Record Breaking Australia Day.

Published Sun 05 Feb 2023

The North West Athletic Club hosted the State 3000m Championships and the 800m Relay Championships along with our usual interclub competition at the Penguin track on Australia Day. Zahli Westcombe broke the club's Under 14 and Under 15 3000m records and taking the gold in the Under 15 3000m State Championships. Meanwhile Chelsea Scolyer set a blistering pace breaking both club and state records in the 100m and club records in the 200m.

Chelsea's 11.94 seconds in the Women's 100m earned her State Under 17, 18 & 19 records as well as the Under 18 Club record. The North West Under 18 100m record was previously held by both G Simpson 12.0s (1983) and M Kay 12.0s (1994). The State Under 17 record is an improvement on her own time of 12.05s set it 2021 while the Under 18 and 19 record is an improvement on the 1998 12.02s time set by Lauren Jeauncey. Chelsea backed up that race with a club record of 24.69s in the 200m beating her previous Under 18 record of 24.84s set in 2021. Congratulations Chelsea, we are looking forward to seeing you take this form into the State and Australian Championships with such a turbulent time with injury now behind you.

The women's 3000m State Championships saw our own Lily Overton and Darcy Miller pitted against Newstead's Abbie Butler who grabbed the state title ahead of Lily in second and Darcy in third. Hannah Frankcombe took out the Under 18 3000m Championship and Zahlie Wescombe broke 2 club records in her win against Melaleuca Bestley of Sandy Bay in the Under 15 Championship. Zahlie's time of 10:27.59 broke Ashley Fehlberg's Under 15 club record of 10:31.39 set in 2022 and SJ Atkins' Under 14 club record of 11:18.80 set in 1993.

The Men's 3000m State Championships had NWAC runners Max Green, Angus Lennecke and James Frankcombe fighting for places behind a great run by UTAS athlete James Hansen who took the state title in a time of 8:06.70. Max picked up bronze while Angus finished 5th and James 7th. Oscar Young, a newcomer to the club, took out the Under 18 3000m state championship and Hudson Hyland-Wealands took out the Under 15 title.

The 4 x 800m relay championship in both men's and women's was hotly contested. Congratulations to NWAC 'B' team, Riley Simpson, Jobie Wescombe, Oscar Young and Daniel Reeves for your win in the men's relay and NWAC 'G' team, Lily Overton, Jenna Saltmarsh, Hannah Frankcombe and Darcy Miller for your win in the women's.

Congratulations to all of our state champions, record breakers, competitors, coaches and officials for a great day of competition.