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Cross country carnivals are a runaway success!

Age Champions and runners up.

Thursday 20th April saw the staging of the Stanthorpe State High School Cross Country carnival. While the weather was variable, the sun stayed out long enough for everyone to complete their races. Congratulations to all students who participated and special congratulations to Asbjorn Gaskell whose efforts smashed the previous record by over two minutes; completing the 6km course in 22mins 31seconds! Two trophies were awarded on the day - the Teams Event trophy saw Finch racing across the line. The overall Championship House Trophy was decided by only four points with Finch victorious over Wright, followed by Withers and then Langan. Congratulations Finch house!

Granite Belt


Granite Belt Zones Cross Country carnival was held 2 weeks later with five Stanthorpe State High School participants. They faced a 3km course that included some very muddy patches. They represented the school commendably, putting in their best efforts as well as cheering on competitors in other races. In the U12 boys, Kyle McCarthy came 5th, Mika Repo 7th and Josh Paech 8th. For the U12 girls Jessie Johnstone came 6th and Brooke Dixon 10th. Congratulations to all.


From left: Kyle McCarthy, Mika Repo, Jessie Johnstone,
Josh Paech (missing Brooke Dixon)


Border District

A contingent of Stanthorpe State High School cross country runners travelled to Killarney to participate in the Border District Cross Country carnival. Despite the poor weather, some fantastic results were achieved with Noah Walker (U13), Dylan Dunbar (U14), Jack Clark (U15) and Asbjorn Gaskell (Open) all winning their races. Luke Muir (U13) (no internet media) finished third by half a second and Jake Stewart (U15) (no internet media) put everything on the line to finish a very close 4th. Congratulations also to other runners who pushed themselves right to the very end:

U13 boys Kurtis Jenkinson (7th), Cooper Thomson (8th)

U14 girls Taryn Hines (9th), Emma Morison (14th)

U16 girls Kirra Bailey-Young (7th) - (no internet media)

All competitors were fantastic role models, cheering on team mates and other competitors alike for all races. Congratulations to all students and best of luck for Darling Downs competition later in the month.