Stu­dents jump at chance to train

Tough com­pe­ti­tion a hur­dle at North Bur­nett ath­let­ics tri­als

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

ATH­LETES fac­ing tough com­pe­ti­tion at this week’s North Bur­nett ath­let­ics tri­als val­ued their train­ing ses­sions.

Mun­dub­bera 14 years age cham­pion Ja­cob Keenan and sis­ter Jes­sica, 15, train morn­ing and af­ter­noons for a va­ri­ety of events.

“Ja­cob and I do Wed­nes­day morn­ing train­ing and af­ter­noon train­ing for other sports – vol­ley­ball, net­ball, box­ing which is not on at the mo­ment, and touch foot­ball,” Jes­sica said.

De­spite their ded­i­ca­tion to their sports, they were doubt­ful of having placed in their events – long jump and shot put for Jes­sica, triple jump and three run­ning dis­tances for Ja­cob.

Of her events on the day, Jes­sica de­cided long jump was her favourite as “I like any run up; I like sprints”.

Ja­cob favoured the triple jump be­cause “I find it eas­i­est to do; it seems nat­u­ral”.

Mean­while, Bur­nett State Col­lege stu­dent Ry­ley Dray­ton, who jumped 9.25m at the Gayn­dah district tri­als, was dis­ap­pointed with his 8.31m jump.

“I will work to keep im­prov­ing train­ing,” Ry­ley said.

His other events were the 100m sprint, the 400m re­lay for which his team placed sec­ond, the high jump where he placed fourth, and a win­ning long jump of 4.31m.

“I like the 100m but I get so ner­vous, I’d rather do the field work,” Ry­ley said.

“But I en­joy ev­ery­thing – all the sports, all the events.”

The keen ath­lete was also pleased with mak­ing the Wide Bay AFL team, and theWide Bay Pos­si­bles and Prob­a­bles teams for rugby league and touch.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

HIGH: North Bur­nett’s 17 years age cham­pion Ri­ley Allen clears the bar at the North Bur­nett ath­let­ics car­ni­val.

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