Territory Track Time Delivers Record Frenzy
NT athletes produced a massive 18 records at round five of Territory Track Time (TTT) at Arafura Stadium last night.
Masters athletes in particular were at the forefront of last nights meet, inspired by world masters champion Clay Tomkins who was in the thick of the action last night.
Tompkins has been in Darwin all week working with Territory athletes and coaches.
Showing he can still produce world class results, Tompkins dominated the 60-64year age group winning the long jump in 5.19m and missing the Australian high jump record of 1.61m by a clip of the heel with his attempt at 1.62m.
“I'm impressed by the skills and attitude of the young Northern Territory high jump athletes and the Masters community in the NT," Tompkins said.
The New South Welshman is a multiple Australian champion and was using the meet to kickstart his upcoming domestic season in the southern states, with just over a month to go until the Australian Masters Championships in Geelong.
“I'm thankful for the early start to the season by being able to train and compete in the great Darwin weather, so am really looking forward to the upcoming season and definitely will return," Tompkins added.
No less than 18 Territory records fell to masters athletes last night, with Beckie Taylor leading the record frenzy with five new NT masters records. Competing in the 40-44 age group, Taylor produced records of 13.44.20 in the 3000m, 63.81 in the 400m, 13.59 in the 60m Hurdles, 9.52 in the 60m and 1.17m in the high jump.
Other NT Masters record breakers included;
Nola Brockie (70-74) 22.59 in the 100m & 13.71 in the 60m
Roger Chin( 50-54) 13.59 in the 100m & 4.48m in the Long Jump
Angela Librio (45-49) 75.85 in the 400m
Paul Leeman (30-34 ) 65.84 in the 400m & 8.56 in the 60m
Bill Luck (60-64) 3.90m in the Long Jump
Vicky Woodrow(55-59) 14.01.54 in the 3000m
Steven Blake (50-54) 11.10.80 in the 3000m
Australian cross country championships bound athletes Darren Peacock and William McLay used the meet last night to have their final race ahead of the national titles in Tasmania on August 31. Peacock clocked 9:08.00 in the 3000m, while NT Powerade City2Surf 4km winner McLay ran 10:00.27 to test his form ahead of his first Australian championships.
The meet also attracted 15 NTFL umpires across a number of events, who were using the competition as training for the upcoming season.
Athletics NT's season reaches its climax in two weeks, with the NT Championships on from September 6-8.