Students impress at titles
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.