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Published on 7 August 2012

7 August 2012

Fleet-footed Ben Hayward of Caboolture has claimed the title of the “Fastest Man on Campus” at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Hayward ran 100m in a blistering 11.09 seconds during the final of an Olympics-inspired foot race for USC students at the University’s athletics track on Monday 6 August.

The Business student edged out fast-finishing Tommy Connolly of Minyama (11.19 seconds), while Joshua Lindley of Cooloola Cove had to dig deep to claim third place in 12.26 seconds.

The men’s event attracted about 20 students, including one who dressed as a Spartan – USC Sport’s mascot – complete with sandals, shin guards and a flowing red cape.

It was an international affair in the women’s 100m race, with students from Norway, Mexico and China competing.

It was the Norwegian, Amanda Vågen, who crossed the line first to become the “Fastest Woman on Campus” in a time of 16.26 seconds.

She finished ahead of Mexico’s Erika Medina Garcia (17.26 seconds) and Chinese student Xiaojing Liu (17.32 seconds).

USC Sport’s Gary Moore said he planned to stage the race annually. He thanked the University of the Sunshine Coast Little Athletics Club for providing its electronic timing equipment for the race.

— Terry Walsh

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