In­ex­pe­ri­enced ath­letes im­press at state

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By ALEX FRESH­WA­TER

ELEVEN in­ex­pe­ri­enced Isis Dis­trict Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club mem­bers needed snorkels when they com­peted at the Mc­Don­alds State Ath­letic Cham­pi­onships last week.

Queens­land State Ath­letic Cen­tre in Bris­bane was lashed with heavy rain, and made for ex­tremely tough con­di­tions for our ath­letes.

The club’s most se­nior qual­i­fy­ing ath­lete, Un­der-15 Matthew Haaksma, along with U12 Cooper Burns and U13 Shae Cochrane, com­peted in high jump, triple jump, shot put and javelin re­spec­tively to start our week­end.

Haaksma threw down the chal­lenge to the rest of the team with his 10th-placed fin­ish in high jump on Fri­day night, and a 27cm PB on day two to place fifth place in shot put.

Burns and Cochrane were ner­vous but did well un­der pres­sure.

Burns re­duced his event count due to on­go­ing in­jury but still man­aged a 4.4sec per­sonal best in the 400m.

Coach Kerry Wills de­cided to in­tro­duce the team to Pan­cake Manor on the sec­ond day, and the per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing cho­co­late did the trick as both U10 Ella Blanch and U12 Jackie Fresh­wa­ter recorded per­sonal bests.

“Af­ter a PB in ner­vous­ness this morn­ing, Jackie pulled out a PB in high jump, her first ever state champs com­pe­ti­tion,” Wills said.

Ella and Luke Adam­son ran per­sonal bests in their 400m events (by 10sec and 1.02sec re­spec­tively), while Matthew con­tin­ued his week­end’s as­tound­ing form to land a 32cm per­sonal best in triple jump.

Events were de­layed by up to three hours as the heav­ens opened, and when they did restart they were re­duced to timed heats on the track and three at­tempts on the field.

The wet track and sod­den field cer­tainly made for in­ter­est­ing re­sults for the re­main­der of events.

What ap­peared to be a medi­ocre sin­gle event for U10 Jack­son Rehbein ef­fec­tively be­came a 10cm im­prove­ment in his shot put best.

In­di­vid­ual per­sonal bests on the track by U12 Jackie, U10 Ella and U11 Lou con­tin­ued to in­spire the re­main­ing mem­bers.

U14 Jenny Fresh­wa­ter

started her cam­paign slowly but over­came more rain to record an 11cm per­sonal best in high jump.

U13 Shae Cochrane jumped just be­low her triple jump best at the same time.

The fi­nal day saw a slight morn­ing driz­zle and another shower later in the day con­tinue to keep the track and field heavy and wet.

This did not de­ter cen­tre new­comer and youngest team mem­ber, U9 Joey Vella, who slashed his 800m PB by al­most a full minute to fin­ish ninth.

U10 Luke Adam­son re­duced his in the same dis­tance by more than eight sec­onds to fin­ish 10th.

The week­end was rounded off with Isis’ ris­ing track stars, U11 Lou Eb­o­rall, U10 Ella Blanch and U10 Luke Adam­son, com­pet­ing in the 200m timed heats.

The fi­nal per­sonal best went to the ath­lete who started the week­end with a PB, U15 Matthew Haaksma, with a 1.64m im­prove­ment on his best dis­cus throw.

Full team re­sults on P17.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Joey Vella and Luke Adam­son at the state cham­pi­onships.

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