Relay team simply best

THE fast feet and gutsy hearts of the Penrith Anglican College athletics team ensured the college won all nine relay events at the New Anglican Schools Sports Association Athletics Carnival earlier this month.

Triumphing in both the A and B divisions across both the male and female events in the junior and senior categories, also helped propel the college to first on the carnival's overall school leaderboard.

"We dominated every relay," PAC Junior School sports co-ordinator, Joe Rodgers, said. "There wasn't even one close finish — it was really convincing."

Certifying the college's authority over the track was their victory in the blue-ribbon event, the best of the best relay.

It unites each school's fastest nine,10, 11 and 12-year-olds and serves as the carnival's exhilarating finale.

Blitzing all nine relays isn't a first for the college — they executed the same dominance two years ago.

"We've definitely developed an athletics culture," Mr Rodgers said.

"This year the college has won all three major carnivals — swimming and cross country too — which is pretty amazing."

As coach of the college's relay teams, Mr Rodgers led their preparation and praised the students' discipline and determination throughout their training sessions.

Late withdrawals led to "a few setbacks" but Mr Rodgers said "always those things happen, but you push through".

One of the college's highlights from the individual events was defending NSW discus champion Angus Harrold, 11, who threw 42.77 metres and smashed the former NASSA record by 10 metres.

Having combined talent and sportsmanship to outshine all other NASSA schools, Mr Rodgers said the college was "really proud" of the efforts of its students.

"They represented their college with pride," he said.

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