Ipswich Girls' Grammar School cross country runners Montanna McAvoy and Amy Partridge.
Ipswich Girls' Grammar School cross country runners Montanna McAvoy and Amy Partridge. Inga Williams

In the mud, IGGS students join best in Qld

IN conditions more suitable for a mud bath, two Ipswich Girls' Grammar School students showed their quality at the recent state cross country titles.

Year 7 student Amy Partridge became the new Queensland champion after winning her 12 years age group in Maryborough. She impressed in the 3000m race.

Sporting allrounder Montanna McAvoy came third in the 16 years event, beaten by world class runners from Brisbane State High and St Margaret's Anglican Girls School.

The year 11 IGGS student excelled in the 4000m, despite the testing conditions.

"It was muddy, rainy . . . it was a real cross country,'' IGGS head of sport Gen Isbell said.

"They finished the race head-to-toe in mud and wet.

"It wasn't ideal race conditions so the results on top of that were pretty awesome.''

Amy ran a terrific race, leading and showing her quality.

Montanna was in an elite field, having a showdown with her international competitors.

"It's just amazing,'' Isbell said of the girls' latest achievements.

"I feel like a really proud mum.''

Amy and Montanna will play important roles with the IGGS team contesting their next major athletics championships in October.

They will also represent Queensland at the national titles in Canberra later this year.

Montanna won the 5km female race at last Sunday's annual Park2Park competition.

Montanna is also an elite footballer, having made state teams and representing Western Pride in the National Premier Leagues competition.



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