The 2017 NSW Relay Championships were held at SOPAC on November 4-5. Nowra Athletics Club entered just a handful of male teams this year but the boys had some great success and did the club proud.
Cooper Thomson, Lachlan Kaszonyi, Blake Hartnett and Sam Taylor competed on the track in the U18 4x400m and 4x200m relays finishing 7th in both events. They then also ran in the U20 4x100m finishing 5th. Considering that Blake Hartnett replaced an injured Emerson Brian at the last minute and the young boys competed against much older competitors they did extemely well.
In the field on Saturday, Cooper Thomson, Siwa Harvey-Aziz, Blake Hartnett and Sam Taylor competed in the U18 discus and shot and came away with two silver medals. Ron Cox coached the boys on the day and said that he thinks it might be the first time Nowra has ever entered a boys throwing team. What a great result!
On Sunday sprinter Lachlan Kaszonyi stepped into the throwing team instead of Siwa and the team placed 4th in the U18 javelin. Sam speared 46.02m, Cooper 42.01m, Blake 33.28m and Lachlan 18.97m.
The boys also were unlucky to fall short of a medal in the U18 long jump with Lachlan Kaszonyi unfortunately recording three fouls. Sam Taylor jumped 6.15m, the third biggest jump on the day behind athletes from Trinity and Nepean. Cooper Thomson landed 5.90m and Blake Hartnett jumped 5.27m for a combined total of 17.32m.
Congratulations to our athletes and big thanks to Ron Cox and Mel Mustapic for organising and coaching over the weekend.
Next year it would be great to see more teams of all ages competing so if you are interested be sure to talk to the committee!