AFTER checking out her rivals’ records, Ashlyn Blackstock was always confident of winning the shot put at her first Australian All Schools track and field titles in Adelaide on the weekend.
The discus was a different story.
The 13-year-old, though, returned home with a gold medal in both events and a personal best in the discus to lead the Hunter achievements.
The year 8 Belmont High student won the under 14 girls discus with a throw of 41.89 metres, bettering her PB by 41 centimetres. Fellow Hunter thrower Imogen Petrie was second with 38.43m.
Blackstock was just outside her PB in the shot put with a throw of 14.13 but still won the title by almost two metres.
“We knew there wouldn’t be much competition in shot put but I was a bit worried about discus because there were girls there who were throwing in the high 30s,” Blackstock said.
“[The discus PB] was a bit of a surprise because in the training sessions leading up, I wasn’t throwing very well. I lost balance and was all off, so it was nice just to get one out past 40.”
The victories continued a standout year for Blackstock, who won the NSW CHS and All Schools double.
Stephanie Scigala, another thrower from the Gerry Target training squad, also won a national title, taking out the under-18 girls division with a PB of 15.49m. Eastlakes’ Bella Ferfoglia was second in the under 16 girls shot put.
Dungog High’s Lleyton Lloyd won the T20 boys’ long jump, Leroy Reid was part of NSW’s winning under 16 boys 4x100m relay team and took bronze in the 400m.
Emily Whelan (under 18 high jump) and Luke Young ( under 18 1500m) were silver medallists and Tiahna Skelton (under 16 200m) claimed bronze.