Running into the record books
OCEAN Shores State School student Mackenzey Ormiston created history on Friday by becoming the first girl to win the Queensland and NSW All-Schools cross country double.
Under-8/9 competitor Mackenzey completed the double with a win over 2km at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway in a time of 8min39sec.
The race was transferred to the raceway from the nearby field due to Sydney's big wet last week.
And after the first 700m, Mackenzey's victory was never in doubt, going on to win the race by 50m.
“That's when she hit the front and from there she was never headed,” Mackenzey's father Ian Ormiston said.
“Up against the best kids in Sydney and the rest of the state, we would have been happy for her to get a top-10 finish.
“In our wildest dreams we didn't imagine this.”
But Mackenzie certainly dared to dream.
“We just told her to just do her best but she said to me ‘I'm going to win this race, Dad' before it,” Ormiston said.
“She's a very tough little girl with a high pain threshold.
“There's not much of her but she's very strong.”
Mackenzey's toughness shone through last year when she underwent two operations to repair a broken ankle.
At a family gathering, she was running around with a group of kids when her foot got caught on a wooden paling as she jumped over a small retaining wall.
Mackenzey's mother Cynthia then spun around to see her daughter hanging upside down with her foot lodged in the fence.
As a result of the freak accident, Mackenzey was put in a leg cast for nearly two days before she underwent surgery to insert a temporary metal screw into her ankle.
But she bounced back this year in the best possible fashion.
Mackenzey started her 2011 domination at schools level when she took out the Queensland All Schools 2km cross country championship in May in a time of 8min30sec.
And on July 2, Mackenzey came second in the 5-10 years' 4km dash at the Gold Coast Marathon.
“That was great,” Ormiston said.
“She went gangbusters after that.”