Young athletes burn up European tracks

The Macdermid sisters - Kara and Zia - from Awatapu College, are burning up the athletics tracks of Europe.

Older sister Kara is busy setting personal bests and national records.

She set a New Zealand under-17 1500 metres recordat a meeting in Watford, Hertfordshire, last week, finishing second in 4min 17.72sec.

That broke Rebekah Greene's time of 4:18.90 set in Moncton, Canada, in 2010.

Macdermid, 16, was just outside Anne Lardner's 1988 under-18 record of 4:17.19.

And just two weeks ago she won the 1500 metres at the Bauhaus under-20 Junior Gala at Mannheim , Germany.

She also raced in the Flanders Cup in Ghent, Belgium, yesterday and was third in the women's 3000m in a time of 9min 19sec, just off her personal best.

The Canadian woman who won in 8:54.87 is part of that country's Commonwealth Games team.

Younger sister Zia, 14, was second in the under-17 Frank Horwill Mile in a personal best of 4:57.47, and sixth overall in the women's mile race at the BMC Oxford Grand Prix meet in England.

A planned race in Coventry next week has been cancelled.

Manawatu Standard