|Meet Our Athletes---------------------------------National Champion|
Under 20 4 X 100m relay|
This talented foursome has been invincible all season. They easily took the 2001 Australian Schools title which they had won the year before. Even though their winning time was moderately fast, by their standards, they still managed to break their own Australian Schools record they had set back in 2000.
We broke the team into two teams of 16 and 17 year olds for NSW CHS, but reunited them to win the NSW All schools U20 title in which they set a new State Schools record of 42.71 seconds.
Then at State relays, the make-up changed with the inclusion of Joven Clarke. Aaron Warburton was injured and we replaced him with John Thornell. The team went on to break 42 seconds for the first time and won the Junior title in a new State record time of 41.75 seconds. This bettered the ten year old record which was formerly held by Asics Wests. Their time placed them in the top ten National rankings compared to other teams which are mostly State teams comprising the 4 best runners from each state.
2001 Aust. All Sch. U20 4X100 42.18 Gold (Aus. Sch. rec.)
2001 NSW All Sch. 19 4 X 100 42.71 (NSW Sch. rec.)
2001 NSW Relays U20 4X100 41.75 (NSW U20 Relay rec)
Australian All Schools Champions Under 20 Meet. record:4 X 100m 42.96s
Standing on the gold medal rostrum in their WAC body suits in Adelaide were the four most talented male athletes ever assembled for a WAC relay team. Between them, they won a total of 13 medals at the 2000 Australian All Schools.
Watching the four of them run the 4 X 100m relay final was like watching a well choreographed ballet. The four of them stepped onto the track with their suits peeled down to their waists. When the whistle blew, they pulled the straps over their shoulders and got down to business.
The race was already over by the time Aaron had changed to Scott. Aaron had blown the opposition away during the first leg, and with Scott running the back straight (because his torn foot ligaments would be further damaged if he ran the curve) we were quietly worried that Scott may break down. Far from it; Scott increased our lead on the back straight and changed to Fabrice. The change was perfect and with the fastest Junior bend-runner in the country bringing the baton to Joven Clarke you can now begin to imagine the lead that had been developed. Another perfect change and Joey crossed the finish line 30 metres ahead of the nearest team. They met together at the finish line, rolled their suits back down to their waists, showing off the bodies that had worked so hard this year, and stayed together reveling in the moment.
When the presentation music began to play over the P.A., they pulled their shoulder straps back up and climbed up onto the Rostrum. Their facial expressions portrayed pride, joy and dominance. It was a moment that will live in memory; the fastest ever school team in National history.
Top L to R. Aaron Warburton - Scott Burriss |