LONG-TIME distance running records were broken in Saturday's fourth round of Athletics Victoria Shield League track and field action in Bendigo.
In the 3000m raced at the Retreat Road complex in Flora Hill it was Bendigo Harriers' veteran Jill Wilkie who put in a record-breaking run.
Wilkie's time of 11:16.74 broke the Centre's 50-plus record of 12:07.5 set by Harriers' clubmate Lyn Crome in January, 2008.
South Bendigo's young run Logan Tickell added another record run to the list.
Just days away from his 15th birthday, Tickell ran the 1500m in 4:13.37 to set a Bendigo Centre record for the under-15 age group.
The previous record of 4:18.4 was set by Ian Prendergast from Kerang at the Epsom track in October, 1994.
Prendergast played 65 senior games for Carlton Football Club between 2001 and '06.
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Saturday's meet drew a record tally of 154 competitors.
Bendigo Harriers, Bendigo University, Eaglehawk and South Bendigo were joined by athletes from Albury, Essendon and Chilwell.
A superb run by South Bendigo's 40-plus women kept going.
South's squad of 11 in that age group scored more than 10,000 points and now lead their nearest rival in the 40-plus women's category by more than 9000 points.
Eaglehawk was represented by 52 athletes and again racked up plenty of points in the race to be among the top two in Premier division.
A squad of 10 represented University Pride and put in a superb effort to lead the day's standings in division five.
Among the many athletes in form were Eaglehawk's Lachlan Start, 45.26m at javelin and 12.60m at triple jump; Albury's Xavier Pitt in 100m hurdles, javelin and shot put; Eaglehawk's Angus McKindlay and Harriers' Jorja Hill at javelin.
First of the women's 100m heats ended in a dead-heat between Eaglehawk's Andrea Archibald and Harriers' Abbey Conquer after they ran 13.51 seconds.
Stars at shot put were Harriers' Jake Gavriliadis, South Bendigo's Emma Berg and Kai Norton, and Eaglehawk's Olivia Graham.
Those to leap a long way at triple jump included Harriers' Jake Gavriliadis, 11.54; Eaglehawk's Denise Snyder, 10.63; and South Bendigo's Abbey Hromenko, 10.24m.
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