Townsville track stars shine in Fiji

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

A PAIR of Townsville ath­letes have im­pressed at the re­cent Ocea­nia Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Fiji.

Shirley Al­cock, 15, and Ka­jsa Souter, 16, were among 630 ath­letes from 22 coun­tries to com­pete in the pres­ti­gious event and both girls re­turned with some sil­ver­ware for their ef­forts.

Al­cock’s high­light came in the 3000m where she claimed the sil­ver medal in a per­sonal best 11min 6sec.

She fol­lowed that great re­sult with a bronze medal in the 4x100m re­lay and while she didn’t medal in the 800m, she still achieved an­other per­sonal best 2min 26sec.

Fel­low Townsville track star Ka­jsa Souter claimed two sil­ver medals at the meet af­ter her ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts in the hep­tathlon and 100m hur­dles.

The Townsville Gram­mar stu­dent achieved a per­sonal best score of 5048 points in the hep­tathlon event, which was made up of 100m hur­dles, high jump, shot put, 200m sprint, long jump, javelin and 800m.

She also set an­other per­sonal best in the 100m hur­dles with a blis­ter­ing 13.97sec, cap­ping a won­der­ful cam­paign in Fiji.

Souter is a mem­ber of the Ath­let­ics Aus­tralia un­der- 19 tal­ent squad and she has as­pi­ra­tions of se­cur­ing a schol­ar­ship to study and com­pete in the United States col­lege scene next year.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

PODI­UMS: Ka­jsa Souter, 16, and Shirley Al­cock, 15, won sil­ver medals at the Ocea­nia Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Fiji.

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