Club’s 1500m record felled after 15 years standing
A RECORD as old as the Isis District Little Athletics Club has finally been toppled, at the club’s final night for the season.
The final club night for 2015/16 was held on March 11, and not only was there a swag of personal bests achieved, but the record that had been in place since the club’s inception in 2000 was broken on the very last event of the evening.
Luke Adamson set not only a new personal best, but also broke the 15-year-old record for the 1500m race, which was set in 2000/01 by Richard Murphy.
Adamson chopped 2.9 seconds off Murphy’s time of 5:50.4 to cross the line in 5:47.5, securing the record which had eluded him all season and also taking an impressive 3.4 seconds off his own previous PB.
Fifty-eight athletes attended the final club night, including Tiny Tots McKenzie Hamann, Piper Bartlett, Charlie Green, Nicholas Haggett, Charlie Richards, Emily Johnson and McKenzie Murton. But the night belonged to the U8 and U11 age group competitors who stole the show, with 80% of the athletes in each age group recording personal bests.
U8 Michael Ebert recorded PBs on the track as well as field event. Slicing 10ths of seconds off his 60m hurdle (15.2sec) and 200m (46.8sec) times he increased his long jump distance by 19cm (2.34m). Fellow age group team member Johannes Smith recorded two PBs, also slicing 0.2sec off his 60m hurdle (13.9sec) and extending his vortex distance to 8.82m (+1.22m).
But it was all happening in the U11 age group. The U11s managed a third of the total number of personal bests for the night.
Chloe Duguid and Lily Bauer both recorded improvements in their discus and long jump events. Duguid increased her discus by 1.05m (10.78m) and long jump by 22cm (2.43m). Bauer’s distance of 13.91m was an improvement of 48cm in her discus. In long jump she reached 3.18m, a 32cm gain.
Duguid followed up, slicing 1.4sec off her previous 200m track event where Miss Bauer chopped 0.5sec from her 60m hurdles.
Fellow age group team members who obtained two personal bests each included Molly Woods 200m -0.6sec (37.9s) and LJ +15cm (2.90m); Jordyn Pershouse 200m -0.9sec (39.4s) and 60mH -0.2sec (13.7s); Matilda Cockayne DIS +14cm (10.08m) and LJ +17cm (3.14m).
Bringing the age group’s personal best tally up to 17 in total were Ella Blanch DIS 10.48m (+3cm) and Lachlan Eschbach LJ 2.67m (+9cm).
Before Adamson finished his night on a high with his new record, he also managed to add a 46cm increase in discus (18.08m) and long jump (4.10m).
RECORD BREAKING: Luke Adamson broke the inaugural 1500m Centre Record.