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Superlatives and Statistics on a stunning night of NSW distance running

Superlatives and Statistics on a stunning night of NSW distance running

Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Sunday, 8 November 2015/Categories: News

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.


  • Two athletes broke the NSW U16 women’s 3000m record:

    • Catherine Miller 9:14.90 (13 seconds under the record)

    • Abbey Rockliff 9:24.93 (second time she has run under her mother’s former record; aged 14 and has one more year to lower the record)

Abbey and Catherine and club mates (Asics Wests) and school mates (Pymble Ladies College)


  • IAAF World Junior 3000m qualifier for Amy Harding-Delooze 9:32.16

    • Also under the standard but are too young for selection: Catherine Miller and Abbey Rockliff


  • 144 men and 64 women lined up in 11 races.


  • 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.


  • Brad Croker broke the Australian 35 years masters record running 8:14.15


  • Imogen Stewart broke the 10-year world age record running 10:04.97


  • Josh Torley’s 8:11.84 is the seventh fastest time by an Australian under-18 athlete:


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)



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