THE region’s athletes have been excelling on the track and in the field in the past week.
On Thursday St Edward’s Primary School’s Tyrah Hewitt won silver in the 12-13yrs high jump at the State PSSA Carnival.
Hewitt jumped 1.62m – a 7cm personal best – and only just missed out on gold, on a countback, after she and the first place getter both cleared the same height.
It was Hewitt’s first time medalling at the state carnival.
Last year she finished just outside the medals coming in equal fourth.
Representing Polding, she also competed in the 100m, making it through to the semi-finals.
On top of her medal, Hewitt also qualified to compete at the Nationals in Brisbane in November.
She’ll be joined in the NSW team by Coonabarabran Public’s Darcy Clifton after he won bronze in the junior boys discus.
Clifton threw 36.73m and was only 4cm off silver.
Kentucky Public’s Oliver Freeman also picked up bronze in the 8yrs boys 100m with 14.94secs.
The North West team also had success in the relays with Garah Public School finishing second in the Norm & Elizabeth Austin relay (for schools with 0-26 students).
Walhallow Public came in a place behind them to add bronze to their silver from last year.
The primary carnival followed on from the NSW (secondary) All Schools.
Narrabri High’s Bella Stewart returned from those with gold, jumping 1.58m to win the 12yrs girls high jump.
McCarthy’s Kate Pianta also got on the podium with a countback putting her in third.
Tamworth’s Ella Heeney and Lia Mills also had success, Heeney winning a bronze in her 800m and Mills grabbing silver in her 400m.
Their coach, Wally Warner, was delighted.
“They’re off to Townsville now for the National All Schools,” Warner said.
Young Guyra athlete Huw Knox also qualified for the nationals after placing second in the final of the 15 years 800m. Knox, who is trained by his father Jim, crossed the line in a time of 2.03.29 seconds.
Having had a spell from intensive training for some months, The Armidale School (TAS) student will now look towards the nationals.
“I haven’t been doing much training for the past five months, so I guess I’m pretty happy with the time,” he said.
“But I’m pretty hungry to do a sub-two minutes before the nationals, so I’ll be working hard to achieve that.”
Elsewhere on the track, TAS athletics vice captain Luke O’Donoghue set a new TAS record in his heat of the under 17s 100m, of 11.07 seconds.
He went on to finish eighth in the final, and also came ninth in the 200m.
Other TAS athletes to compete were Matthew Haydon, who came seventh in the 17 years triple jump and tenth in the long jump, and Ben Broster who contested the 100m, long jump and triple jump in his first competitions since illness early this year.