SPECTATORS at the Monto zone school athletics carnival last Friday were on their feet as they cheered 11-year-old Lailah Mitchell across the line to beat a 28-year record.
The St Therese school student ran 800m in 2.41:37, bettering a time of 2.42:41 set by Tania Morely in 1986, which at the time beat a record that had been held for 11 years.
“Two laps is easy compared to three kilometres,” the seasoned cross country runner said.
“I just decided to go as fast as I could for the whole race.”
Lailah’s dad Breno said the pair had trained together.
“She also had scrambled duck eggs from our pet ducks for breakfast this morning,” he said.
“That might have helped spur her across the line.”
After being knocked and getting winded during the State Primary Schools Cross Country Championships in mid-July, Lailah said she was glad she had another chance at success.
Breno Mitchell celebrated with daughter Lailah.