IN A HURRY: Chloe Hackett picked up a swag of awards at the Grafton Little Athletics Club presentation.
IN A HURRY: Chloe Hackett picked up a swag of awards at the Grafton Little Athletics Club presentation. Grafton Daily Examiner

Chloe's going places ... fast

IF young runner Chloe Hackett is hoping for a good birthday or Christmas present from her mother Kristy this year, she has a funny way of going about it.

Last month The Daily Examiner reported the 14-year-old's effort in bettering her mum's 19-year-old Grafton Little Athletics record over 3000m by 16 seconds.

Since that feat on February 27, Chloe has beaten two more of Kristy's benchmarks.

On March 6 she broke the 800m record with a time of two minutes, 25 seconds.

A week later she came out and completed the hat-trick by smashing another of her mother's records, this time in the 1500m, with a time of five minutes, four seconds.

Chloe's amazing run of success began back in December at the zone athletics carnival when she claimed placings in the 200m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m to qualify for the regional carnival in Newcastle.

A strong showing at the regional carnival - first in the 3000m, second in the 1500m and third in the 800m - was good enough to earn a place at the State Little Athletics Carnival at Homebush last month.

Competing against the best young athletes in the state, Chloe won silver (3000m) and bronze (1500m) medals.

Remarkably, she ran personal best times in the three events she contested.

In the 3000m she stopped the clock at 10 minutes, 46 seconds, a whopping 37 seconds faster than the time she ran to beat her mother's record in Grafton.

Fellow Grafton Little Athletic Club member Sarah Donnolley, 9, also ran personal best times at the state titles in the under-10 girls' 70m and 100m heats.

Chloe's superb efforts on the track were recognised at the Grafton Little Athletics Club presentation last week, where she picked up the age champion, club champion, best distance athlete and athlete of the year awards.



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