NEW HIGH FOR TEAM
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