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ATH­LET­ICS: With his in­fec­tious at­ti­tude and bound­ing en­ergy, 10-year-old Alex Water­worth is a nat­u­ral on the track.

The young­ster has just re­turned from his first ever rep­re­sen­ta­tive run and placed in the top 15 in Queens­land. Alex, his brother Jordan, and Stan­thorpe State High un­der 16s di­vi­sion run­ner Jack Clark all took part in the re­cent Queens­land School Sport Cross Coun­try State Cham­pi­onships on the Sun­shine Coast.

“I came 14th in the state out of 66,” he says proudly.

“I was aim­ing for top six though.”

Mum Ma­rina says the fam­ily couldn’t be more chuffed.

“We were blown away,” she said.

“Re­ally, re­ally good. Very im­pressed by their achieve­ment at that level.”

Older brother Jordan placed 25th, and while not the best po­si­tion he’s ever fin­ished in, it was the quick­est he’s ever run as he set a per­sonal best.

“The guy that won it was only like 30 sec­onds in front of me,” Jordan said.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was way dif­fer­ent (to what I’m used to). It’s very com­pet­i­tive and full on.

You’d think with a dis­tance run it’s all about pac­ing your­self, but you’d be wrong.

“It’s a sprint the whole way. You have to,” Jordan said.

Jack fin­ished 43rd out of more than 50 run­ners in a time of 23.41 min­utes over six kilo­me­tres.

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