Ash­ley Farmer claims Vic­to­rian hur­dles ti­tle

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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.

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