Hayley leads fine Lockyer effort
RISING country athlete Hayley Reynolds displayed her potential, winning three gold medals at the recent Queensland Junior Championships.
Hayley was among the fine performers from the Lockyer District Athletics Club.
The 12-year-old from Hatton Vale won the under 14 100, 200m and long jump.
Blustery conditions during the Saturday competition provided additional challenges.
During more pleasant conditions on the Sunday, Hayley achieved a personal best of 27.29s in her 200m sprint.
Another club competitor Annie McGuire continued her excellent progress with wins in the under 16 high jump and long jump events.
She also won a bronze in the under 18 long jump.
In the under 17 high jump, consistent performer Carley Stieler showed the benefit of hard training. She won the competition with a leap of 1.65m.
Carley's sister Ashlee contested the state titles after a testing heptathlon competition in Canberra the previous weekend.
Ashlee answered the challenge with some excellent performances.
Ashlee leapt a brilliant 5.61m in the under 20 long jump, also win- ning a silver in the high jump and a bronze in the 100m hurdles.
Her second placing (25.36s) in the 200m final was a brilliant effort against Queensland's top sprinter.
In the heptathlon event in Canberra, Ashlee achieved personal bests in all seven of her events. She increased her points score by 400 in a final tally of 5144.
Joel Walk overcame recent injuries to perform well in his under 16 events. He won a silver in the high jump and came third in the long jump and 200m.
Lockyer club quartet Hayley, Annie, Carley and Joel will head to Perth for the Australian Junior championships next month.
Ashley and Maddison Wells will compete in Sydney at the end of March in the Australian Combined Event Championships.