Jacob Lawrence with his recent little athletics state medal.
Jacob Lawrence with his recent little athletics state medal. Gerard Walsh

Teen fast tracked

JACOB Lawrence is ready for the race of his life against some of the best in the nation in the Brisbane Track Classics at the State Athletics Centre tomorrow night.

The 15-year-old The Scots PGC College student will run in a Queensland under-18 team against some of the best runners in Oceania in a 4 x 400m relay.

The team has been selected to provide race competition in a field including open teams from Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Australia and the Australian youth team.

The four by 400m relay is an event where the runners leave their lanes and head to the inside lane during the first leg and often results in close contact between runners.

Lawrence has a best of 51.8 seconds for the 400m but is improving under the training of Neil McCoy at the Glennie track in Toowoomba.

He also competes for the Warwick Little Athletics Centre and late last year won a silver medal in a medley relay at the state little athletics relay day.

Lawrence ran the 800m in a relay where runners negotiated 200m, 400m and 800m distances in one event.

While living in Moree, Lawrence was part of the Moree Little Athletics Centre for four years and has been part of the Warwick centre for the past two years.

The Australian open and youth teams in the 4 x 400m and 4 x 100m relays will be deadly serious tomorrow night at the State Athletics Centre as both teams need two qualifying times to make it to the Olympics and World Youth Championships.

Lawrence travelled to Brisbane last Sunday for some training under Queensland Academy of Sport coaches.

"It will be good to get some exposure to international competition, I expect it will be a whole different atmosphere," he said.

Former two-time world champion Jana Pittman will run at the meet.


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