ELLA Heeney and six of her McCarthy Catholic College schoolmates have helped take the school to new athletic heights.
Brianna Macpherson, Laura Jeffery, Hollie Constable, Kate Pianta, Sophie Heeney and Rhett Graham joined with the outstanding cross country runner Ella Heeney to give the Tamworth school its best ever results at a NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Athletics Championships at Homebush in Sydney.
It followed Heeney’s efforts to win representation in the NSW All Schools side to contest the recent Australian All Schools Athletics Championships in Tasmania.
McCarthy has never had a student reach that level in athletics.
The Year 7 student won her Armidale Diocesan cross country in Inverell and then at the NSW CCC and NSW All Schools Championships.
That earned her a trip to Launceston in Tasmania for the national all schools where she finished 16th.
Last weekend, she and her six McCarthy schoolmates competed at Homebush.
She won her 13 year 800m and was third in the junior girls’ (Under 13) 4x100m relay with Pianta, Jeffery and Constable.
Jeffery also won two medals, finishing second in her long jump.
Pianta finished with three bronze medals, adding bronze in the long jump and high jump as well as the relay. She was also fifth in her 200m final.
Sophie Heeney, elder sister of Ella, also snared two bronze medals, finishing third in the girls’ Under 16 800m and 1500m.
Graham made finals of 100m and long jump and Macpherson finals of the Under 15 girls discus and javelin, throwing personal bests in both, 21.30m in javelin and 24.88m in discus.
Ella Heeney’s campaign was cut short, turning her ankle in the warm-up before her 400m final.