LESHAY Wells is fast making a name for herself in distance running.
LESHAY Wells is fast making a name for herself in distance running. Tweed Daily News/Craig Sadler

Tweed's pint-sized bullet train

BANORA Point distance runner Leshay Wells wasn't even born when the last 3000m record was set at the North Coast Track and Field Championships at Lismore.

But that didn't stop the 15-year-old demolishing the 24-year-old record to establish herself as the best-ever high school female distance runner north of Taree.

Her stunning time of 10mins 42secs took four seconds off the previous record set in 1985 by Narelle McKean of Coffs Harbour.

Even Olympic triathlon bronze medallist Emma Moffatt had been unable to better the highly-respected mark in her day.

It was also a national qualifying time for the pint-sized Wells, who stands just 1.49m and weighs only 39kgs.

The Border Striders ace had national steeplechase medallist Paige Single for company through halfway (5.20), but her kickdown with three laps remaining proved a race-winner.

Wells, a Tweed River High Sport Development Program member, had twice the reason to celebrate after the event, with news Athletics NSW had selected her for the Australian Cross-Country titles to be held in Nowra on August 29.

Earlier in the day she had also qualified for the Combined High Schools 1500m event after finishing second (5.05) to Grafton's Chloe Hackett (5.03).

Fellow Border Striders Jacquie Soden (13yrs 800m champion, 2.38), Chloe Lamb (16yrs 800m runner-up, 2.36) and Charlotte Dance-Wilson (16yrs 1500m runner-up, 5.36) also qualified for the upcoming Combined High Schools championships.

Wells' most recent success is just the latest in a string of great results, having also returned from the NSW All-Schools Cross-Country Championship with a bronze medal.

Wells clocked a good 14.22 for the 4km course at Eastern Creek to finish behind national schoolgirl 800m champion Jenny Blundell (13.51) and Windsor's Elese Gallen (14.12) in the 100-strong field.

There, stablemates Ava Cormack of Bangalow (fifth in nine years 2km) and Uki's Cheyanne O'Brien (12th in 17yrs 4km) also impressed.



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