Kids getting faster, stronger, higher
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.”
IN ACTION: Hannah Staines competed in the senior girls, where her athletic abilities were on display.
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.