The State Track and Field Championships for Little Athletics were held recently at SOPAC with several members of Nowra Athletics Club competing.
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Lara Check jumped to a silver medal in the U14 high jump, clearing 1.62 metres. Lara was over the moon with this achievement, even though it was 1cm below her personal best which she jumped at Regionals. It was a medal well deserved after training determinedly. In long jump Lara placed 12th and she also placed 14th in the 200m hurdles.
Hugh Dobson added another silver medal to his collection with a 2nd place in the U17 3000m in a time of 9min 11.55sec.
Young Jasmine Wheeler had a busy competition qualifying for 4 events. After placing 2nd in her hurdles heat Jasmine went on to win a silver medal in the U9 60m hurdles in 10.07 seconds. Jasmine also placed 18th in 100m and 17th in 70m as well as jumping to 4th place in the long jump. Sister Lily Wheeler was jumping high with a 9th place in the U15 high jump after clearing 1.45m and a 4th place jump of 10.92m in the triple jump event.
Will Maher ran strongly to take the bronze medal in the U15-17 multi class 100m run and looked proud as punch on the podium. Will also placed 4th in the multi class discus.
Kynan Miller excelled in his event of the U9-10 multi class discus winning gold with a throw of 13.98 metres. Meanwhile sister Talea Miller placed 17th in the U11 discus.
In the field Ebony Johnson tested her throwing arm with a top 20 placing in both the U17 javelin (15th) and discus (18th). Jayla Beresford also competed in the throwing arena with a placing of 22nd in the U12 javelin after spearing 15.11 metres.
Reilly Caswell placed 5th in his heat of the U11 400m, placing him 10th overall and Hannah Brian ran a PB of 27.51 to place 17th in the U13 200m.
Alec Dobson ran a massive15 second PB in the U13 3000m race finishing 8th and Alisha Mustapic competed well in her first State competition in the U11 800m finishing 22nd overall from a strong field.
There were 3 athletes that competed in both middle distance events of 800m and 1500m with all achieving some personal best times. Jesse Buckham ran hard to place 5th in the U17 1500m with a huge 7 second PB, clocking 4.19.19 minutes. In the 800m he placed 12th in 2.04.72 minutes. Max Buckham ran 9th in the U15 1500m then backed it up with a PB in the 800m placing 12th. Will Dyball was outstanding at his first State competition with a 10 second PB in the U13 1500m and a 14th place and another PB of 2.25.66 in the 800m placing 17th.
Mikayla Check was valiant in the U17 300m hurdles placing 4th in her heat, and 10th overall after being plagued again by illness.
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