LED by the energetic year 12 students in their final athletics meet, enthusiasm was the key to the success of Mansfield Secondary College’s annual athletic sports, held last Friday.
For a second year running, Hillary, on 710 points, led by captains Lachie Christopher, Bethany Kirley, Taylor Mullins and Luke Fabris, was too strong for its rivals, with Churchill on 677, Landy 671 and Bader 585.
The competition was intense across a number of age groups with newcomers Brooke Mullins, Annabelle Fox, Jessie Reed, Nick Watson, Colby Croxford-Demasi and Sam Thomson battling it out in the younger age groups, while the older boys James Cousins, Patrick Marks, Oscar Schapiro, Mason Spierings, Louis Spierings and Jack Nation provided some spectacular athleticism on the track and in the field.
There were many highlights on the day: Bridgette Fox, year 8, put the shot nearly 8m, the longest distance among the girls’ competitions; Nick Wilcox not only equalled the 17 year old boys high jump record of 1.80m but delighted a large crowd when he demonstrated that he could also break the 20 year old boys high jump record by jumping 1.82m later in the day; Sarah Poole finished her athletics career at MSC by winning her sixth consecutive 80m hurdles race; Claire Murphy and Amelia Stephenson broke the gender barrier when they competed with the boys in the 20 year old 4x100m relay; Lily O’Grady and Maya Wincer competed in their own long jump competition and won valuable points for their respective houses; and many of the year 7s competed against older age groups.
A number of records tumbled, with dual record breaker Tynan Mims breaking the longest standing record of the day, the 14 year old boys 800m set by A Zeidler in 1983.
Mims also broke the 14 year old boys 400m.