North Coast runner is state’s top U20s steeplechaser
A BYRON Bay runner has cemented his status as the fastest under-20 steeplechaser in the state.
Bailey Crabtree competed in the NSW Athletics Junior State Championships in Sydney at the weekend, testing his pace against the best in the state for the U20 men’s 3000m and 3000m steeplechase.
On the first day of the competition, Bailey faced a strong field in the 3000m and fought hard to the line to finish fourth with a new personal best of 8.49.
However, with his true pedigree in steeplechase, Bailey saved the best to last, competing in finals for this event on Sunday.
Leading from the start, he increased the gap throughout the race to finish 40m clear of the rest of the field, securing his title as the fastest U20 steeplechaser in NSW.
With this win, Bailey has become a double champion for the 2019-20 athletics season, as he also won the NSW all-schools event in October 2019.
Bailey is now in training for the national championships in Sydney at the end of March.
He trains with the Byron Bay Runners’ Senior Squad.
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