Athletes aspire for personal bests

Posted 8th May 2015

Runner Joe Makeham will be looking to end an outstanding school athletics career on a high, when he takes to the track at the Athletic Association of Great Public Schools athletics championships in Sydney on Saturday (9 May).

Joe, a Year 12 student from Walcha and The Armidale School’s athletics captain, has his spikes set for another personal best in the 1500m, having run 4:11:21 last year in a time that broke a school record set in 1958 – previously the equal oldest record on the school’s books.

He will also be taking in the track in the 800m for the first time, with a sub-two minute result in his sights.

“Joe has had an outstanding career at TAS with numerous dais finishes during his years at this top level, and he would really like to tackle the 800m as well as the 1500m in his final year, and finish on a high,” Athletics MIC Jim Pennington said.

“A number of our boys are competing at this level for the first time and there is no other athletics fixture with as much schoolboy atmosphere.”

The team of 24 athletes will compete in a range of track and field events against boys from TAS’ eight fellow GPS schools – The King’s School, Scot’s College, Newington College, Shore School, St Ignatius College Riverview, St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill, Sydney Grammar School and Sydney Boys’ High.