M13 sprint placegetters (from left) Simeon Burrill (Warwick High), Riley De Jong (Mater Dei) and Tom Ronnfeldt (Toowoomba Grammar) at Leslie Dam.
M13 sprint placegetters (from left) Simeon Burrill (Warwick High), Riley De Jong (Mater Dei) and Tom Ronnfeldt (Toowoomba Grammar) at Leslie Dam.

Simeon third place at orienteering

WARWICK West State School Year 7 student Simeon Burrill was happy to start his first state schoolboys competition in orienteering with a third placing.

Simeon said his father Philip Burrill used to carry him around on his back at orienteering competitions from the age of two before he was old enough to compete himself.

“Dad let me punch holes in the controls,” Simeon said.

Simeon was third in the M13 sprint competition in 13 minutes, eight seconds, behind winner Tom Ronnfeldt, of Toowoomba Grammar School, who won in 12.41 and Mater Dei student Riley De Jong who was runner up in 12.47.

“I was happy with third in the sprint as I prefer the longer distance,” Simeon said.

The championships attracted 75 orienteers, including 10 from Warwick State High School, and some from Inglewood State School.

After a day of competition at Leslie Dam on Saturday, competitors completed the long course events at Applethorpe yesterday.



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