Sensational sprinting in the 13 and 14 years girls events was the highlight of the first day of the NSW All Schools Track & Field Championships today at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre.
The sprints were held in warm and relatively still conditions Heathcote High’s Ella Nelson ran a blistering 12.27 seconds to convincingly win the 14 years girls event ahead of Kasey Tysoe and Samantha Hulme. Not wanting to be outdone, two races later Maddie Pirie from Picnic Point High ran an even swifter 12.22 seconds – a mere two hundredths of a second outside of the 15 year old meet record held by Mindy Slomka.
In the boy’s sprints Waverley College’s speedy Diego Lobos-Gonzales ran the quickest time of the day with victory in the 14 years race in 11.37 seconds, which was aided by an illegal 2.9 m/s tailwind.
Impressive jumping was on display by Albion Park High’s Tayla King, who hopped, stepped and jumped her way to a leap of 11.58m in the 14 years girls triple jump. King, who last year leapt an impressive 1.70m in the high jump, will be in action in that event tomorrow.
A close race in the 13 years girls 1500m saw Coolah Central School’s Hayley Arden triumph over Anna Laman from MLC Burwood. Arden’s winning time of 4:43.28 was only half a second outside of the record standard for the event. In the 14 years boys race Josh Davies from Knox College ran away from the rest of the field to win by 50 metres in a time of 4:20.81.