Medal-winning end to year for school students
REGIONAL athletes finished their school season on a high, sharing in an impressive medal haul at the Australian All Schools track and field championships in Canberra.
Among the top achievers were Hayley Reynolds, Annie McGuire, Hayley Wright and Rochelle Vidler.
Leading regional coaches Vic Pascoe and Bailey Pashley were proud of the competitors they have been working with at club and school level.
The athletes had to be wary of becoming dehydrated during the three-day competition.
"Very hot and dry conditions were the order of the day at this meet,'' Ipswich and District Athletic Club coach Pascoe said.
"The wind on most occasions was favourable for the sprinters but it did have an effect on some of the athletes.
"Competition was a very high standard as many meet records were broken.''
Despite the extra challenge, Hayley Reynolds and Annie won gold medals in their long jump events.
Hayley, from Faith Lutheran College, leapt a personal best 5.38m.
She shared fourth place in the 100m final in another best performance.
Hayley was also in the Queensland team that won a relay silver medal.
West Moreton Anglican College student Annie also rose to the occasion.
"Annie had a tough competition with three girls within 3cm of one another before the final round with Annie in second place,'' Lockyer District Athletic Club mentor Pashley said.
"In her final jump she produced a massive leap of 5.86m to take out victory honours.''
Pascoe said St Mary's College student Hayley Wright was over the moon when she won the bronze medal in the under-16 90m hurdles. She set a new PB (12.63s).
"But she was disappointed the next day with her time in the 200m hurdles just missing a medal,'' he said.
"In athletics we all learn from the experience and hopefully enjoy the moments.''
Commonwealth Games prospect Rochelle had a mixed meet after a memorable year.
The Ipswich Girls' Grammar School competitor won silver in the under-16 hammer throw (51.32m) after being unhappy with her warm-up.
She came fifth in the under-16 discus (40.19m).
Other athletes to set personal bests or gain valuable experience included Camryn Novinetz, Breeanna Betzold, Miriam Peni and Lorenz Ryan.
Camryn, who attends West Moreton Anglican College, set a personal best (16.32.39) in finishing seventh in the under-14 3km walk. It was a personal best at her first nationals.
St Mary's College student Breeanna came fifth in the under-16 3km walk in a time of 15.47.32.
Ipswich Girls' Grammar School student Miriam was unable to repeat her earlier season form in the 200m. She came 14th in the under-18 event.
Lorenz, a St Edmund's College graduate, also finished 14th in the under-18 triple jump with a 12.89m leap.