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Jade Cameron, 12 competed at the 2016 NSW Junior and Youth Track and Field Championships on the 5th of February 2016. Jade competed in the U15 3000m Women and ran a time of 11:12.52 to finish 8th, and 4th in the U14’s. This was a new PB for her as it was her first attempt at a 3000m track race. Still 12, at her Eastern Suburbs LAC Club Race, she came 1st in the U13 1500m clocking 5:15.68, a new club record. Turning 13 in March, she competed in the Randwick Botany Harriers Club XC on the 9th of April, 2016 in the Club 2km finishing 1st in the Open age group in a PB of 7:44.86.
On the 16th of April, 2016 she competed in the NSW Novice Cross Country Championships in the Open age group. Jade ran in the 4km race and clocked a new PB of 15:53.80. She then went on to compete at the Sydney 10: on the 7th of May, 2016 in the 2.5km road race. She finished in a new PB of 9:15.40 to place 6th in the U14’s. On the 22nd of May, 2016 Jade competed in the 5km race of the annual Albie Thomas Rockdale Fun Run. In her debut for 5km, she ran a PB of 20:38.60 to win both the U14 and U18 categories. On the 27th of May, 2016 she competed in her school CGSSSA (Catholic Girls Schools Sports Association) Cross Country Championships. Jade finished 2nd in the 13 years girls 3km race in a time of 11:09.70, only .20 off the winner. She then backed up the next day to race in the Athletics NSW State XC Relays as a part of the Randwick Botany Harriers U14 4x2km relay. She covered her 2km leg in a PB of 7:14.89 to help her team to 4th place.
Jade ran at her school athletics carnival on the 14th of June, 2016 and won both the 13 years 1500m and 800m in respective times of 5:19.82 and 2:36.47. Ironically, Jade’s 800m winning time just missed the record by .02 which was set in 1974. The Athletics NSW Long Course Cross Country Championships was held on the 26th of June, 2016 at the tough Nowra XC Course. Jade ran the 3km U14 race finishing 9th in a time of 11:41.20. The Athletics NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships was held on the 30th of July, 2016. Jade competed in the U14 2.5km race finishing 8th in a time of 9:24.92.