Records fall to teen runner

BREAKING track records has be- come as routine as stretching before a race for 15-year-old Jane Merry.

The North Rockhampton High School track star took home five golds and broke four records at the Central Queensland Athletics Club Track and Field Carnival at the weekend.

She competed in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 metre events and broke records in all but the 1500m. "I hope to eventually get to the Olympics,'' she said.

"I started taking racing seriously about three years ago.''

In those three years, she has bro- ken records in Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville.

She said she was constantly trying to improve her speed, and trains hard five days a week.

"I'm running three days and in the gym for two,'' she said.

Her dedication is paying off though and she placed second in a 400 metre national event last year.

And even though she remains driven, winning isn't everything for Jane. "I originally got involved in the sport because it was fun and a good way to meet people,'' she said.

This weekend Jane will head to Brisbane, where she will compete against club athletes from all over Queensland in a lead up to the na- tionals.



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