St Edmund's in record victory
ST EDMUND'S College has won their first Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) athletics title, 14 years after the eight school competition was launched.
The Ipswich school team finished 15.5 points clear of nine-time winner Iona College.
St Edmund's was the first team in AIC history to break the 600 point barrier to win the aggregate points title.
It was a stellar effort for a school that maintains a no-scholarship policy for talented athletes, instead focusing on developing all students to the highest possible standard.
Assistant Principal Activities Wayne Warren said the result was a credit to the hard work of both students and coaching staff.
"Our director of coaching Dave Miles and his coaches have done a great job," Warren said.
"This is our first major carnival success and after finishing second for the last three years we always knew we were close."
Athletics captain Connor O'Leary has watched the development of the athletics program since beginning at the school in year 8.
He said to win the title in his final year at the school would be a life-long memory.
"It's an honour and a privilege to captain this team," O'Leary said. "Five years ago as a school we weren't that good at athletics.
"Now to leave school as athletics champions is a great feeling
"We always had the talent but we haven't before been able to harness it.
"To win the aggregate award you can't really rely on one or two star athletes, you have to have a whole team behind you and that's what we had this year."
O'Leary said he would remember with pride the way the team prepared for the carnival.
"It's been a long road, warm-up meets, training four days a week and a Gold Coast four day camp," he said.
"We've trained out hearts out for this.
"It's great to win an event by yourself but when you win something like this with your close mates, it's one of the best feelings ever. Not everyone won their events but every person mattered, every point counted."
Among the stellar team efforts, some outstanding individual performances were achieved.
Thirteen-year-old middle distance runner Clinton Suthers dominated his age group winning the division A title in the 1500m.
He broke the existing age group record by five seconds and 800m.
Suthers also finished second in the division A 400m race and added valuable team points finishing third in the Division D 100m.
In the 16-years category, Shaye Lund and Ryan Velasquez combined for five individual first places, a second and a third before sharing another victory as part of the 4x100m relay team.