Girls going the distance
Monto runners will represent Wide Bay in Maryborough
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.
MONTO RUNNERS: Representing Wide Bay at cross-country in Maryborough next month will be Tarah Staines, Lailah Mitchell and Lizzie Younger.