NEW HIGH FOR TEAM

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

Mt Druitt Lit­tle Ath­let­ics se­nior mixed team broke its own long jump record at the State Re­lay championships ear­lier this month. More than 8000 ath­letes com­peted at the two-day ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion at Syd­ney Olympic Park in Home­bush.

The Mt Druitt team – Emily Rae (un­der-12), Ethan Kerek (un­der-13, Ethan Dug­gan (un­der-14) and Travis Foot (un­der-15) – landed an im­pres­sive score of 2693, beat­ing their pre­vi­ous record of 2470.

“Each mem­ber of the team jumped a per­sonal best and that’s what the State Re­lay is about,” club pres­i­dent Ron Pol­lett said.

“It’s a re­ally good event for kids who may not qual­ify for the zone and re­gional comps.”

Pol­lett said he had a hard time con­tain­ing his ex­cite­ment while of­fi­ci­at­ing the high jump event.

“It was very hard be­cause I was run­ning high jump while all that was go­ing on,” Pol­lett said.

“You’re not al­lowed to get ex­cited while you’re an of­fi­cial.

“It was amaz­ing es­pe­cially when they an­nounced over the speaker.”

Pol­lett said the teams had spent an ex­tra cou­ple of hours per week prac­tis­ing for the State Re­lay and work­ing par­tic­u­larly on im­prov­ing the long jump.

“They’re good kids,” he said. “They worked re­ally hard.

“They trained on Wed­nes­day nights for four weeks be­fore the re­lay.”

Mt Druitt Lit­tle Ath­let­ics long jump gold medal­lists (front) Emily Rea, 11, with (sit­ting, from left) Travis Foote, 14, Ethan Kerek, 12, and Ethan Dug­gan, 13. Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Mt Druitt ath­letes Cather­ine Schofield, 10, Shaliece Simp­son, 10, James Schofield, 8, Jack­son Moule, 9, Cur­tis Moule, 7, and Jonathan Ca­vanagh, 9. Pic­ture: Justin San­son

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