The Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Juniors have been going to the Queensland Schools Triathlon Championships for the past 15 years, where we have had at least 1 athlete be selected for the Qld Team each year. Prior to this weekend 49 had been selected. In the 16th Year, SCTA had 3 more athletes added to the Honour Board of making the Qld Team.
During the night a massive downpour occurred at Hervey Bay, but we woke to dry roads, a light breeze and cloudy conditions. The Senior Male and Female were up first starting at 8:00am followed by the Intermediates and then the Juniors. SCTA had 12 racing which included the Junior Scholarship Holders of Macey Roberts and Peyton Craig.
In the Junior Female (36 athletes) over the distance of 750/20/5 Jazi Coventry led the swim out and had a strong bike to come off with the leader, while Ella Wooldridge had a strong swim by her behalf and rode thru the field to come off the bike in 3rd. Ella ran well to take 2nd place with Jazi in 3rd place only 12 seconds behind. SCTA Junior scholarship holder Macey Roberts (Darling Downs) had a strong day out finishing off with a very strong run to move herself into 11th Place.
The progression from last year to this year saw all 3 girls move into the Seniors from Intermediate Jazi Coventry - 2017 3rd Place Intermediate Female / 2018 3rd Place Senior Female Macey Roberts - 2017 16th Place Intermediate Female / 2018 11th Place Senior Female Ella Wooldridge - 2017 - NSW / 2018 2nd Place Senior Female
In the Intermediate Males (68 athletes) was held over the 500/15/4 and was a very competitive field. Anyone of 10 athletes could have taken the title out on their respective day. And we saw that that with a large group coming off the bike together. Ryan Marsh had a good swim and had one the fastest rides to put himself in contention with the top 8 off the bike. On exiting the run he ripped his shoe slightly open. He had been battling a chest infection for the past 2 weeks which has happened his breathing. He finished off in 10th. Jack Dann (Darling Downs) put a strong swim and cycle together and ran strongly for him to hold on to 29th place, while Jericho Pogany (Wide Bay) who does a lot of his training at home via a program made his debut at this level with a strong showing to finish 36th and learnt some valuable lessons as well.
The progression from last year to this year Ryan Marsh - 2017 17th Place Intermediate Male / 2018 10th Place Intermediate Male Jack Dann - 2017 45th Place Intermediate Male / 2018 29th Place Intermediate Male Jericho Pogany - 2018 36th Place Intermediate Male
The Intermediate Females (69 athletes) was no different to the Males. A very competitive field and some very close racing. Erin Wooldridge led the charge in the girls and was riding well to be up there in the front, however was done for drafting which meant a 3 min penalty!! She put it behind and ran extremely well to finish 10th. Kayleigh Foster had a great swim and run to finish 27th, while Jorja Matthews rode well and worked thru the run to finish 31st.
The progression from last year to this year Erin Wooldridge - 2017 NSW - 2018 10th Place Intermediate Female Kayleigh Foster - 2017 13th Place Intermediate Female / 2018 27th Place Intermediate Female Jorja Matthews - 2017 38th Place Intermediate Female / 2018 31st Place Intermediate Female
In the Junior Male (85 athletes) over the 300/10/2, SCTA Junior scholarship Holder Peyton Craig had a strong swim and then fastest run to take the title after being 30 seconds down off the bike. He turned the tide on the 2 competitors that beat him the week before. Scott Marsh battle his way to the end after a recent operation on his nose and just getting some fitness back to finish 84th. The progression from last year to this year Peyton Craig - 2017 8th Place Junior Male / 2018 1st Place Junior Male Scott Marsh - 2017 67th Place Junior Male / 2018 84th Place Junior Male
While in the Junior Female (74 athletes) Mia Wooldridge racing girls a year older than her, had a strong swim for her, worked her way on the bike and then had the fastest run overall, with only 2 Junior Boys running faster than her. She ran herself into 10th place. This was her first year being able to compete in the Triathlon
We had 3 Primary School Juniors that lined up in the Aquathlon with a 1km Run / 200m Swim / 1km Run . In the Females (85 Athletes) Heidi Craig had a great race to take out 43rd and 4th Sunshine Coast while Zoe Davis was 75th. In the Males (86 Athletes) Jake Hammond was 54th and was 5th Sunshine Coast.
Well done to all that raced. Full results below Queensland Schools Triathlon Championships - Hervey Bay 08-09.03.19 Senior Female - 750/20/5 Ella Wooldridge - 2nd Place - Qualified for Queensland Team Jazi Coventry - 3rd Place - Qualified for Queensland Team Macey Roberts - 11th Place Intermediate Male - 500/15/4 Ryan Marsh - 10th Place Jack Dann - 29th Place Jericho Pogany - 36th Place Intermediate Female - 500/15/4 Erin Wooldridge - 10th Place Kayleigh Foster - 27th Place Jorja Matthews - 31st Place Junior Male - 300/10/2 Peyton Craig - 1st Place - Qualified for the Queensland Team Scott Marsh - 84th Place Junior Female - 300/10/2 Mia Wooldridge - 10th Place Aquathlon Primary School Male - 1km Run / 200m Swim / 1km Run Jake Hammond - 54th Place Aquathlon Primary School Female - 1km Run / 200m Swim / 1km Run Heidi Craig - 43rd Place Zoe Davis - 75th Place