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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Susie overcomes all hurdles

Susie Douglas . . . first open national final

Susie Douglas made her first open national final on Day 5 of the Australian Track and Field Championships at SOPAC.

Susie finished fourth in her heat of the open women’s 400m hurdles to qualify for the final.

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Second PB for James

Maria Cimino . . . over 40m

James Hunt ran his second personal best time in two days to finish sixth in the under 20 years men’s 400m hurdles on Day 4 of the National Track and field Championships at SOPAC.

And Maria Cimino, 49, continued to defy her age by once again throwing more than 40 metres in the open women’s hammer.

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Final hunt for James

James Hunt (centre) with coach Ron Bendall and his brother Matthew Hunt

James Hunt lived up to his good pre-championship form, storming into the final of the under 20 men’s 400m hurdles on Day 3 of the Australian Track and Field Championships at SOPAC.

James ran a personal best time to finish fifth in a very fast heat to qualify for the final.

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Hi ho, silver!

Nicolette Donofrio . . . broke 14 second barrier

Nicolette Donofrio smashed the 14 second barrier in taking silver in the under 20 years women’s 100m hurdles on Day 2 of the National Track and Field Championships at SOPAC.

Nicolette ran a personal best time in finishing second in her heat and than lowered even further in the fin al.

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