Grammar claims another title
IT TOOK a tremendous team effort for Ipswich Grammar School to extend its dominance of GPS athletics on Saturday.
IGS claimed its 13th title of the past 16 years at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre, Nathan.
"It was an exceptionally satisfying win," IGS director of sports and activities Nigel Greive said.
"We had a really good start in the field events which set up our win."
Athletics team and school captain Alec Teevan had described his school's throwers as a strength and they proved crucial, with Aaron Pleash taking out the open shot put and Mitch Michael the open javelin title.
Grammar reaped 425 points from the track, with four other teams passing 400 points.
It indicated the closeness of the contest.
"Our throwers were very good," Greive said.
"They were consistent across all grades. The big improvers were our jumpers."
They were led by Sam Fellows in the open triple jump and Joel Berry in the under-16 high jump, both of whom claimed GPS titles.
IGS only had six individuals and one relay team claim titles.
But 48 personal bests (PBs) from 69 competitors ensured the points kept flowing throughout and delivered the school's 20th title in the past 28 years.
It is a tribute to the depth across the school, with no reliance on individual superstars.
"That's the real difference between our program and most," Greive said.
"We lost a couple of very good sprinters (earlier in the season) and Liam Johnston succumbed to a hamstring injury. But we were still able to get over the line.
"It shows the depth is there and I think we've got a really good handle on the technical events like hurdles, high jump and javelin."
If there was one standout for IGS, it was under-13 sprinter Frank Kuresa.
The Raceview resident took out the 100m, was second in the 200m and 200m hurdles and anchored the victorious 4x100m relay.
Teevan did his bit, surprising himself by taking out second place in the open 200m and fourth in his preferred 400m.
"In the 200m I did a lot better than I'd expected," he said.
"My 400m wasn't a PB but I gave it my all. At other carnivals I don't run the 200m but the school needed the points so I was happy to step up."
It was a proud moment for Teevan, captaining the team to the title.
"It was a very good win and a memorable event," he said.
"I knew what our boys were capable of and had my faith we wouldn't give in when the going got tough.
"Forty-nine PBs from 69 events.
While it was the athletes accumulating the points, Teevan thanked the school's students and supporters who inspired them.
"Without the crowd support, there is no one to look at coming around the last bend," he said.
"I got a 'fire up Teevo, fire up' chant from the crowd. I'll never forget that. It really gets you into the mood."
- Frank Kuresa under-13 100m relay
- Under 13 4x100m relay (Frank Kuresa, Fred Walker, Callum Hicks, Damien Brandley)
- Aaron Pleash Open Shot-put
- Sam Fellows Open Triple Jump
- Joel Berry under 16 High Jump
- Mitch Michael under 15 Javelin