Wal squad eyes Country titles

THE Wally Warner stable of athletes will be looking   to add more trophies to the cabinet as six young stars gear up for the first big meets of the year at the end of the week.

Leah Mills will be returning to the Country Championships to defend the titles they won last year at the same meet.

Alexandra Reed, Ella Heeney and Emily Sheppard complete the foursome that will travel to Wollongong next weekend.

Last year, Mills took out the 100m, 200m and 400m, and this year has added the 800m to her repertoire.

“I am hoping I can take them all out again as well as the extra event,” Mills said.

“The 800m is good practice for the 400m and I like the event.”

“It is a good distance and still quite quick.”

Heeney is a middle distance specialist and will be looking to have another stellar season. 

The 800m and 1500m specialist took bronze at the Australian All Schools Championships at the end of last year, as well as a swag of golds and records along the way.

Sheppard will be looking to make amends for last year after an injury meant she had to pull out of the carnival.

This year she is fighting fit and ready to go in the 100m and 200m, and will compete against Mills.

Reed is also a short distance athlete and will be looking for gold in the 100m and long jump.

Warner also trains the Klasen siblings Emma and Jack, and has big wraps on both young stars.

The pair will compete at the Little Athletics Regionals in Lismore next month.

Jumping Jack will compete in the 60m and 70m hurdles, as well as the long jump, whilst sister Emma is a sprinter and jumper as well.

Emma will be lining up in the 100m, 200m, long jump and high jump.

“Emma will bring the gold home in the 100m and 200m,” Warner said.

“She has a great style and is very quick at the moment.”

All six athletes will be looking to finish in the medals and progress to the State Championships next month.

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