Records tumble at Little Athletics titles

Ryley McKay March 28, 2012

An incredible 70 per cent of athletes recorded personal best times at the ACT Little Athletics Championships on the weekend, but teenagers Erin Prince and Andrea Thompson dominated with their gold medal hauls.

Having won gold in discus and silver in the long jump at the recent Australian championships, Prince collected five golds and two silver medals over the weekend as she set ACT records for the shot put, long jump and 100 metre sprint.

Representing Woden Athletics Club in the under-17 division, Prince showed her athletic versatility by winning the 200m sprint and discus events, while picking up silver in javelin and the 100m hurdles.

Promising Queanbeyan athlete Thompson was no less impressive in the under-13 girls' division, taking home an amazing six gold medals.

Thompson's speed was on display for all to see, claiming victory in the 100m, 200m and 400m sprints, as well as the 80m hurdles, long jump and triple jump.

The three-day event held at the AIS athletics track was host to 600 junior athletes, representing 16 Little Athletics centres.

Woden Little Athletics Club topped the final point score on 2447 points, from Ginninderra (1818) and Gungahlin (1751½).

ACT Little Athletics president Tony Riley said the carnival was a success and praised the 80 volunteers who helped run the event.

''After regionals were cancelled due to rain, we had to cater for a lot more athletes than originally planned. It was the biggest state championships ever held,'' he said.''More than 70 per cent of the athletes finished the day with a personal best time, which is incredible.''

A team of 26 will represent the ACT at the national championships in Hobart on April 21.

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