U10 girls ready to claim high jump
AFTER two meetings back since the new year, Ipswich Little Athletics hosts the regional championships at Bill Paterson Oval, Limestone Park on Saturday and Sunday.
Under 9s and above need to finish in the top four of their event to qualify for the state titles at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre, Nathan late March.
Ipswich Little Athletics coach Theresa Stolberg expects a strong showing from the Ipswich representatives with two groups of girls in particular set to dominate.
The under 10 and under 14 girls have produced an incredibly competitive crop this season, Stolberg said.
“I think we’ll get first, second and third in the under 10 high jump,” she said.
“They’re all very springy.”
The trio is Zoe Greinke, Ella Milford and Hayley Wright.
Wright is also a strong contender in the middle distance and walking races, having medalled at last year’s state titles in Townsville.
Stolberg also predicts a strong showing from sprinter Cindy Langsbridge.
Langsbridge qualified for the state titles last year but could not compete. With this year’s state titles in Brisbane it represents a great opportunity to show her best.
The Ipswich under 14 girls look no less formidable than their younger team mates.
“Tanika Marshall will do fantastically in the high-jump,” Stolberg said.
“Maddie McGuire will do well in the long distance events and Tegan Haley in the 200m hurdles.”
All three have made the state titles previously and Stolberg expects no different this time.
The coach expects a strong representation from Ipswich’s other girls’ and boys’ age groups as well.
Competition starts at 8.30am Saturday and Sunday with the final events at 4pm Saturday and 2.30pm Sunday.