Kids hit ground run­ning

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

Monto

MONTO school­child­ren might run one of just a few tra­di­tional cross-coun­try tracks in Queens­land.

All the stu­dents ran at the same time, but on dif­fer­ent tracks that suited their skill lev­els.

But that suited most com­peti­tors at Thurs­day’s an­nual race.

Lizzie Younger and Lailah Mitchell had done “a lit­tle bit” of train­ing around their par­ents’ prop­er­ties be­fore the event.

“I did train­ing prob­a­bly four or five times a week,” Lizzie said.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Lailah said she went run­ning with her par­ents and boxing with them.

“It might help me get a bit stronger.”

Cody Pailthorpe ran al­most ev­ery day lead­ing up to last Thurs­day’s race and, pow­ered by two Weet Bix for break­fast, he steamed his way up one of the track’s big­gest hills.

“It was a good track be­cause it was ba­si­cally the same as train­ing,” he said.

“I like run­ning. I just like run­ning around.

“Even though it is over now, I’ll keep train­ing.”

The pri­mary and high school stu­dents only just made it around the track, on Dar­ryl Zi­eth’s prop­erty and the Monto foot­ball ground, be­fore the rain poured down.

Re­sults are still be­ing fi­nalised, but high-school prin­ci­pal Kylie Cochran said the aim of the day was par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“There were less kids away sick this year,” she said.

“The kids are re­ally good at par­tic­i­pat­ing to get a point for their house.”

Mun­dub­bera

MATTHEW Duf­fin, 13, ran the race of his life dur­ing the Mun­dub­bera In­ter-house and Mun­dub­bera and Dis­trict Pri­mary Cross Coun­try events.

But he said he was al­ways con­fi­dent of win­ning.

“I won it last year and I won it the year be­fore,” Matthew said.

“I love to run, and this was the fastest I have ever run the 3km.”

The com­peti­tors put in the hard yards around the up-hill-and-down-dale course, start­ing on the school oval, then run­ning in the open coun­try above the school and down the wind­ing course to where they started.

Matthew’s mum, Janelle Duf­fin, said her son trained hard and de­served to do well.

“Matthew has rep­re­sented Mun­dub­bera and theWide Bay at state level over the past two years and I hope he makes it again,” Mrs Duf­fin said.

Health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Lisa Whe­lan said Mun­dub­bera also hosted the Mun­dub­bera and dis­trict 10-to-12-years car­ni­val.

Stu­dents from Eidsvold, Boynewood, Bin­jour and Mono­go­rilby were in­vited to take part.

Stu­dents com­ing first to fifth were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the 10-to-12-years North Bur­nett car­ni­val.

Mun­dub­bera In­ter-house re­sults

Win­ning pri­mary house:

Stu­art Rus­sell

Win­ning sec­ondary

house: Cooroomon

Girls 5 years – Kiera McDon­ald 6 years – Raimey Wernecke

7 years – Grace Townsend

8 years – El­lasea Thor­burn

9 years – Geor­gette Em­mer­ton 10 years – Jo Kas­sulke 11 years – Tayleigh Fry 12 years – So­phie Zipf 13 years – SkyeWard 14 years – ChelseaWebb 15 years – Shawna Pope Boys 5 years – Flynn Townsend 6 years – Lee Enchel­maier 7 years – XavierWar­ick 8 years – Mitchelle 9 years – Jack Enchel­maier 10 years – Lo­gan Beu­tel 11 years – Ray­mond Loakes 12 years – Jor­dan Parr 13 years – Matthew Duf­fin 14 years – Hay­den Crofts 15 years – Jay­den Gil­lam

For more cross coun­try re­sults, pick up next week’s edi­tion of the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times.

Girls jos­tle for prime po­si­tion.

CHEER SQUAD: Get­ting cheered on makes all the dif­fer­ence as you ap­proach the end of a 3km cross-coun­try race.

The first win­ner in the Mun­dub­bera cross coun­try is Tayleigh Fry-Al­lan.

Hannah Staines keeps her cool.

Jay­den Cowen strides ahead.

Abbey Younger leads the pack.

Hamish Staines works up a sweat.

Com­ing home hard is Jay­den Sene, fol­lowed by fastfin­ish­ing Liam Op­per­mann.

PHO­TOS: EMILY SMITH

Cody Pailthorpe leaps ahead.

Lizzie Younger is all fo­cus.

Ai­dan Queale (cen­tre, in pur­ple) is quick off the mark.

Win­ners of the se­nior girls’ cross coun­tries are Tahlya Fry-Al­lan, So­phie Zipf and Skye Ward.

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