DIOCESE REPORT: Historic records tumble at Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Athletics Carnival

The Diocesan Athletics Carnival was held last week and an array of track and field talent was on display.

Students were competing to represent the Diocese at the state catholic Polding trials in September.

Some exceptional students will be competing in three or more events: Hope Kuliesa-Keen, St Joseph’s Charlestown; Piper Bowen, Holy Name Forster; Sienna Newton, St John the Baptist Maitland; Eliza Callinan, St Paul’s Rutherford; Eve Howard, St James Muswellbrook; Poppy Doran, St Joseph’s Charlestown; Curtis Mulherin, Corpus Christie Waratah; Xavier Stewart, St Michael’s Nelson Bay; Luke Marco, St James Muswellbrook; and Jacob Dempsey, St James Kotara.

In the 8yrs 100m Olivia Johns from Cessnock broke a 17-year-old record with a time of 15.01.  Phoebe Doran from Charlestown broke a record in the 11 yrs 800m, which has stood for 16 years, running 2:44:79. Her sister Poppy broke the senior 800m record with a time of 2:39:58. Abrahm Russell from Lochinvar broke an 18-year record in the 11yrs 800m event with a time of 2:31:68. Kobi Wright from Muswellbrook broke a record in the 11yrs high jump with a height of 1.28m, while TJ Hughes from Charlestown broke the record in the senior high with a height of 1.39.

All Saints College defeated Holy Cross Ryde in the quarter finals of the NRL Schoolboy Cup. They finished the pool games ranked one outside the seeded teams of Patrician Brothers 1, Westfield Sports 2 and Endeavour Sports 3. They will face Patrician Brothers Blacktown in the semi-final.