Ashton and Max qualify for State Athletics Championships

Ashton van Straten and Max Cashin are excited to have qualified for the Queensland School Sport Athletics Championships for the first time after a huge day of competition for both boys.

Six 10 – 12-year-old students represented GCC at the Sunshine Coast Regional Athletics Championships last week when we were all still enjoying the holiday break. As usual, the competition was very strong but our athletes competed well with some great results.

Ashton and Max were both in several individual events and were also competing in the tetrathlon event, which is a multi-event points competition across 100m, long jump, shot put and 800m.

Ashton ran a fantastic 200m final and finished second overall after qualifying in 4th position in the heats. He will run the 200m race at the State Champs. He also qualified for the 100m final after a great 100m heat and finished eighth in the final. He jumped really well in high jump and placed 5th from 13 other competitors. Ashton’s long jump as part of the tetrathlon would have placed him 4th overall in the 10 boys long jump competition! Ashton finished 4th overall in the tetrathlon competition.

Max Cashin also had a busy day competing in the 100m and long jump events for his age, but also in the shot and 800m as part of the tetrathlon event. Max placed 9th in long jump and 15th in the 100m but these results also counted towards his tetrathlon event. These results gave him 3rd placings in the tetrathlon but he placed in 2nd place in shot put and the 800m run which gave him valuable points. He was very excited when he was announced as second place getter in the 12 boys tetrathlon and had gained selection into the Sunshine Coast team. 

Lily Breen also had a busy day competing in three events. Lily jumped really well in her long jump competition and was only 9cm off third place. She jumped 4.20m and placed fourth overall which was a great achievement. Lily was unwell and a little off her best in the 800m but did well to finish in 10th place. She also competed in the high jump.

Ten year old, Ava Scott had a very consistent day of throwing and put three great throws out. She was up against big strong girls but finished in 5th position from a field of 18 which was a fantastic effort. Jake McGilvray also competed in discus in the 12 year boys event. Jake threw very well hitting the 25m mark with each throw which placed him in the middle of the field. The winner threw a massive throw of almost 36m. 

Breeanna Aldridge competed well in the 10 girls long jump event and finished in 11th place which was a great effort.

These students represented our College with pride and we look forward to hearing how Max and Ashton go at the State Championships in August. It was great to have parents supporting the students throughout the day and everyone gained valuable experience from this competition.

Wendy Stott

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