Competitive boys triumphant at athletics carnival

WINNERS: Lucas McPherson and Hayden Hardy made new records in their favourite category at Brikdale State School's athletics carnival. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia
WINNERS: Lucas McPherson and Hayden Hardy made new records in their favourite category at Brikdale State School's athletics carnival. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

FRIENDS off the field but sport rivals on the track, Lucas McPherson and Hayden Hardy have broken two sports records at their school’s athletics carnival.

Birkdale State School held the event two weeks ago where Lucas made a dash to the finish line during the 600 metre race in 1.48 minutes.

“I feel very proud,” he said.

“I was in front of everyone by 100 metres and I won other races too.”

Hayden also broke the shot put record with a 7.39 metre throw while Lucas was traveling behind him to take second place.

“I’m very happy because I was hoping to win this time,” he said.

“I missed the record by six centimeters last year.

“I like competing because I’m sporty and like having fun and beating people.”

The 9-year-olds qualified for the multiple events at the carnival after making tryouts at the school.

The duo also competed against each other in high jump with Lucas placing second and Hayden taking third and taking part in the 80m race with Lucas winning while Hayden took bronze.

Mother Kellie McPherson said despite the boys’ competitiveness, they maintained a strong friendship.

“As soon as their done, they check to see where the other is and compare notes to see who jumped further and who ran the fastest,” she said.

“It’s all in good spirit.”

Mother Jemma Colcord said the boys were inseparable as they continued to play soccer for the same club, compete in sports and ride their dirt bikes together.

“They are very supportive of each other and always give each other a high five whenever they do well,” she said.

The boys aim to beat their records next year.