Five young Tamworth runners are getting on their marks to take on the best in the state in Sydney this week.
Emmett Hall, Mia Allen, Abbie Peet, Porscha Ring and Isabella Wall will compete at the State PSSA Track and Field Championships on Wednesday and Thursday.
The quintet all train with Wally Warner, and the local supremo is expecting some good performances.
Peet, Ring and Wall have already competed at a national level this year and produced some "tremendous" results. Between them the trio returned with with three gold medals, two bronze and a silver, and two records.
Wall and Peet both go into the championships in record-breaking form.
At the recent Polding carnival, Wall ran the 800m faster than any 11-year old girl has for the past 11 years. She also went on to win gold in the 1500m and silver in the 100m and 200m.
Peet, who at last Wednesday's Tamworth Regional Council sports awards received the Cara Hickson Award for special achievement, meanwhile set a new benchmark for the 11-13 years para athlete 800m in winning gold at the Combined Independent Schools (CIS) carnival.
The 11-year old will have a busy program in Sydney after also qualifying to compete in the 100m (second), 200m (second), shot put (third), long jump (second) and discus (third).
Ring will also contest the two sprint events, but in the 10-years girls, as well as the long jump after winning all three events at the North West carnival.
Allen will line-up in the 11-years girls 100m and 200m while Hall, who is the youngest of the contingent, has qualified in the nine-years boys 100m.
They been lucky enough to train at the new track for the latter part of their preparation. A "beautiful track," Warner believes it will help them a lot.
"We'll break some records now," he said.