RUNNING quickly is something that comes naturally for four young Farrer schoolboys.
With a bit of expert relay running coaching from Gunnedah’s Maryanne Perkins, the quartet – Jordan Allan, Lachlan Wheeler, Luke Howes and Jed Englert – almost won a gold medal at the recent State CHS Athletics Championships at Homebush in Sydney.
The Farrer four were just a stride away in third, running 49.08secs in their Under 13 4x100m relay.
The winners ran 48.8secs and second 48.9secs.
Englert was the lead runner.
He has a best of 13 seconds and is a five-eighth in his Farrer Under 13 side that was beaten in golden-point extra time of the recent Country Cup Under 13 Final in Dubbo.
Second runner was Gunnedah’s Luke Howes, who has a best of 12.78secs.
Then came Tamworth’s Lachlan Wheeler, who also has “13 flat” as his PB.
Which brought Werris Creek’s Jordan Allan into play.
He was giving 20m start when he grabbed the baton from Wheeler but the little fullback scorched home.
He has a best of 12.20secs.
It was an impressive effort by the quartet who had not run a relay together before they lined up in the regional CHS carnival in Tamworth.
They ran 53.18secs and broke the 2009 record, which had also been held by a Farrer quartet.
At the NSW CHS Carnival,they won their heat in 49.63secs and then dropped that to 49.8secs in the final with their fast-finishing third.
Perkins deserves plenty of accolades for her work with the boys in the four-week lead-up to the carnival.
Ethan Sherlock (a teacher at Farrer) also helped out with a couple of lunchtime sessions.
During the lead-up to the State Carnival three of the boys – Englert, Wheeler and Allan – were also training for their Country Cup Rugby League Final in Dubbo with Farrer while Howes, an inside centre, was also playing and training for his rugby union commitments.