Boys compete at State Athletics

Max Cashin and Ashton Van Straten were very excited to be competing in the Queensland School Sport Track and Field Championships held in Brisbane recently. After great performances at the Sunshine Coast Regional Carnival, Ashton was selected to compete in the 200m and Max in the tetrathlon.

There were 34 competitors in the 200m and only the top eight qualified for the final. Ashton ran a fantastic first 100m around the bend but then his hamstring spasmed in the home straight. Ashton ran on bravely and finished 7th in his heat and 30th overall. He gained much experience from this carnival and is looking forward to competing again next year.

Max competed in the 12-year-old boys’ tetrathlon which requires him to do the 100m, long jump, shot put and 800m. Max ran a great 100m running half a second faster than he did at Regionals placing him in the top half of the field. He continued with long jump and shot put where he did not quite reach his previous bests and then had the gruelling 800m race to run at the end of the carnival. Max had been training hard for the competition and working on his fitness for the 800m. Although the field ran fast this pulled Max through to a great 800m time, running 20 seconds faster than he did on the Sunshine Coast. Max finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place in the 12-year-old boys’ tetrathlon event which was a great result.

The boys were proud to represent the Sunshine Coast and Glasshouse Christian College at this level where some outstanding performances were seen by talented young athletes. They are both looking forward to competing again next year.

Wendy Stott



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