Records tumbled today at the NSW All Schools, with impressive performances in the 12, 13 and 14 years age groups.
Cherrybrook Athletics Club athletes Jenny Blundell and Courtney Cross both bettered the meet records in their gold medal winning performances. Blundell, a year 8 student at Cherrybrook Technology High, took two seconds off her previous personal best to run 2:09.06 in the 14 years 800m. Cross, who attends Cheltenham Girls High, won the long jump in a wind assisted 5.68m.
Olympic discus finalist Dani Samuels, who participated in the NSW All Schools as recently as two years ago and is the ambassador for this year's event, had the pleasure of presenting the gold medal to the winner of the 12 years girls discus, Yasenaca Denicaucau of Lithgow High. Denicaucau broke Samuels' meet record with a throw of 42.19 metres.
The 13 years girls discus saw two athletes better the meet record, with Taylah Sengul throwing 40.21m to finish less than ten centimetres ahead of Filoi Aokuso.
In the sprints Maddie Pirie ran a sensational 24.88 seconds in the 13 years girls 200m. Pirie had earlier equalled the meet record with a run of 25.08 in her heat. Heathcote High's Ella Nelson ran even faster in the 14 years race, finishing three hundredths of a second outside of Olivia Tauro's meet record with a run of 24.44 seconds.
In the 12 years boys 200m Broght Appiah from Kensington Public took four tenths of a second off the previous record with a run of 24.08 seconds.
Distance runners David Ricketts and Cameron Page had a close tussle in the 17 years boys 3000m, with Ricketts running away from Page to clock a personal best of 8:39.93. Both Ricketts and Page (8:41.85) finished inside of Ryan Gregson's meet record.