Monto athletes qualify for Queensland championships
MONTO State High School Students are bound for the state championships after booking spots in the Wide Bay Track and Field team at the Bundaberg trials earlier this month.
Emilee Myles (U14 discus), Anna Phillips (U15 shot put), Lizzie Younger (U14 javelin, 800m and 1500m) and Tarah Staines (U15 javelin and 800m) each secured a place in the district team.
Staines, an all-rounder, and Prue Dow (U12), a leg spinner, have been selected for the Wide Bay cricket team in their respective age groups and will compete against the state's best junior cricketers in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast later this year.
Monto has ushered in a promising generation of young female athletes. The all-girl contingent showing their male counterparts how it's done at Wide Bay level.
Despite strong performances at the Burnett trials, a number of Monto boys were unlucky to narrowly miss out on Wide Bay qualification at the Bundaberg meet.
Younger, a talented long and middle distance runner, set a blistering pace in her pet event the 800m at the Wide Bay carnival.
The U14 athlete recorded the fastest 800m qualifying time of any female on the day, including the older U15 to U18s age groups.
Monto SHS PE teachers Anthony Gronert and Danielle Sinclair said the results were the culmination of 10 weeks of training since the school's athletics carnival at the end of term two.
"We ran training sessions after school for students who were serious about these competitions,” Gronert said.
"It's great to see these students excelling in their chosen sports,” Sinclair said.
"They successfully balance their school work and training requirements and are great role models to their peers.”
The Queensland Track and Field Championships will be held at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre in Brisbane from Thursday, October 25 to Sunday, October 28.