Halestorm Breaks 100m Record Again
The Halestorm struck again in Perth (WA) last night, with Jack Hale bettering his own Australian Under 18 100m record, clocking 10.38 (+1.8).
17 year old Hale was in Perth to compete at the Big 6 meeting by the University of Western Australia Athletics Club and decided last minute to enter the Athletics WA Strive interclub meeting while he was there.
With perfect conditions, Hale didn’t waste the chance to improve his own Under 18 national record before the end of the year. See basic vision here.
“I wasn’t feeling fresh going into the race, but during the race I felt fast.
“Not getting the time I wanted last weekend in Melbourne got me going in Perth. Knowing I was in decent form and ready to run fast, that got me fired up.
Athletics WA organised the competition, as part of their Strive Interclub meets.
“Atmosphere was kind of relaxed and there wasn’t a big crowd, so it was like a normal athletics meet.
Earlier in the night, Hale had been competing as an invited guest at the Big 6 meeting.
“Within a few hours I did the long jump on grass at Big 6. Then I won the 100m on the grass track in about 10.7.
“I was buggered after that and wasn’t going to run the interclub race. But then I thought the conditions are good, I better make the most of it and so I walked across the road, put a bib number on and ran, which was 45minutes after the earlier 100m race. So I just stayed warmed up,” he said like the casual teenager he is.
Hale’s time also improves on his own Tasmanian Open Men’s record, breaking his own state U’18. U’19, U’20 and Open records in the process.
The performance also moved him up the world rankings list in 2015, to equal 7th with Derick Silva of Brazil who also clocked 10.38 in May at a meeting in Ecuador.
After changing coaches just 3 weeks ago, new head coach Wayne Mason said he knew he was in better form than the clock suggested in Melbourne when Hale defended his Australian All Schools title.
“His run in Melbourne last weekend was probably a little bit below expectations because he got a bit tight and strained during the run, which impinged on his time a bit.
“He went to Perth to freshen up and relax after the Australian All Schools and its amazing what a relaxed athlete can achieve,” Mason said.
The trip to Perth was a chance for Jack to have a relaxed race ahead of a return in March when the Australian Junior Championships will be.
During the week, the IAAF shortlisted Perth (WA) as one of three potential hosts of the 2016 IAAF World Junior Championships, after Russia was stripped of the right to stage IAAF events under their federations suspension. The other two are Bydgoszcz in Poland and a city in India which is yet to be announced.
“The World Junior selection trials are in Perth in March and it was also an opportunity for us to experience the track and now when he returns he will have good vibes.
Hale is scheduled to next race at the annual ‘Reunion Day’ interclub meeting in Hobart next Saturday. He will then line up in the Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals series in Latrobe on December 26, Devonport December 29/30 and Burnie on January 1.our paragraph here.