Athletics NSW Junior Championships; Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre; 25-27 Feb 2022
Andres represented UTS Norths in the 100m hurdles, 200m hurdles, 100m sprint and 200m sprint in the U15 age group.
Results: Gold in 100m hurdles; Gold in 200m hurdles; 4th in 100m sprint; 4th in 200m sprint.
Andres had already qualified to compete at Nationals in all four events at the 2021 NSW All School Championships back in December, so his performances here didn’t actually matter for qualification. Which is good, because otherwise he would have missed qualification for the 100m sprint by 0.03 seconds and qualification for the 200m sprint by 0.09 seconds!
U15 Men 100m hurdles (84cm)
The first time Andres has ever run 100m hurdles, or run over 84cm hurdles. He was aiming for a sub-15 run on his first go and easily won his race with a 14.90, which was a satisfying result.
Both the top-3 finish and his 14.90 time qualify him to run at Nationals, but his win in the 90m hurdles at All Schools in December had also qualified him.
|Straight final||14.90 (-0.5)||Gold medal and State Champion|
|1st||Andres Hampel||UTS Norths||14.90|
|2nd||Liam Hayes||Hills District||15.49|
|3rd||Lincoln Henry||Coffs Harbour||15.66|
U15 Men 200m hurdles (76cm x 10 flight)
Andres got a shaky start, but soon got into his rhythm in the race. He got a surprise to see someone on the inside lane ahead of him as they got onto the home straight and you can see the determination over the last 100m to snatch the victory on the line with a great new PB.
Both the top-3 finish and his 28.25 time qualify him to run at Nationals, but his 28.48 time in the 200m hurdles at All Schools in December had also qualified him.
|Straight final||28.25 (+1.0); PB||Gold medal and State Champion|
|1st||Andres Hampel||UTS Norths||28.25|
|2nd||Lucas Duong||Asics Wests||28.31|
|3rd||Tomi Reynaldo||Ranwick Botany||29.76|
U15 Men 100m sprint
The 100m heats were only 55 minutes after his 200m hurdles race, so preparation was a bit rushed and he didn’t have much recovery time. Still, Andres came an easy 2nd in his heat (in rather difficult conditions – it was very wet) to qualify 5th fastest for the final.
A very strong finish in the final saw Andres snatch 4th place with a great new PB time of 11.87, only 0.06 off the bronze medal. This was his first time running sub-12 seconds which has been a goal for some time and has been tantalizingly close on multiple occasions.
Despite his time being 0.03 seconds slower than the Nationals qualifying standard, and 4th place failing to automatically qualify him – he still qualified for Nationals with his 2nd place in the 100m at All Schools in December.
U15 Men 200m sprint
Andres ran a nicely controlled heat to win in new PB time and qualify 5th fastest for the final.
The final saw a great new PB, finishing in 4th place – a satisfying result.
Despite his time being 0.09 seconds slower than the Nationals qualifying standard, and 4th place failing to automatically qualify him – he still qualified for Nationals with his 3rd place in the 200m at All Schools in December.