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PROTRACK » GENERAL » 16yo Schoolboy smashes the Open 100m Tasmanian record - 10.44secs

16yo Schoolboy smashes the Open 100m Tasmanian record - 10.44secs

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Schoolboy speeds to a 100m open Tasmanian record time

The Examiner
Sept. 24, 2014

TASMANIAN teenager Jack Hale sent the state's sporting historians into overdrive with a sensational individual performance yesterday.

At the SATIS meet in Hobart, the 16-year-old clocked a time of 10.44 to win the under-16 100 metres.

Recorded in legal wind conditions at the Domain, the time is a new under-18, under-19, under-20 and open Tasmanian record, the fastest by an under-18 in Australia this year and the equal sixth-fastest of any age.

It is just half a second behind Patrick Johnson's open Australian record of 9.93 set in 2003.

Athletics Tasmania executive officer Brian Roe witnessed the feat and likened it to David Lean, the Launceston 400m specialist, who qualified for the 1954 Commonwealth Games largely on the back of his performance at a SATIS meet.

"It is a huge achievement for a 16-year-old to run 10.44, let alone in school sports," Roe said.

"I have not seen anything like this before. Everyone here, especially his schoolmates, realised straight away how quick it was, and the excitement was incredible.

"But I reckon Jack knew he was going to run fast because there was nothing exceptional in his reaction."

A member of the Northern Suburbs athletic club, Hale was representing his school, St Virgils, when he achieved the feat.

Hale came to prominence with excellent performances in the long jump, winning a medal at the national junior championships.

Roe reserved some sympathy for Hutchins sprinter Russell Taib, who broke the 15-year-old meet record of 11.12 by 0.14 seconds but was still beaten into second place by more than half a second.



Hale storm hits Domain Athletics Centre as St Virgil’s student sets new 100m records

Hobart Mercury •
September 25, 2014

St Virgil’s College student Jack Hale on his way to breaking the 100m record.

Hale also broke records in the long jump.

THE Tasmanian athletics community had been waiting 15 years for this moment.

Normally he’s breaking underage records in the long jump but yesterday 16-year-old St Virgil’s student Jack Hale brought an end to Simon Bresnehan’s long-standing Tasmanian Open 100m record of 10.56sec.

But the records didn’t end there.

Hale’s incredible 10.44sec win in the under-16 boys 100m at the Southern edition of the Sports Association of Tasmania’s (SATIS) athletics carnival at the Domain Athletics Centre set a new Australian under-18 record.

It ranks as the second fastest under-20 time by an Australian this year, and the sixth-fastest open time in 2014. But, most importantly, it bettered the qualifying mark for next year’s World Youth Championships.

Hale, who also broke a 33-year-old meet record in the under-16 long jump with his leap of 7.15m, said he might even have to start paying more attention to the glamour sprint in the wake of his staggering performance.

“It feels good but I’m very surprised at the same time to have broken the record,” he said.

“Hopefully I’ll just stick to my long jump and try to progress my speed throughout the year.”

Hutchins’ Russel Taib, 15, finished second in an impressive 10.98, which was also inside the old meet record.

With a tailwind reading of just over one metre a second there were no questions over the legitimacy of Hale’s performance, only questions of how fast he might have gone if the weather had been over 20C and if he was on a quicker track.

Athletics Tasmania executive officer Brian Roe was hard-pressed to think of a better Tasmanian performance in his 40-plus years in the sport, pointing out that Hale’s effort would have won the gold medal at the recent Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

“It’s exceptional,” he said.

“There’s some long-standing records within SATIS that are exceptional, but I reckon this one will never be broken.”

Jack Hale is congratulated by his school mates.

The plaudits didn’t stop there, with Bresnehan and fellow Tasmanian track and field legend, Australian Sports Comission chief executive Simon Hollingsworth glowing in their praise.

“What a great run from Jack. As a former athlete and sports commissioner I think there’s nothing better and healthier for the sport than records being broken,” said Hollingsworth.

“This one is particularly special to me as a proud Tasmanian and a St Virgil’s old scholar.”

Bresnehan had no qualms about his long-standing record being consigned to history.

“Records are there to be broken,” he said.

“It’s a great effort by him and great to see someone break it.”



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