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Mackay Athletes Shine at 2024 Oceania Athletics Championships

Mackay Athletes Shine at 2024 Oceania Athletics Championships
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Stellar Performances in Fiji

The 2024 Oceania Athletics Championships held in Fiji saw a remarkable display of talent from Mackay athletes and officials. Representing their region with distinction, these athletes showcased their dedication and skill, contributing to Australia’s strong presence at the event.

Pole Vault Highlights

Kasey McCahon and Kayce Hoani-Vincent, coached by Paul Hallett of Altitude Pole Vault North Queensland, made significant marks in the women’s pole vault. McCahon secured 4th place in the Open Women’s category with a 3.20m clearance, while Hoani-Vincent took 5th place in the Under 18 Women’s category, clearing 2.80m.

Sprinting Success

Mikayla Webb, coached by Leanne Hines-Smith, demonstrated her sprinting prowess by winning her 100m heat in 12.19s and claiming a silver medal in the final with a time of 12.21s. She also competed in the 200m, finishing 4th in the final with 24.85s, and was part of the 4x100m relay team.

Senior Men’s Competitions

The senior men’s sprints saw Ngakau Ufton and Damon Brown facing top-tier competition. Ufton clocked 11.62s in the 100m heat, while Brown ran 11.01s to qualify for the semi-final. Both athletes also competed in the 200m, with Brown finishing 5th in the semi-final with 22.45s. They teamed up for the 4x100m relay, finishing 4th, and Ufton helped his 4x400m relay team win bronze in 3.40.63.

Rule’s Distance Triumphs and Officials’ Key Roles

Toby Rule, coached by Ryan and Genevieve Gregson of Gregson Running, tackled the Under 18 Men’s distance events. He placed 8th in the 1500m, 5th in the 3000m, and 5th in the steeplechase. Rule’s efforts culminated in a bronze medal in the mixed 4x400m relay.

Trudie, Kirsty, and Belinda Rule, officials from Mackay, were critical to the efficient operation of the 2024 Oceania Athletics Championships, demonstrating the power of Australian athletics on a global scale.

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