With very little introduction at Saturday night's Open Women’s NSW State Mile championships at the Illawarra track classic, Jaylah Hancock – Cameron exploded off the start line showing her dominance from beginning too end taking out the race in a time of 4:41.95.
Having a nice clean start that placed her in front position and in the clear she ran a confident, relaxed race extending her lead with every lap. Her technique didn’t falter one step as she ran her race and was a clear winner of the event running over the line in 4.41.95, consistent with her time for her last mile event a couple of weeks ago, the Albie Thomas Mile, against the elite of Australia that saw her finish fourth as she dragged the pack for the bulk of the race before coming home with a 5 second PB. Though it just wasn't enough on the night giving her a very respectable fourth place in a highly esteemed field her 5 second PB resulted in Jaylah being ranked number 1 in the world for under 18’s Jaylah's mother Leanne told the Beagle "Racing is learning, she ran from the front a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t run her own race, which you so often hear Athletes say at the conclusion of a race....... Belief, focus always on yourself not on what other athletes are doing in front or behind you, was what Jaylah took from her previous race...."
Above: The gold medal at Saturday night's Open Women’s NSW State Mile championships included a controversial bottle of champagne (because she is only 16) that came with an added special touch of a photo taken and placed on bottle of Georgia Winkcup 2nd, and Lauren Carey 3rd. Fellow Limitless Track Team Member, Harm Schaap of Ulladulla, ran his best race to date having his breakthrough running a inspirational 6 second personal best in the 3000m winning the race in the last 400m having sat back in 5th place at the bell. Harm ran a 8.55.04 in warm conditions cementing his nationals qualifying time after they made it 10 seconds quicker
Above: Jaylah Hancock-Cameron and Harm Schaap were victors last weekend