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Shepparton athletes break regional records

Shepparton Little Athletics Club members had a successful Northern Country Region Championships at the weekend, with two regional records broken and 30 gold medals won.

HANNAH DRISCOLL February 26, 2014 4:57am

Shepparton Little Athletics Club came home with 70 medals and two regional records after the Northern Country Region’s Track and Field Championships at Albury at the weekend.

Liam Schreck, 15, and Gabriella Hill, 13, broke the records in the under-15 boys’ triple jump and the under-14 girls’ javelin, respectively, while the club picked up 30 gold, 24 silver and 16 bronze medals.

Blake Damon, Jordan O’Brien, Jack Popplestone, Lucas Rachele, Hayden Reynolds and Lee Reynolds also finished the weekend with personal bests.

Hill has been competing in javelin for two years and her throw of 33.38m beat the previous record, but it was actually below her personal best of more than 35m.

‘‘I didn’t actually know the record was lower than what I normally throw,’’ she said. ‘‘I was pretty happy, overwhelmed.’’

Hill came third in the under-15 javelin throw at the Victorian Track and Field Championships this month, and was disappointed with that result because she had a ‘‘really bad day, it was really bad weather’’.

Schreck, who also won gold in the 100m hurdles and discus and silver in the 200m, also improved on his Victorian championships triple jump showing with a new regional record of 12.45m.

‘‘I jumped 70cm more in Albury for the regions than I did the week before at states,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve always just found I’ve jumped well at Albury, all the years I’ve been there I’ve jumped well.’’

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