Big weeks of athletics

It has been a big couple of weeks of athletics competitions at the individual MNSEC schools leading up to the MNSEC District Athletics Competition held at Jamestown on Tuesday, March 21. 

It was a great competition at Gladstone High School between Richards Gale, Oswald and Sullivan houses. Sullivan was victorious on the day winning the carnival. House captains Scott Combe, Taryn Kelly and vice-captains Nathan Hooper and Brooke Cousins received the shield.

Orroroo Area School had a healthy lunch hub operating on their sports day with healthy fresh rolls and wraps along with fruit kebabs and jelly cups available, with this event being a joint fundraiser for the year 7 and 8 camps.

Jamestown Community School with year 11 fresh back from their Canberra trip, it was time to compete in their athletics day.

Peterborough High School’s Athletics Carnival was held at the Peterborough Football Oval on March 10 with a great competition occurring between the Goyder and Webb houses.

Quorn Area School sports day was on March 9 and students were joined by some students from Hawker Area School to provide them with the opportunity to be involved in the event also. The sports committee worked hard on scheduling some new events in the program.

At Booleroo Centre it was a week of competitions and preparations for year 6 to 12 students as they battled it out for athletic supremacy between Dunstan and Rogers. The competition began on the Monday with the 800m races, Dunstan took a 22 point lead after the event. Then on Wednesday Rogers managed to outscore Dunstan by 1 point in the 1500m races bridging the gap back to 21 points. Friday was a warm day and provided testing conditions, but all staff, students, spectators and volunteers all persevered to make the event a great success. It was a huge day for all reception to year 5 students who made the journey from Wilmington and Melrose to compete with Booleroo students in the R to 5 competition.

Each age group provided some great competition, but none were as closely contested as the intermediate girls. It was a ferocious competition with Ella Peacock, Tara Kumnick and Tiana Poulton all achieving some excellent results. In the Open Cups it was great to see two of the Year 12s finish off with back to back Open Cup wins. Well done to Renae Kretschmer and Jackson ‘Steve’ Stevens.

Three records were broken on the day, Eliza Watkinson created a new record for the Junior Girls Hurdle (15.26) breaking a previous record of 15.70 held by Naomi Creeper(1983) and Lisa Albinys (1980). Teegan Prosser broke Jana Cillie’s 2015 Year 6/7 triple Jump Record of 5.91m taking it up to 6.73m. Finally Jed Phillis broke Ted Arthur’s U13 Triple Jump Record of 7.10m taking it to 7.87m.