Sheril's blistering run sets benchmark

Emerald competitors at the Outback Sunset Athletics Carnival in Longreach.
Emerald competitors at the Outback Sunset Athletics Carnival in Longreach.

SHERIL Buchanan has shown the younger ones at Emerald Athletics Club just how it's done, setting a new outback record at the Longreach carnival.

The Emerald competitor set a new 800m benchmark in the 30-49 years event with a blistering time of just 3.08 minutes.

Her feat smashed the existing record by 2.16 seconds.

Outgoing Emerald Athletics Club president Sherryle Nolan said the multi-tasking Buchanan showed no sign of slowing any time soon.

"She hasn't done any form of athletics since she was in high school and she's only getting better with every performance," Nolan said.

A total of 12 athletes competed at Longreach, travelling from as far as Sarina and the Gulf district for the event.

Buchanan was not alone in rewriting the history books with under-16 Emerald high jumper Shane Chapman setting a new age record height of 1.85 metres.

Emerald's Lleyton Cave took out the junior boys overall championship honours, placing first in triple jump, javelin, high jump, discus, long jump, hammer throw and placings in two other events.

Fellow club competitor Shane Chapman won the senior boys championship for the carnival.

Nolan said it was the backing of great coaches and a "friendly atmosphere" that kept club competitors of all ages returning for more.

"We're got a couple of athletes in their 50s who are still at it," Nolan said.

"We've got the coaches who are staying on... we're retaining people."

After two years as club president and three years as vice-president, Nolan will step down from committee positions at the end of this season.

"It's comforting knowing we've got that knowledge base to work from," she said.

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