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Monash University student athletes, Jack Lunn (Engineering/Science) and Mia Scerri (Commerce), have etched their names in the record books at the 2023 Pacific Games held in the Solomon Islands.  With stellar performances, both athletes achieved gold medals and broke long standing event records.

In a momentous triumph, Jack Lunn displayed sheer prowess and determination in the 800m running event, obliterating a Pacific Games record that had endured for an astounding 24 years. The previous benchmark of 1:49.54 seconds, set by Isireli Naikelekelevesi of Fiji during the 1999 Mini Games in Guam, was surpassed by Lunn's exceptional performance. He claimed victory in 1:48.43 seconds, cementing his place in history and securing the gold medal.

Lunn reflects on his experience at the Pacific Games this year. “It was amazing to win an event at my first open international competition, and to wear the green and gold on a podium is something I will not take for granted.”

“The 800m itself was quite tough, hotter than I’m really used to, and much more humid. With that said, I’m pretty happy with the time, and it’s a really unique experience to open my 23/24 season with this kind of completion” Lunn continued. 

Mia Scerri, showcased remarkable talent and resilience in the Heptathlon event at Honiara’s National Stadium. Dominating the competition from the start, Scerri triumphed in three of the four events on the first day of the Heptathlon. Her unwavering dedication continued the next day, where she claimed victory in two out of three events – the long jump (reaching an impressive 6.19 meters) and the 800m (finishing in 2 minutes and 24.20 seconds). With an insurmountable lead, Scerri culminated her exceptional performance with a total of 5624 points, securing the top spot and clinching the gold medal.

Scerri acknowledged the lifelong memories that were made in the Solomon Islands. “Winning the Gold medal wearing the green and gold is something I’ll never forget. Being amongst supportive teammates in tough conditions made it an experience of a lifetime.”

“My highlight of the competition was jumping the 1.77 in the high jump with my teammates supporting me. Crossing the line after the 800m knowing I put everything I had into the past two days made it all worth it” said Scerri.

The achievements of Jack Lunn and Mia Scerri serve as a source of immense pride for Monash University and Australia, demonstrating the exceptional calibre of talent fostered within the university.

As these bright young stars bask in their well-deserved success, their achievements at the Pacific Games undoubtedly set the stage for promising futures. Monash University eagerly anticipates witnessing their continued growth and success in the realm of athletics, as their remarkable feats inspire future generations of aspiring athletes.

To follow Jack Lunn and Mia Scerri on their sporting journeys, follow them on Instagram: @miascerri and @jack.lunn1  

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