Athletics Australia – Australian Track & Field Championships – QSAC; 13-16 Apr 2023
Andres represented NSW in the U16 age group running the 100m sprint; 200m sprint; 100m hurdles (84cm) and 200m hurdles (76cm x 10)
- Gold medal and National Champion 100m hurdles
- Gold medal and National Champion 200m hurdles
- 8th in 100m sprint
- 13th in 200m sprint
Full results (U16)
- Day 1 (100m final starts 2:23:51; 200m hurdles final starts 3:44:28)
- Day 2 (100m hurdles heat starts 29:33)
- Day 3 (no coverage of Andres’s events)
- Day 4 (no events)
Featured in the Athletics NSW news from day 1 of the championships: Australian Junior Championships Day 1
U16 Men 100m sprint
Andres had a really good run in the heat to set a new PB of 11.31 and qualified 7th fastest for the final – which was a great result considering he was seeded 12th coming into the event. Ironically, given the 100m sprint heats and finals were in-between the 200m hurdles heats and finals, he wasn’t actually that keen to make the 100m final – he wanted a PB but not to have to run the final so he could save himself for the 200m hurdles final! He ran the 100m final anyway but wasn’t quite able to maintain his speed and finished 8th.
|Heat||11.31 (+0.1); PB||7th fastest qualifier|
|Final||11.48 (-1.5)||8th place|
U16 Men 200m hurdles (76cm)
Andres was never really challenged in his heat – cruising through to win and qualify fastest for the final. His final was quite dramatic – Andres was coming into the straight in around 5th place and finishing strongly when the leading athlete hit a hurdle – and then Andres’s main rival Dan stumbled slightly, allowing Andres to come over the top and take the win for his first individual National title, which he was ecstatic with – espcially given the PB time.
|Heat||26.40 (-0.1)||fastest qualifier|
|Final||25.87 (+1.0); PB||Gold medal & National Champion|
|8th||Sean Putra Susilo||QLD||28.65|
U16 Men 200m sprint
Andres came into the event seeded 19th – so was never expecting to make the final. He would have been satisfied with a PB, but it wasn’t to be, especially with slightly unfavourable wind conditions. Still, he finished 13th overall which was a better result than he had expected.
|Heat||23.42 (-0.4)||13th overall|
U16 Men 100m hurdles (84cm)
Andres was seeded 2nd fastest coming into the event, and was confident of medalling in the final – even though he was not expecting to be able to challenge his NSW team-mate Ollie Facer, who had a real possibility of breaking the U16 national record. Andres at least wanted to be able to chase Ollie hard and have Ollie drag him through to a great time.
Despite being quite tight and a bit sore from 5 races already in the first day and a half of competition, he cruised through the heat to win easily and qualified 4th fastest for the final. Having the final the following day is not ideal, but at least it did give him plenty of time to stretch overnight and prepare for the final in the morning.
The final was very dramatic – starting with several false starts and one athlete being disqualification for breaking, leading to a very nervous field. They finally got a clean start on the fourth attempt – with Ollie taking a commanding lead, followed by Andres and Sean from QLD both clear of the rest of the field. Ollie was obviously pushing hard, trying for the record – but hit the 7th hurdle with a lot of force and only his momentum keeping him on his feet. Unfortunately he lost too much speed and so had difficulty getting over hurdle 9 before crashing into the 10th hurdle and falling. This allowed Andres to come through for the win, followed closely by Sean.
Andres said he was aware of the problems Ollie was having during the race – he could hear his exclamations – but Andres’s experience and training allowed him to retain his focus and push through to the line for the win. He was delighted by the victory – but felt bad for his mate Ollie who will no doubt come back stronger and more determined than ever!
Taking out the 100m hurdles + 200m hurdles double at the National championships was well beyond Andres’s expectations – but shows that his hard work at training and refining his technique since All Schools in Adelaide last December, has really paid off.
|Heat||13.53 (+0.0)||4th fastest qualifier|
|Final||13.21 (-0.6); PB||Gold medal & National Champion|
|2nd||Sean Putra Susilo||QLD||13.28|