Golden op­por­tu­nity to im­press at state fi­nals

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

THEY may have been young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced but noth­ing was go­ing to stop Isis Dis­trict Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club mem­bers at re­gion­als last week­end.

The club sent 19 ath­letes to the Cen­tral Coast Re­gional Cham­pi­onships in Bund­aberg, and more than half the ath­letes se­cured their po­si­tions at the state cham­pi­onships next month.

Jack­son Re­hbein was first out of the blocks and onto the qual­i­fi­ca­tion list af­ter he fin­ished third in shot put.

Jenny Fresh­wa­ter was the sec­ond ath­lete to se­cure pas­sage in field events, af­ter she pro­duced a stunning 17cm im­prove­ment in her high jump com­pe­ti­tion to claim the sil­ver medal.

Star Matthew Haaksma turned in a day that could only be de­scribed as per­fect, as the “old­est and most ver­sa­tile mem­ber” reached state in ev­ery event he con­tested.

The track saw plenty of high-qual­ity per­for­mances, with Joey Vella, Luke Adam­son and Ella Blanch turn­ing heads with their per­for­mances.

Vella blitzed his op­po­nents in the 800m, even­tu­ally win­ning in a can­ter by about 40m.

Adam­son did not have an ideal start but there was noth­ing stop­ping him once he pinned his ears back.

He chased down three other ath­letes on the home straight to fin­ish sec­ond in the 200m, and there is no doubt his state op­po­nents will be look­ing over their shoul­ders come March 20.

Blanch was cred­ited by coach Kerri Wills with the “per­for­mance of the car­ni­val”.

She came from be­hind in the 200m to claim gold, im­prov­ing her per­sonal best by three sec­onds.

Mean­while, the next gen­er­a­tion showed what they could do, with Tessie Dyer fin­ish­ing first in all three of her sprint events.

Dyer will have to wait un­til next year be­fore she can com­pete at state level.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

YOU BEAU­TIES: Zac Blanch, Cooper Re­hbein, Jimmy Dyer, Tessie Dyer, Lily Vella, Danielle Adam­son and Nataylia McAu­ley dis­play their medals.

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