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