Snow sets the pace at nationals

Glen Innes sprinter Mikielee Snow is back from the Australian Championships with a spring in her step after she sped her way to a personal best time. 

Mikielee Snow.

Mikielee Snow.

At her first national event, Snow lined up in the blocks in the 100 metre and 200 metre races. 

Snow battled her nerves to fly through the 100 metres and finished as the 15th fastest under 17 girl in the country with a time of 12.71 seconds. 

After the initial excitement of the first sprint, Snow regathered herself to compete in the 200 metres. 

She rose to the occasion to finish in 16th place and set her personal best time of 25.91 seconds. 

With the championships being her first on the national stage, Snow said it was a thrill to compete alongside the best our country has in the sport. 

"It was so exciting, I couldn't be happier with the result I got,” she said. 

"The atmosphere was amazing and it was such a great experience to compete against the best under 17 girls in Australia.”

She travelled with 14 of her Armidale Athletics teammates to compete at the event. 

Snow said when she lined up for her first race, nerves kicked in but encouragement from fellow New England athletes helped bring her home. 

The 200m was the second race so I could contain them better and I think I went better in that race because I had been there and done the 100m.

Mikielee Snow

"There was a lot of hard training, work and preparation going into it.

"I was really nervous for this competition but I contained them pretty well,” she said. 

"The 200m was the second race so I could contain them better and I think I went better in that race because I had been there and done the 100m. There was so much support, everyone came to watch me which did help calm the nerves a bit better.

"It was just really good having everyone there.” 

Her form on the track has earned her selection to represent Regional Australia at the Oceania Area Championships in Fiji alongside fellow Glen Innes athlete Gracie Martin. 

Snow competed at the Melanesian Championships last year to bring home two bronze medals.