Stu­dents im­press at ti­tles

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Be­nalla pri­mary and sec­ondary school stu­dents re­cently show­cased their track and field skills in Mel­bourne for the School Sports Vic­to­ria State Ti­tles.

Af­ter hav­ing com­peted in their re­spec­tive school ath­let­ics days, the stu­dents qual­i­fied for Zone Ath­let­ics in Wan­garatta be­fore ad­vanc­ing to the Hume Re­gion Track and Field event.

Among the stu­dents who made the trip to Mel­bourne was 11-year-old Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege stu­dent Char­lotte Quil­liam, who qual­i­fied for the fi­nal of the 11-year-old girls 80 me­tre hur­dles.

Qual­i­fy­ing fastest for the fi­nal with a time of 13:69 in her heat ear­lier in the day, Char­lotte went into the fi­nal op­ti­mistic.

Among a strong field, Char­lotte crossed the line third with a per­sonal best time of 13:57 to take the bronze medal.

Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege stu­dent El­liot McCal­lum com­peted in four events for the day, walk­ing away with two medals.

El­liot showed im­prove­ment in his two field events with each at­tempt, fin­ish­ing sev­enth in shot put and fourth in long jump, how­ever, he re­ally shone in the 100m and 200m events.

He fin­ished sec­ond events to claim medals.

In her last chance to com­pete at State level for Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege, Alexan­dra Robin­son came sixth in the triple jump. in both

Mea­gan Web­ster fin­ished fourth in the high jump event, just miss­ing out on a medal plac­ing by one clear jump.

She jumped a per­sonal best to reach the po­si­tion and was pleased with her ef­forts.

Teacher Michael Thomas said the stu­dents were proud of their ef­forts on the day.

‘‘To even be com­pet­ing at this level is a huge achieve­ment and to get the re­sults they did is fan­tas­tic, not only for Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege, but the in­di­vid­ual stu­dents,’’ Mr Thomas said.

Ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal Tony Clark said the school en­cour­aged all stu­dents to have a go.

‘‘Par­tic­i­pat­ing in sport is a great thing for all chil­dren and young peo­ple to do,’’ Mr Clark said.

‘‘They should be very proud of them­selves and we are cer­tainly very proud of them.’’

Be­nalla Lit­tle Ath­let­ics said all of the young Be­nalla stu­dents who took part ac­quit­ted them­selves well against some strong ath­letes from across the state.

The club is en­cour­ag­ing any chil­dren who are look­ing to fur­ther their in­volve­ment in ath­let­ics to come along to Be­nalla Lit­tle Ath­let­ics, which re­cently started its 2018/2019 sea­son.

Held on Fri­day evenings from 5 pm at the Churchill Re­serve off Waller St, Lit­tle Ath­let­ics runs pro­grams for chil­dren aged five to 15 and will con­tinue its sea­son through to mid March.

For more in­for­ma­tion you can visit www.lavic.com.au or go to the Be­nalla Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Face­book page.

Do­ing us proud: Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege stu­dents Mea­gan Web­ster, El­liott McCal­lum, Alexan­dra Robin­son, Patrick Warner and Char­l­ize Thom­son.

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