and match

The long and the short of it . . . Bronte Pickering with 200m winner Tierney Dunne

Competing in her first Australian University Games at SOPAC, Bronte Pickering made the finals of both the women’s 100m and 200m.

Bronte finished fifth in the 100m and seventh in the 200m.

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And that was the Nationals

Nicolette Donofrio . . . silver medal

At the National Track and Field Championships at SOPAC, Ron Bendall squad athletes:

Wone one silvr medal;

Made four other finals;

And ran four personal best times.

Nicolette Donofrio won the silver medal in the under 20 years women’s 100m hurdles.

The other finalists were:

Jessie Wong (2), fifth in both the under 18 years girls 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles;

James Hunt, sixth in the under 20 years men’s 400m hurdles;

And Susie Douglas, eighth in the open women’s 400m hurdles.

Nicolette Donofrio ran personal best times in both her heat and her final as did James Hunt.

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Jessie’s famous five

Jessie Wong (right, standing) with some of the Ron Bendall squad

Five proved to be Jessie Wong’s favourite number on Day 8 of the National Track and Field Championships at SOPAC.

After finishing fifth in the under 18 yars girls 100m hurdles, Jessie finished fifth in the 400m hurdles.

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Hey, hey it’s champion Clay

Coach Ron Bendall with an 18-year-old Liz Clay after she won the bronze medal in the under 20 years 100m hurdles at the 2013 National Championships in Perth

Former Ron Bendall squad member Liz Clay won her way onto Australia’s Olympic team when she won the open women’s 100m hurdles on Day 7 of the National Track and Field Championships at SOPAC.

Liz trained with the Ron Bendall squad from ages 12 to 20 before moving to Brisbane and as a 19-year-old won selection in the Australian team to the World Junior Championships.

Earlier in the day current squad member Jessie Wong qualified for the final of the under 18 years 400m hurdles, finishing third in her heat.

And in her first open national final, Susie Douglas finished eighth in the women’s 400m hurdles.

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The games they play at Uni

Susie Douglas (left) with the bronze medal winning 4x400m team at the 2019 Uni Games

Susie Douglas and Bronte Pickering will contest this weeks Australian University Games at SOPAC.

Susie will represent NSW University in the women’s 400m hurdles and the 4x100m and 4x400m relays and Bronte will represent Macquarie University in the women’s 100m and 200m.

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Jessie excels at nationals

Jessie Wong . . . fifth in nationals

Jessie Wong finished fifth in the under 18 years girls 100m hurdles on Day 6 of the Australian Track and Field Championships at SOPAC.

Earlier in the day Jessie finished second in her heat to qualify for the final.

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