STU­DENTS EDGE AHEAD TO SE­CURE $4500 PRIZE

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CROSS COUN­TRY: Sun­day’s wet weather couldn’t hold back the keen com­peti­tors of UQ Gat­ton’s Coun­try Chal­lenge on Cam­pus.

The male and fe­male school stu­dent win­ners took home the ma­jor prize of $4,500 fee re­duc­tion on Halls of Res­i­dence ac­com­mo­da­tion for their first year at UQ Gat­ton, mak­ing it an in­cred­i­ble in­cen­tive to win.

The best univer­sity male won a $250 Coop book­shop voucher and the fastest open male and fe­male won a three month UQ Sport voucher.

Fe­male school stu­dent win­ner Michiru Enci­nas of Ip­swich Girls Gram­mar School fin­ished the 10km cir­cuit on a per­sonal best time of 51m 28s.

Michiru plans to study Vet­eri­nary Science at UQ Gat­ton next year and is now more de­ter­mined to se­cure her spot, after win­ning the univer­sity ac­com­mo­da­tion dis­count.

“It will be such a help,” she said.

“My par­ents work so hard for me to have the ed­u­ca­tion and sport­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that I do, so I trained re­ally hard to win.

“Now I can help with some of my univer­sity fees and re­pay their kind­ness.”

Only tak­ing up run­ning for her school last year, Michiru said she was sur­prised to come first in her race cat­e­gory.

“I don’t run com­pet­i­tively and only started train­ing for a 10km race one month ago, so I wasn’t sure how I’d go,” she said.

“I was very thrilled to win.”

Michiro said the race was a good op­por­tu­nity to see the Gat­ton cam­pus.

“I was re­ally im­pressed with its fa­cil­i­ties,” she said.

“I’d like to thank UQ Gat­ton, I’m ex­cited to go to univer­sity there.

“It was a great course and a re­ally nice at­mos­phere.

“I highly rec­om­mend the race.”

Other fun run win­ners:

■ Open Male: Shane Ge­orge 39m28s

■ Open Fe­male: Ange Ritchie 50m31s

■ Univer­sity Male: Bew Drew (with a record time of 35m 33s)

■ School Male: Christo­pher Mur­phy.

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

SCHOOL WIN­NERS: Michiru Enci­nas, Christo­pher Mur­phy with Lock­yer Val­ley Deputy Mayor Ja­son Cook.

Sha­reen Fors­ing­dal makes it over the line.

Run­ners take their mark.

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