Competitors line up for the under-16 girls Capricornia Cross Country Trials in Emerald late last month, with three primary school students selected.
Competitors line up for the under-16 girls Capricornia Cross Country Trials in Emerald late last month, with three primary school students selected.

Students run hard into strong comp

IN just 12 months, the Central Highlands primary schools cross country contingent has boosted its Capricornia representative credentials by three.

Running at the Capricornia trials at the Fairbairn Dam in Emerald, runners from schools around the region - big and small and primary through to secondary - ran until their little hearts could go no further and the relatively small Central Highlands field did surprisingly well.

Sasha Kelly from Denison State School finished just short of the top place in her age group, running second in the under-11 girls.

Louise Millar from St Patricks in Emerald ran third in the under-10 girls, followed closely by Nicole Burley from Emerald North in fourth.

All three girls will now run at the State Cross Country Championships at Roma in the coming weeks.

Emerald State School teacher and the students’ cross country coach John Wieden has been there for all the ups and downs of training in the lead-up. He said it was no easy feat to make selection, even for the Capricornia trials.

“It is pretty hard for the kids to get to this level,” Wieden said. “They’ll run into some pretty strong competition around here.

“But it’s all for a bit of fun and health and fitness as well.

“I’ll try and teach them a few strategies they can use and then if it doesn’t work out, the training is there for next year.”

Also running well for Central Highlands were Katie Tebbat (Emerald State) 10th in under-11 girls, Finn Keogh-Byrne (St Pats) 9th in under-11boys, Lucy Heinemann (St Pats) 10th, under-11 girls, Mitch Holzwart (St Pats) 10th under-12 boys, and Luke Gallaghan (St Pats) 8th in under-13 boys.

“It just shows that with commitment to training, good results can be achieved.”


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