Lailah’s record

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.

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