TWO busloads of Cooktown and Lakeland athletes matched their prowess against the region’s best at the Tableland athletics carnival in Mareeba last week.
Held at St Stephen’s Catholic College, students from Cooktown State School, Endeavour Christian College and Lakeland State School who qualified at their local athletics carnivals competed in track and field events across two days on Thursday and Friday.
Standouts included Maia Pensio winning his 100m final in 14.12 seconds, and Desmond Bowen, who won long jump with a 4.95m leap, and also brought home second in high jump and 800m and fourth in the 100m dash.
Grace Raleigh and Isla Winton had a great day in the long jump pits, getting first and second respectively, while the track was lined with cheering locals when Tahnee Paradise, the only qualifier from tiny Lakeland State School, ran her 100m race.
Carradine Bally also won his 100m and 200m sprint and came fourth in long jump, while Jessica Crowe came first in long jump and the 100m and Codi Gibson was second in discus.
The young athletes displayed great sportsmanship, with lots of handshakes at the finish line and tips exchanged between competitors and are eagerly awaiting word on whether they qualify for the Peninsula athletics trials later in the month.