In preparation for the coming NSW Athletics Junior Championships next week, Luke Jeffrey has been smashing local club records.

Last Thursday, Luke broke two long-standing records in the under-14 boys 400 metres and 90m hurdles events.

In the 400m, Luke recorded a time of 1.01.20, which was previously held by Josh Allen with a time of 1.01.71 from 2005. 

The 90m hurdles saw Luke smash the old record of 16.31 held by Sam Dawson. He broke the 16-second mark with a 15.98.

In October last year, Luke also broke the 800m under-14 boys record held by Brian Ferguson who recorded a time of 2.32.18 in 2005. Luke again smashed the time, recording a 2.26.29.

The Year 8 St Mary’s College student is in prime form for the NSW Junior Athletics Championships and will compete in the 100m, 200m, triple jump, shot put and discus.

Speaking to the Gunnedah Times, Luke said “this is my first year qualifying for state and I am really excited to have made it that far”.

“It’s also my first year competing in NSW Athletics events. I am proud of my achievements so far and I am looking forward to continuing my training so that I continue to improve”.

In January, Luke gained experience in preparation for next week’s comp, having picked up four medals at the NSW Athletics Country Championships on January 22 and 23. He earned a bronze in the 100m, silver in the triple jump and high jump and a gold in the shotput.

A week later, Luke picked up more medals at the Little Athletics NSW Region 1 Championships on January 29 and 30. He earned bronze in the high jump, silver in the 100m and triple jump and gold in the shotput, discus and 800m.

Following next week’s meet, Luke will compete at the Little Athletics NSW State Championships on March 19-20 with seven more weeks left in the Gunnedah Little Athletics comp.

Luke has been competing in the Gunnedah little athletics competition since he was six years old and is coached by Andrew Frend from ZooM Athletics Group.

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