Assumption College athlete Mitchel Langborne brought home two medals from the 2019 Australian All Schools Track and Field Championships in Perth last weekend.
The year nine student won silver in the under 16 boys 800 metres and bronze in the under 16 boys 1500 metres, following on from winning gold in both events at the Victorian All Schools Track and Field Championships last month.
Langbourne’s second-place time of 1:53.89 in the 800m beat his own personal best by four seconds and the previous meet record, which had stood for 14 years by 0.24 seconds.
His 4:02.26 in the 1500m was also two seconds better than his previous personal best.
Langbourne said he only expected to finish in the top half in each race, but the preparation and conditions were perfect on the day.
“It was an amazing day for the 800 metres,” he said.
“It was a really hot day but our race was at 6pm and the wind absolutely calmed down for the race.
“It was a quick track and the weather cooled down as well so it was the best conditions for the 800 metres.”
Langbourne said the trip to Perth was relaxed and put him in a good frame of mind to run such fast times.
“It was really relaxed and felt more like a camp than nationals,” he said.
“I just had a bunch of mates that I run with and just having them there, we just mucked around the whole time and it felt more like a camp.
“It did help because my mind was off the race until I was at the track.”
Langbourne competes for Keilor-St Bernard’s Athletic Club and is eyeing off a gold medal at the 2020 Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney in March, but isn’t getting ahead of himself.
“At the moment, I don’t really know how far I want to take it,” he said.
“I’ll aim for first at nationals then see where I go from there. I don’t want to have too big of a goal, just want to get the little ones first.”
Mother Rachel Langborne said the family was extremely proud of what her son had been able to accomplish.
“He’s very dedicated. He’ll catch a bus down to the train station and do his own training sessions on his own,” Ms Langborne said.
“He’s very determined to get where he’s gotten. He makes sure he eats properly and he knows all the different things with his growth and how it can affect his races.
“He really looks into it, it’s not just turn up and see how you go, he really studies it and makes sure he’s prepared.”