Members of Ocean State AC were in action again over the last two weekends both locally and internationally, with some fine performances and PB’s to show for it. Including a sub-4 minute mile and a top-10 performance at the World Indoor Championships.
IAAF World Indoor Championships
Ocean State AC’s star athlete Julian Oakley headed off to Birmingham, England to compete for his native New Zealand at the World Indoor Championships. Julian proved that he truly is a world class athlete now with a fantastic ninth place finish in the final there. On Friday March 2nd Julian finished fourth in a very competitive heat two in a time of 7:55.92 to qualify automatically for Sunday’s final. The final would prove to be a far more tactical affair with the leaders coming through 1km in 3:08, but Julian proved that he can mix it with the best in the world, and as the pace winded up he got stuck in. He closed in 2:27 for his last 1km to finish in a time of 8:18.6 for ninth place, just four seconds off the winner, and taking a few major scalps along with it.
Temporary Ocean State AC member Harvey Dixon also competed at these championships, for Gibraltar, in the men’s 1500m, often the most competitive event at any athletics championships. Harvey put in a very solid performance in heat two, running a national indoor record of 3:49.89 off a slow pace. Unfortunately this was not enough to qualify him for the final. However with more performances like these we may be looking to make Harvey a permanent signing, for what could be a club record transfer fee.
BU Last Chance Meet
A number of Ocean State AC athletes competed up in Boston on Sunday 25th February in what was the last open indoor race of the season. Jordan Mann, Harvey Dixon, and Kevin Cooper all competed in the mile, which was an excellent event including fourteen sub-4 minute miles. One of those sub-4’s was by our very own Jordan Mann, who finished seventh in heat one in a time of 3:58.94 to dip under the four minute barrier for the very first time. Shortly afterwards, in heat three we had two more very strong performances in the colours of Ocean State. Harvey ran a great race to win the heat in a time of 4:03.34, and Kevin Cooper put in what was arguably the best Ocean State performance of the day to finish fourth in a time of 4:05.66, ambushing some quality athletes in the process.
Later in the night, Hugh Armstrong ran in the 5km, finishing third in a time of 14:18.18. The time was still a bit off his best but he raced well over the last three laps to finish third.
The rest of this month will see racing slow down a little bit for the Ocean State AC lads, as we have the gap between the indoor and outdoor track season. Some of the team plan to hop into some road races in the meantime, while others will wait to late March or early April to make their outdoor track debuts.