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JUNIOR STATE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

Thanks to all competitors and volunteers that made this a fantastic event. Heres some notes from the Chief Commissaire.

Friday evening – TT and Scratch events with 47 riders taking part.

TT – some very close times and PB’s by the riders, in particular in the U17 men places 3-5 were separated by 100th’s of second.

Scratch races- All grades were very competitive and no holding back right from the start, even with the small numbers in the women’s grades.

U13’s were combined, and despite several attacks, it wasn’t until the last few laps that the group broke up.

U15 females saw Sarah Tucknott slowly ride the others off her wheel, and soloed to victory over the last few laps. U15 males, saw attacks from various riders, but none being successful, apart from stringing the riders out around the track. In the later stages Kasey Smith powered away for the win.

U17 females saw several breaks, but they were all unsuccessful with Alicia Buchanan bringing the group back together. In the final sprint, it was Alicia Buchanan and Nikken Jeffries going head to head in the home straight with Nikken taking the win, but only just!

U17 males saw the race of the night with Michael Storer making the first major move and he was quickly joined by Matt Jackson. The two worked together, sending the rest of the bunch into disarray and they lapped the field. Alex Rendell tried valiantly to bridge the gap, although he made up some distance, it was all too late. In the final run to the line another close finish saw Matt Jackson take the win from Michael Storer.

Saturday – Sprints

U13 females had 2 derby rounds, with points (5,3,2) being allocated to determine the winner

U13 males had 2 derby heats, followed by an A and a B final

U15 females – with only 5 riders, the riders were quickly into semi final rounds where there were clear winners. The finals proved a tussle, with Sarah Tucknott and Jade Haines going to 3 rounds, with Sarah eventually edging out Jade who is a relative new comer to Track cycling.

U15 males, all rounds were hotly contested.The bronze ride off between Bryce Lanigan and Kieren Scott went to 3 rides, with Kieren emerging the eventual victor.

U17 females – again with only 5 riders they were quickly into semi finals. The final round saw Tahlay Christie too quick for Nikken Jeffries, while Alicia Buchan took bronze over Shannon Sherwin.

U17 males – saw 14 riders in the qualifying 200, thus the top two had a bye while all the others went through to round 1.The winners proceeded to subsequent rounds while there was a ride off for 5-8th places. Matt Jackson was again successful in taking out the final

Sunday – Pursuits

Despite losing a couple riders to sickness, all riders still had energy after 2 days of racing to set PB’s or a new State record, in the case of Matt Jackson in his qualifying round..

U13’s – 1km and just the one ride. the first 3 place getters in U13 males were inside the current WA State record

U15 females – Sarah Tucknott and Jade Haines continued their tussle, Sarah edging out Jade in the final

U15 males – again we saw Kieren Scott and Bryce Lanigan go head to head for the bronze, with Bryce this time just toppling Kieren. The final was also a close ride between Hayden Turton and Kasey Smith, with Hayden coming out on top.

U17 females – once again we saw Nikken Jeffries and Alicia Buchanan head to head in the final Alicia started out quickly and maintained a lead for several laps before Nikken upped the ante and in the final lap there was nothing between them, how ever it was Nikken who managed to just cross first. Jemila Anderson took bronze from Shannon Sherwin.

U17 males – Darcy Pirotta held off Alex Rendell for bronze, but the race of the day was between Michael Storer and Matt Jackson in the final. Michael was out quickly and soon built up a lead of 10-15 metres over Matt, who had to turn on the after burners in the last two laps and just made it to the line ahead of Michael.

Matt Jackson was named ‘Rider of the championships’ after taking out all his events.

The 3 days saw some great racing from the Juniors and all bodes well for the Nationals in March. All riders were present for medal ceremonies and group photos at the end.

Thanks to Track Cycling and all the volunteers for making the championships run smoothly

Results:

U/13: 250m Time Trial: Boys: 1. T Hayward; 2. D Aamodt; 3. S Barrett. Girls: 1. E Lendrum: 2. L Hodges; 3. K Bonser.

3km Scratch Race: Boys: 1. T Hayward; 2. S Barrett; 3. D Sellar. Girls: 1. L Hodges; 2. E Lendrum; 3. K Bonser.

3 lap Derby Sprint: Boys: 1. B Aamodt; 2. T Hayward; 3. D Sellar. Girls: 1. E Lendrum; 2. L Hodges; 3. K Bonser.

1km Individual Pursuit: Boys: 1. S Barrett; 2. T Hayward; 3. D Sellar. Girls: 1. L Hodges; 2. E Lendrum; 3. K Bonser.

U/15: 500m Time Trial: Boys: 1. K Smith; 2. H Turton; 3. K Bonser.Girls: 1. J Haines; 2. S Tucknott. 3. J Lawler.

5km Scratch Race: Boys:1. K Smith; 2. B Lanigan; 3. H Turton. Girls: 1. S Tucknott; 2. J Haines; 3. J Lawler.

200m Sprint Qualification: Boys: 1. K Smith; 2. H Turton: 3. K Scott. Girls: 1. S Tucknott; 2. J Haines; 3. J Lawler.

3 lap Sprint: Boys: 1. K Smith; 2. H Turton; 3. K Scott. Girls: 1. S Tucknott; 2. J Haines; 3. J Lawler.

2km Individual Pursuit: Boys: 1. H Turton; 2. K Smith; 3. B Lanigan. Girls: 1. S Tucknott; 2. J Haines; 3. J Lawler.

U/17: 500m Time Trial: Boys: 1. M Jackson; 2. D Pirotta; 3. C Lambert; Girls: 1. T Christie; 2. N Jefferies; 3. A Buchanan.

7.5km Scratch Race: Boys: 1. M Jackson; 2. M Storer; 3. A Rendell.

5km Scratch Race: Girls: 1. N Jefferies; 2. A Buchanan; 3. S Sherwin.

200m Sprint Qualification: Boys: 1. M Jackson; 2. D Pirotta; 3. S Rubery.Girls: 1. T Christie; 2. A Buchanan; 3. N Jefferies.

3 lap Sprint: Boys: 1. M Jackson; 2. D Pirotta; 3. C Lambert. Girls: 1. T Christie; 2. N Jefferies; 3. A Buchanan.

2km Individual Pursuit: Boys: 1. M Jackson; 2. M Storer; 3. D Pirotta. Girls: 1. N Jefferies; 2. A Buchanan; 3. J Anderson.

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