Georgetown heptathlete Sophie Stanwell smashes record at Hunter Track Classic

SWELTERING conditions at the Hunter Track Classic had little effect on Newcastle and Lake Macquarie's elite.

The annual athletic meet was held earlier this month at Glendale's Hunter Sports Centre, with several local contenders.

Georgetown heptathlete Sophie Stanwell breezed through the women's 200 metres and finished first with a meet record time of 23.98 seconds.

It slashed the previous record of 24.02, set in 2002 by two-time Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Lauren Hewitt.

Stanwell said despite the heat, she ran faster than she did last year and was happy with the outcome.

"It's kind of nice to break someone's record of that stature," Stanwell said.

The win handed the 22-year-old her second consecutive 200m title at the Glendale meet.

After a stellar performance in the NSW Combined Event Championships three weeks ago, Stanwell awaits news on her selection for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Her partner, Liam Wanless, of Blacksmiths, also celebrated success at the Hunter Track Classic.

He finished sixth in the high jump, after an ankle injury he sustained in training forced him to sit on the sidelines for the inaugural Newcastle Gift the night before.

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