Kids hit ground running
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.”
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:
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.
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.