Queensland Cross Country Championships

Reedy Creek

During the weekend our King's leading cross country runners competed at the Queensland Championships on the Sunshine Coast.

Thomas Grinham was first on the start line in the cold morning air racing in the 17 years boys, he finished in a respectable 30th place. Brad Course finished strong in 22nd place and shortly after Ryder Ah Fook ran a hotly contested race, finishing in 6th place. He has now booked a spot in the Queensland team to compete at the Australian Cross Country Championships.

William Mehta and Joseph Lethlean were next to the line and their race was fast from the gun. The boys were midfield after the first 500 meters. William ran a solid race and finished in 26th place. Joseph tripped on a gravelly decent, falling over and gashing his upper shin. He did get up and finish the race placing 59th. First aid attended after the race and after a trip to ED for 2 stitches, he was back in one piece.

Joseph was not the only student to suffer some misfortune on the day. Our superstar runner Sayla Donnelly, had put in a mountain of training this year and was in great form coming into the race, but overcome by an illness for several days prior to the race. After holding a great position early, she had to make a very tough call to withdraw. We know that she will be back to full health soon and we will see great things from this champion distance runner in the future.

Our girls took centre stage after lunch, Ruby Hughes finish 4th, Jasmyne Coventry finished 3rd and Leah Simpson finished 5th. All 3 girls ran out of their skin and will be joining Ryder at the Australian Cross Country Championships to be held on the Sunshine Coast in just a few short weeks.

King's are extremely proud of our students' resilience, courage and determination they have shown in representing our school at this level. We now wait with anticipation for the results of the Australian Cross Country Championships.

Tobby Sutherland, Cross Country Coordinator