Kids get­ting faster, stronger, higher

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

FOR Daniel Phillips, the longer the dis­tance set to run, the bet­ter.

The 14-year-old had to pull out of theWide Bay cross coun­try tri­als due to in­jury af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for the North Bur­nett team.

How­ever, he got to get his heart pump­ing and shine in his el­e­ment by con­quer­ing the longer runs at the Monto State High School ath­let­ics car­ni­val.

“I did the 1500m, 800m and 400m runs, and got first in all of them,” he said.

“I don’t usu­ally prac­tice for ath­let­ics, but prac­tice at home for cross coun­try.”

Held on June 23-24, the car­ni­val was a fun way for the stu­dents to fin­ish the se­mes­ter.

But for seniors like Han­nah Staines, it was also the last time tak­ing part in the sport­ing tra­di­tion.

“It’s a bit sad, that you can’t keep com­pet­ing in this,” she said.

“I hope to have a ca­reer in sport.”

The 17-year-old has a heavy sport­ing regime, though sur­pris­ingly ath­let­ics isn’t in the schedule de­spite her high per­for­mance in it.

“The only one I really prac­tice is javelin, that would be my favourite,” she said.

“I broke the record in javelin last year, though not this year.

“We also do some prac­tice in HPE.”

Over in the Year 11 boys, the speed and power of Kurt Evans were hard to beat.

Though he didn’t set school records, the high­light was sim­ply hav­ing a go.

School records in the dif­fer­ent events were set by Chelsea Knight, Mac Aisthorpe, Melissa Birch, Jessie Mo­scrop, Brad­man Kenny, Chloe Harm, Warren Haupt, Dy­lan Burgess, Lailah Mitchell, Ti­mothy Smith and Cameron Mor­timer.

All the colours and ac­tion from the car­ni­val called for a pho­tog­ra­pher – and not just for photos of the news­pa­per.

Jes­sica Lewis, 15, used the chance to be a cre­ative as well as ath­letic, and took the op­por­tu­nity to snap away some photos for the school.

“I just love tak­ing photos ac­tu­ally, the best event to pho­to­graph would prob­a­bly have been the 100m sprints be­cause ev­ery­one was in there,” she said.

“It’s just about hang­ing with friends, and en­joy­ing the last two days of school.

“Though I was a se­ri­ous com­peti­tor in the shot-put, and came first with 9.60m.”

PHOTOS: AN­NIE PERETS

IN AC­TION: Han­nah Staines com­peted in the se­nior girls, where her ath­letic abil­i­ties were on dis­play.

Sum­mer Roth.

Bren­ton Dowl­ing shows off im­pres­sive flex­i­bil­ity in the boys 16 years high jump.

Warren Haupt and Dy­lan Burgess in a re­lay at the Monto State High School a thlet­ics car­ni­val.

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