Tenterfield High School athletes shine at North West carnival

FLYING HIGH: The Tenterfield Tossers team of Isaac Jones, Ella Wishart, Abbey Jones and Bree McCowan excelled at the North West carnival.
FLYING HIGH: The Tenterfield Tossers team of Isaac Jones, Ella Wishart, Abbey Jones and Bree McCowan excelled at the North West carnival.

Fourteen Tenterfield High School students took on the region’s best at the 2018 North West Secondary Athletics Carnival in Tamworth on August 10. 

The athletes were vying for a spot in the North West team to compete at the NSW Combined High School championships from September 5-7.

Many thrilling moments were witnessed by parents, spectators and fellow students as our local students produced one great performance after another throughout the action packed day. 

Tne of the many highlights of the day was provided by the girls 14yrs 4 x 100m Relay. 

The Tenterfield team of Samantha Croft, Tallulah Adames, Bree McCowan, Maddison Riley, showed the benefit of team practice. 

Smooth baton changes and a courageous never-say-die attitude got the team over the finish line in second place and a lane booked on the track at Sydney Olympic Park.

Our local throwers in the field events, better known as the Tenterfield Tossers, showed the benefit of many hours of effort and perseverance in improving their techniques under the experienced eye of local Athletics Australia accredited coach, Susan Bright. 

First and second places were the order of the day across all three throw events, discus, javelin and shot put.

Of the 14 Tenterfield athletes, 12 qualified for a start at the state carnival across 23 events. 

Isaac Jones led the way with four qualifications. 

Best of Luck to all of our athletes.

At the North West carnival, five new records were set with Quirindi High School’s Lacie Quigley claiming two of them.

Amazingly, one of the records Quigley broke was her own mark set the previous year in the 14 years 1500m.

She notched a time of 4:45:63 to shave more than four seconds off her previous record.

Quigley then broke K Beattie’s record, which was set in 1991, in the 14 years 3000m event by about 17 seconds.

Narrabri High School’s Bella Stewart set a new mark of 1.68m in the 17 years and over high jump. She beat Moree Secondary College’s Sharnae Widders-Smith’s 2013 jump of 1.64m.

Glen Innes High School’s Kaleb Hope was also a record breaker with his throw of 41.92m in the 13 years javelin to beat T Lane of Coonamble High School’s record of 41.11m from 1999.

Finally, Quirindi High School’s Lachlan Tydings threw 52.01m in the 17 years and over discus to beat Tenterfield High School’s Chris Mikkleson’s 2003 record of 51.3m. 

Three students showed off their all-round talent to be selected to compete at the NSW CHS Carnival in six separate events. In total, 193 students from North West Schools qualified to compete at the NSW carnival.