Ashley Farmer claims Victorian hurdles title
BRIGHT athlete Ashley Farmer has claimed the under-15s Victorian title in the 200 metre hurdles, blitzing the field at the All Schools Track and Field Championships held at Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium earlier this month.
Running in the inside lane, Farmer shot out of the blocks early and was metres ahead at the turn into the final hundred, holding the lead and coming home strongly in first place.
The championships saw the best athletes from private and public secondary schools throughout Victoria compete, and this year included a visiting sports team from the Malaysian Sports Academy.
The competition was high; with athletes from prestigious schools were vying for a spot on the Victorian team to compete at the Australian All Schools Championships in Cairns in December.
Farmer reached the finals in all her event, claiming the title in the 200m hurdles, a silver medal in the 90 metre hurdles and seventh place in the 100 metre sprint.
The results have earned her a place on the Victorian team for her hurdles events, which had been her personal goal since the start of the year.
Ashley, a year 8 student at Cathedral College Wangaratta, started little athletics when she was seven, and is also a keen netballer and footballer.
She plays netball for Bright, and was recently selected to join pre-season training with the Murray Bushrangers under-16 TAC Cup squad.
Ashley now has less than a month of training leading up to the event, focusing with her coach Jason Bouton to be in peak shape for Cairns.