Thomas Lloyd and Jacob Willett were the top two in 12 year’s long jump at St Mary’s.
Thomas Lloyd and Jacob Willett were the top two in 12 year’s long jump at St Mary’s. Gerard Walsh

Talents jump to some high levels

IT came down to the last jump and a bar which almost stayed on to decide the 12 years high jump winner at the St Mary's Primary School sports yesterday.

Jacob Willett and Thomas Lloyd both cleared 1.21m at Hamilton Oval yesterday but Jacob won on a countback.

In the high jump which Thomas rates as his best event, both went close to clearing 1.24m.

Thomas clipped the bar and it almost stayed on falling as he stood up to move out from the foam.

For Jacob, a change in his run-up proved a winner.

He ran in from the right side last year to clear 1.09m for fifth but moving to the left enabled him to jump 1.21m.

In 2010, Jacob won the age championship and last year it was Thomas.

This year's winner won't be determined until Friday when the sprints finalise the program along with relays and ball games.

Yesterday, this year's athletics started with field events and the 800m.

Both Thomas and Jacob have experience from Warwick Little Athletics but in between seasons, they didn't practice high jump other than three sessions at school.

"It is always close between us which is fun," Thomas said.



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