Young runners race to represent Lockyer

Ten-year-old Ethan from Prenzlau State School crossed the finish line in style for 1st place.

Lockyer’s young-guns hit the ground running at Fernvale Sports Park for the Lockyer District Cross Country Carnival on Wednesday 24 April.

Around 150 students aged 10 to 12 represented their schools at the carnival.

Carnival convener and Fernvale State School physical education teacher Matthew Grassic said he enjoyed running the event.

“I love seeing the kids out here, especially the ones who have trained hard and worked hard for it,” Grassick said.

“My young fella is here as well so it’s a bit personal.

“They’re big events, there’s a lot of planning and organisation that goes into them.”

Grassick said the students came through their own schools’ carnivals to compete.

“This is our Lockyer carnival, so all the schools in the Lockyer region all the way out to Blenheim and Thornton, Lake Clarendon, and then up to Fernvale and everywhere in between,” he said.

“The next level is Western Ranges, so that’s a combination of all the kids in Ipswich, out to Fassifern and Boonah, and our Lockyer zone as well.

“They go into Ipswich on Thursday in a couple of weeks’ time at Ipswich Grammar School near Brassall.

“Some of our better kids go fairly well, we’ve had a few get through to represent Western Ranges in the last couple of years, and then they go on and we’ve had the odd Met West representatives too.”

Grassick said he was impressed with each students’ performance given the stamina required to compete in cross country.

“There were a few very, very strong performances today,” he said.

First placings are as follows:

10 Years Girls – Yasmine (Fernvale State School)

10 Years Boys – Ethan (Prenzlau State School)

11 Years Girls – Lila (Fernvale State School)

11 Years Boys – Benji (Fernvale State School)

12 Years Girls – Lacey (Glamorgan Vale State School)

12 Years Boys – Lucas (Fernvale State School)