Team spirit is high as five schools compete in Monto
PARTICIPATION and determination are the keys to success.
If that's the formula to live by, then Monto's Russell house has perfected it.
After a losing streak lasting years, the house was victorious at the combined school cross country day held on April 15.
The event got the hearts pumping of students from five different schools.
At the Monto Combined Sportsground, distances of 3km, 4km, 6km and 8km were run by the students.
For Year 8 Monto State High school student Lailah Mitchell, her quick time in the 3km qualified her for the North Burnett trials.
"I did some long distance training before it," she said.
"My goal is to beat my time and to push myself to be the best I can."
Lailah was part of the winning Russell house and said everyone motivated each other
"The best part of the day was being able to enjoy it with friends and family," she said.
She was also champion of the day in the girls' 13-year-old category.
Following the serious part of the annual event, the students joined for a massive dance of the Macarena and then the Nutbush.
With reception through to senior kids in attendance, everyone worked together to make it a success.
Monto State High School, Monto State School, Abercorn State School, StTherese Catholic Primary School Monto and Mulgildie State School were involved.
SOME OF THE RESULTS:
13 yo 1st Lailah Mitchell 2nd Claire Goody 3rd Britney Staines 4th Grace Ellerton
14 yo 1st Madison Edgar 2nd Laney Ariens 3rd Tatiana Wereta 4th Bridget Farmer
15 yo 1st Vanita Robinson 2nd Kristal Wolf 3rd Lana Keitley 4th Savannah Goody
16 yo 1st Chloe Harm 2nd Alecia Rigg 3rd Hayley Doran 4th Izabella Knapman
17 yo 1st Hannah Staines 2nd Kalyca Hendren 3rd Summer Roth 4th Sarah Black
13 yo 1st Declan Howlett 2nd Blake Barnett 3rd Ethan Grubb 4th Austin Ariens
14 yo 1st Daniel Phillips 2nd Hamish Staines 3rd Amiel Buncayo 4th Jesse Coogan
15 yo 1st Aidan Queale 2nd Angus Dow 3rd Brodie Bygrave 4th Dustin Heaslip
16 yo 1st Dallas Burgess 2nd Kurt Evans 3rd Darcy Kenny 4th Zac Baldwin
17 yo 1st Charles Hopf 2nd Troy Johnston 3rd Ryan Pickering 4th Braydon McInally
18 yo 1st Bradman Kenny 2nd Dylan Burgess