Track and Field Knockout Win for Knox


In the build up to the all-important Combined Associated Schools (CAS) Track and Field Championships, Knox defeated more fancied rivals and scored an important win in the senior division of the NSW State Schools Knockout Competition.

The senior team of Myalls Paterson, Will Owen, Aonghus McEwen, Scott MacLennan, Oliver Knight, Josh Davies, Oscar Cowie and Tim Abbott finished almost 200 points clear of Barker College with Cherrybrook Technology High in third place.

The Knox senior team contested the 100m (Owen, Cowie), 400m (Paterson, Abbott), 1500m (Davies, Paterson), 110m hurdles (McEwen), medley relay which is 800m, 400m, 200m, 200m (Davies, Paterson, Abbott, Owen), Javelin (MacLennan), Shot Put (Knight), High Jump (McEwen) and Long Jump (MacLennan).

These boys have now booked a place in the national final to be held in Brisbane on 5 December.

State representatives, Josh Davis (1500m), Myalls Paterson (800m) and Scott MacLennan (Javelin) all said “we have a good mix of specialist athletes and all-rounders which works well for this style of competition”.

The Schools Knockout, which is conducted by Athletics Australia and is now in its 21st year, takes a predominately single participant sport and transfers it into a team-oriented competition for Junior (U14), Intermediate (U17) and Senior (U19) categories. Teams of 7 to 9 athletes cover 11 individual events and a relay.

Mr Matt Cavallaro, Master-in-Charge of Track and Field, went onto explain that rather than a first-past-the-post points system, points are allocated on the performance of each athlete. For example, Davies ran 4.11.04 for the 1500m to score 1118 points while Paterson ran 52.70 for the 400m and 1111 points. These points are tallied for all events, and the team with the higher score wins.

“This type of scoring makes the competition much more even and exciting” said Track and Field Captain, Paterson.

Knox had entered four teams in the State Knockout; the junior teams placed 5th and 8th while the intermediate team finished 6th.

“All the teams did exceptionally well and there were some great individual results as well, such as Will North’s 961 points in the Junior 800m; this augers well for the Knox track and field program”, said Head Coach, Nathan Shute.

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