Young guns fire at regional

Glen Innes Little Athletics took a team of talented, young athletes to the regional carnival in Lismore late last month with some pleasing results. 

The region consists of centres from the Northern Rivers Zone (Ballina down to Nambucca), Mid North Coast (Stuarts Point down to Gloucester) and New England (Quirindi  to Narrabri to Yetman to Glen Innes).

The first two placegetters in all age groups from Under nine to Under 17 automatically qualify for state championships at Sydney Olympic Park on the third weekend of March. 

Elizabeth Chard finished first in the under 15 shot put and discus and sixth in the triple jump. 

Kaleb Hope secured three firsts in the triple jump, discus and javelin and also managed third in the high jump. 

Competing in the under 17s, Kealia Hope won discus and placed third in the javelin and shot put. 

Kyara McIntyre came third in the triple and long jump events. She also sprinted to eighth in the 100 metres. 

Ryan McIntyre took out third in the shot put. 

He took out seventh spot in the 60 metre hurdles and 10th in the long jump.

Cody McLeod’s best event was the under eight 400 metres where he strode to fifth. 

He also managed eighth in the 700 metres pack start race.

Joel Sloman also had his best run in the 400 metres finishing seventh.

Mikielee Snow managed to secure her spot to the state titles with two first places in the 100 and 200 metre sprints. 

Daniel Tait won his under 13 discus and finished in fifth in the shot put. 

James Tait also earned a third in the under 15 discus, two fifths in the high jump and triple jump as well as eighth in the long jump. 

Lucas Tait finished second in three events, the discus, shot put and javelin. 

Georgie Webster finished on top of the podium in two events, the discus and shot put. 

The team from Glen Innes travelling to the state championships consists of Elizabeth Chard, Kaleb Hope, Kealia Hope, Mikielee Snow, Daniel Tait, Lucas Tait and Georgie Webster. 

Excellent effort by all our athletes under very hot and humid conditions, and a top job done by those parents who worked as officials.