Nicholas Wassink, having his fist competition hammer throw for the season, set his standards high when he eclipsed the old record by over eight metres to set the new mark at 32.98 mts.
Nick has been working hard over the past few weeks under his coach Quinton Stead (ex Hammer Thrower) in his attempt to compete and be competitive in NSW All Schools Championships in Sydney next week. The old record has stood for more than five years and was held by Mitchell Hynes in 2008.
There were 21 improvements set on another cold blustery evening as the competition heads for the second round of competition.
Young Kate Maurier (U/7G) got her improvements in the field events where she put on over a metre in the Shot Put with a heave of 4.30 mts and 19 centimetres in the Long Jump (1.94 m). Damien Kennedy (U/7B) was also able to increase his Shot Put distance out to 3.24 mts and like Kate only a small improvement in the Long Jump in taking his best out to 1.89 mts.
Charlie Alcock (U/9B) shaved 3.4 second off his 400 mts to come home in 1m33.61 sec. It looks like Charlie will break through the 1m 30sec mark over the next few runs. Charlie's Discus throwing is back into the form he had last season. Thursday's throw of 13.48 mts nearly equals his PB from last season.
Wayne Watkins (U/10B) managed to gain his improvements in the Long Jump leaping 2.60 mts and in the Discus hurling it out to 13.92 mts an all time PB.
It was the first Hurdles night on Thursday with some outstanding results across the board.
It was great to see the older age group athletes striding over the Hurdle with tremendous vigour and prowess as they cleared the nine flights of hurdles on their way to the finishing line. Hayley Morris and Muruna Muroz tacking the 90 mts Hurdles (72cms) for the first time, showed potential for this event. Halley clocked 22.72 sec and Muruna impressed with 20.43 sec.
The U/14 boys also displayed their grasp for the event. Liam Rankin stepped up from 80 mts Hurdle from last season to 90 mts this season and is close to his best hurdle form (mts/sec) from last year on his first outing for this season.
Liam will lower his time as the season unfolds.
This week he clocked 19.40 sec. Another U/14 boy trying the Hurdles for the first time was Bailey Webb. Bailey cleared all flights on his way to the finishing line in the time of 22.38 sec.
Riley Kennedy and Bailey Rogers, both U/13 boys, managed the closest finish in the 80 mts Hurdles on the night with only two mts separating them at the line. Riley, a first timer over hurdles, kept pace with Bailey, as Bailey moved from U/12 to U/13, so did the distance and height of the hurdles also change. Bailey's time was 18.75 sec and Riley's 19.22 sec.
Other top performances on the night were mainly in the 60 mts Hurdles.
U/6's boys stepped to the starting line for their first encounter with Hurdles. Two boys whistled over them if they had years of experience, Cooper Walsh and Tyrell Bartlett. Both boys were within 10 per cent of the record on their maiden run. Tyrell's time of 16.84 sec is just over half a second off the record and Cooper's not far behind that in 17.70 sec.
U/9 boys all had excellent times with Charlie Alcock the fastest time of the night over 60 mts Hurdles in 12.69 sec and Andre Moruz 13.61 sec was the second fastest. Jake McPherson also recorded a PB with 14.07 sec.
Brianna Rankin (U/11G) was the fastest girl on the night in 13.62 sec and very close behind her was U/12 Girl Emmer Watkins (not in the same heat) with 13.63 sec.
Emma has stepped up to a new hurdle height of 68 cms, which is 8cms above her previous season height.
Emma also leapt to new PB in the Long Jump distance of 3.10 mts, breaking the three the metres barrier for the first time.
There were two other top performances in the field events, both in the U/11's with Taylah Maurier (G) and Jordan Davis (B) heaving the Shot Put over the 7mts mark and only three cms separating them, with Jordan 7.67 mts and Taylah 7.63 mts.
The order has gone into the Man Up Stairs for a warm evening with very little wind for next few competition nights.