Elizabeth McMillen of Killarney Heights High has continued her meteoric rise in Australian race walking with an outstanding win in the Australian Winter Walking Championships in Melbourne on Sunday.
Fresh from smashing a 27-year-old race-walking record at the NSW Combined High Schools Sports Association Athletics Championship at the Sydney Athletic Centre, McMillen, 18, beat home a trio of former national champions to take the national U/20 crown over 10km.
McMillen is on the up and up.
In February she just missed selection in the Australian team for the World Race Walking Teams Championships and World U/20 Championships.
“In most previous years she would have been selected,” Athletics NSW official David Tarbotton said.
“But with Australia’s depth and quality in junior women’s race walking she just missed an opportunity to wear the green and gold.”
McMillen can be denied no longer.
She was third in the National U/20 title in 48:58.32 minutes before improving to 48:56.07 minutes for second in the Oceania open title in June.
On the road she first dipped under 50 minutes in May, winning an invitation 10km walk in Melbourne in 49:56 minutes.
Then last Sunday in Melbourne McMillen stunned Australian race-walking with a massive 10km PB of 48:13 to win the Australian U/20 10km Winter Walks title.
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