Duo on track for ti­tles

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

MONTO State High School’s Malitha Cooper and Ri­ley Allen will have the run­ning, the jumping and the throw­ing cov­ered at the State Cham­pi­onships for ath­let­ics this week.

The two have been se­lected to com­pete in the Wide Bay team for the statewide event in Bris­bane’s QEII sta­dium from Oc­to­ber 23–26.

“I was ac­tu­ally sick for the Wide Bay tri­als and had to send my pre­vi­ous re­sults away to make the team,” Ri­ley said on Tues­day.

“But I got in for triple jump

Ri­ley Allen I go for runs around my pad­dock.

and long jump. My per­sonal best in the triple is 12.43m and in long jump it’s about 5.8m.”

Malitha will com­pete in javelin and 100m hur­dles and has been train­ing hard for the big meet.

Once a week she will do a 1000m sprint, fol­lowed by 10 rep­e­ti­tions of 20m hur­dles, then javelin throw­ing and weights train­ing.

“The other ath­letes get bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery time you go to a state event. Lots of them want to be pro­fes­sional ath­letes,” she said.

“So you have to work hard. I try and go for a 3km run ev­ery morn­ing as well.”

While Ri­ley has been train­ing as well, he said it was a bit harder be­cause he lived out of town.

“I go for runs around my pad­dock,” he said.

“I also do a bit of skip­ping when I can, that helps for the jumping events.”

Although the event runs un­til Sun­day, the pair said they would def­i­nitely be back at school on Mon­day.

“There’s just no rest for the Year 12s,” Malitha said, with a laugh.

DY­NAMIC DUO: Malitha Cooper and Ri­ley Allen.

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