Kids excel in hot mile challenge

Taj StubberAlbany Advertiser
Oliver Pass and Riley Robertson battle out the finish of the Peter Watson Mile.
Camera IconOliver Pass and Riley Robertson battle out the finish of the Peter Watson Mile. Credit: Laurie Benson

Albany Little Athletics Club held its final meeting before the Christmas break with more than 75 competitors taking part in the annual Peter Watson Mile last Saturday.

Albany MLA Peter Watson was in attendance to urge participants of all ages on in the warm conditions at the local track.

Five different age groups competed in the event with the two lower age groups running 700m instead of the full mile race.

Each age division had a female and male winner.

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Caleb Benson leads eventual winner Mitchell Eeley-Woodhouse.
Camera IconCaleb Benson leads eventual winner Mitchell Eeley-Woodhouse. Credit: Lauire Benson

Mason Banham and Channel Middleton took out first place in the under-6/7 division for boys and girls respectively.

In the 700m race for under-8/9 category, Jindy Boyle and Heidi Reichstein crossed the line in front of their fellow competitors.

In the first of the mile races, Mitchell Eely-Woodhouse and Georgia Whitelaw were in the under-10/11 event.

Riley Robertson leads the way.
Camera IconRiley Robertson leads the way. Credit: Laurie Benson

Riley Robertson and Demi Burns were too good in the under-12/13 division crossing the line in first place.

In the final mile race, Logan Lionetti took out the boy’s under-14/17 division in a swift time of 5min. 25sec while Lilly Scroza completed the race in 6:51 to take home the girls title.

Watson presented awards to the winners of each respective race named in his honour and other athletes who obtained the highest number of personal bests for the season at the conclusion of the event.

Albany Little Athletics Club will return to action on January 11.

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