Finley athletes dominate
Finley Little Athletics Club have dominated at the 44th Riverina and District Branch Carnival in Deniliquin on Saturday.
Thirty Finley competitors went up against athletes and clubs from across the region with numerous competitors achieving a personal best (PB).
Of the 30 Finley athletes, 24 qualified for next week’s Regional Carnival while the remaining six all put in strong performances, however are too young to go onto the next stage.
The clear standout was Under 10s Heath Mansell who won seven out of eight events, all with a new PB and setting a Branch record in the high jump scissor kick with 1.10m jump.
Although Flynn Rourke can’t qualify for Regional because of his age that didn’t hold the six year-old back from winning five of six events and set four PBs.
Colton Johnson and Isabella Kelly finished the day four from four in the Under 3-5s and Under 15’s respectively.
Seventeen year-old Allan Gardiner won three events including setting a PB in the high jump and broke a Branch record in the Javelin with a 38.36m throw.
Lyle Ackers, Archie Boag, Riley Boag, Jasmine Burke, Sienna Burke, Josie Coombs, Karla Nicholls, Benjamin Rourke, Reece Simmons, Emilee Sneddon, Harvey Sneddon and Chelsea Winn all won at least one event and set at least one PB.
Miena Sneddon and Chelsea Winn came first in at least one event.
Despite not coming first in their events, Clair Boag, Judd Clarke, Brianna Doohan, Abigail Hornung, Ruth Hornung, Amber Lawlor, Dominic Lawlor, Emily Mansell, Erica Nicholls and Bella Rourke all set a new PB.
Angus Bain, Philippa Bain, Addison Clarke, Jarred Hislop, Kelsey Hislop, Shelby-Lea Hislop, Charlie Magill, Jack Magill, Lucy Mueller, Madelynn Price and Madison Simpson didn’t compete at Branch, however have already qualified for the Region Carnival after their performances at the Zone Carnival in December.
The Regional Carnival will be held in Griffith next week with the chance to qualify for the NSW State Athletics Carnival in Sydney in March.
Sienna Burke clears the bar in high jump.
Oaklan Othen sticks his landing in long jump.
Karla Nicholls in action during hurdles.