Girls go­ing the dis­tance

Monto run­ners will rep­re­sent Wide Bay in Mary­bor­ough

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Anas­tas­sia Perets anas­tas­sia.perets@cnbtimes.com.au

RUN­NING 3km is enough to puff most peo­ple out, but not for this Monto triple threat.

Lailah Mitchell, Lizzie Younger and Tarah Staines will rep­re­sen­tWide Bay at the Cross Coun­try State Cham­pi­onships in Mary­bor­ough next month.

They will com­pete in the 3km race against other top long-dis­tance run­ners from Queens­land.

But get­ting to state level was a process in it­self, as they had to qual­ify in three rounds to get there.

First, it was the district tri­als fol­lowed by a com­pe­ti­tion in Biggen­den to win a spot on the North Bur­nett team.

The North Bur­nett team then went to Mary­bor­ough, where the top few in each age group were in­vited into theWide Bay team.

At this round, Lailah placed third in the 13 years cat­e­gory out of 30 run­ners, Lizzie came equal third in the 12-year-old group among 24 com­peti­tors and Tarah placed fourth in the 11-year-old girls out of 25.

For Lailah and Lizzie, this will be their third time go­ing to state.

“I’ve been try­ing to work on speed and I hope to beat

Lailah Mitchell I’m just fo­cus­ing on train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for states, like work­ing on pac­ing, en­durance and stamina.

my pre­vi­ous plac­ing,” Lizzie said.

“My best at state has been get­ting 30th out of 55.

“I’ll just work on get­ting a good night’s sleep be­fore the event, and then pace my­self.”

Lailah was sick dur­ing some of the qual­i­fiers but still pushed through.

“I’m just fo­cus­ing on train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for states, like work­ing on pac­ing, en­durance and stamina,” she said.

“And also on not get­ting sick.

“We are com­pet­ing in the dif­fer­ent age groups but we are hav­ing a lot of fun.”

Lailah and Lizzie both set records for their age groups when run­ning in Biggen­den.

Tarah is a state new­bie, and this will be her first time com­pet­ing at this level.

She looks for­ward to the chal­lenge and ex­pe­ri­ence it will bring.

Be­ing the youngest of the group, there could be many more state-level runs com­ing up in the fore­see­able fu­ture.

“Most of my train­ing comes from play­ing dif­fer­ent sports,” she said.

“And also at school, we do a lot of run­ning in PE.”

The three girls also rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent schools from the re­gion, with Lailah from Monto State High School, Lizzie from St Therese’s Catholic Pri­mary and Tarah from Monto State School.

PHOTO: AN­NIE PERETS

MONTO RUN­NERS: Rep­re­sent­ing Wide Bay at cross-coun­try in Mary­bor­ough next month will be Tarah Staines, Lailah Mitchell and Lizzie Younger.

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