Quartet smashes record

A NATIONAL record for the 4 x 1500m relay was broken in Saturday's finale to the track and field action at the Oceania Masters athletics titles in Bendigo.

South Australia'a Allan Mayfield, Bendigo's Charles Chambers and Victorians John Graham and John Herridge smashed the mark for the 60-64 years class.

The quartet ran under "exhibition status" and broke the previous mark by more than 55 seconds.

Later in the morning Mayfield won the 60-64 years 3km steeplechase as Chambers, Graham and Herridge cheered him on at the La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Flora Hill.

The gold medal and record-breaking run capped an outstanding campaign for Chambers at the track.

He was one of many Bendigo athletes to excel on home turf.

Chambers also played a key role in organising the cross-country at the Bendigo Jockey Club and Sunday's half-marathon.

The final day of track and field action included 200m, steeplechase, 4 x 100m relays, medley relays, high jump, triple jump and weight throw.

Grant Hicks, son of Terry Hicks, chairman of the Bendigo organising committee for the titles, won the 35-39 years 3km steeplechase.

Kangaroo Flat's Paul Pryse leapt 11.07m to win the 45-49 years triple jump.

Strathdale's Ken Bruechert ran the 200m in 36.53 to be a silver medallist in the 80-84 years class.

Final event on the track was the medley relay. Leg distances were 800m, 400m, 200m and 200m.

Bendigo's Greg Hilson teamed with Andrew Rodda, Rob Lehmann and Jacques Butcher to win gold for 150-194 years in 4:08.20.

Track and field was run all week at LUBAC. 

Results from the 17th Oceania Masters at www.omabendigo2014.com.au

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