8 November 2015
Superlatives and Statistics on a stunning night of NSW distance running
Last night under the dime lights at the historic ES Marks Athletics Field in Sydney, NSW distance running shone bright with a stunning number of records, world junior qualifiers and personal bests. Maybe the athletes were inspired by the appointment this week by Athletics Australia of Ken Green to the role of Gold Coast GOLD Endurance Coach to be based in Sydney.
Here is a summary of the performances.
Abbey and Catherine and club mates (Asics Wests) and school mates (Pymble Ladies College)
Women’s 3000m - 16 athletes ran under 10 minutes including eight teenagers and four under 16 athletes.
Men’s 3000m - 14 athletes ran under 8:25 minutes including four teenagers. Also 24 athletes were under 8:40.
Personal bests in the A races: men – 9 athletes, women – 18 athletes
The first 14 in the women’s race ran personal bests including winner Bridey Delaney and Lexy Gilmour who broke her 9-year old pb set in 2006.
Australian All Time List – U18 3000 METRES
8:01.26 Ryan GREGSON 260490 N 3 Sydney 10.11.07
8:05.47 Cameron PAGE 120691 N 6 Sydney 08.11.08
8:09.12 Jacob BIRTWHISTLE 040195 T 2 Melbourne 08.12.12
8:10.52 Michael POWER 090576 V 1 Melbourne 16.12.93
8:11.0 Ben PHILLIPS 250173 S 1 Adelaide 03.10.90
8:11.49 Jack STAPLETON 280995 N 4 Melbourne 08.12.12
8:11.84 Josh TORLEY 300499 N 4 Sydney 07.11.15
8:11.94 Paul FENN 170980 V 2 Melbourne 19.12.97
Read a full coverage soon including event reviews and what the athletes said about their runs soon on the Athletics NSW website and social media channels.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Images: Abbey Rockliff (left) and Catherine Miller who both ran under the NSW under-16 3000m record (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)