Open winner Matthew Carey takes an early lead in the Warwick State High School cross country.
Open winner Matthew Carey takes an early lead in the Warwick State High School cross country.

Five from five for speedy star

OPEN winner Matthew Carey made it five cross country victories in five years as 600 Warwick State High School students ran up to six kilometres each at Queen’s Park yesterday.

Carey stars in five sports which is enough training for one or two cross country runs a year.

“It was a lot tougher this year as Nick Kemp pushed me all the way,” Carey said.

They swapped the lead before Carey was in front for the final kilometre to win the 6km event in 24 minutes, 59 seconds.

Emma Briggs scored back-to-back wins in the girl’s event with victory in the four-kilometre event in a time of 17 minutes, 53 seconds.

She is in her fifth year at Warwick High and puts her cross country success in the past two years down to undertaking five training sessions a week in the run up to the cross country.

“I want to go to the Darling Downs championships and quality for the state titles,” Briggs said.

In the battle for house supremacy, Leslie won in a close battle with Barnes. Hamilton was third and Cunningham fourth.

PLACES: Boys:13 years 1 Jayden Webb, 2 Tony Clevin, 3 Zac Pout; 14 yrs 1 Tim Collins, 2 Scott Clarkson, 3 Josh Day; 15 yrs 1 Ryan Grady, 2 Matt Willett, 3 Callum Miller; 16 yrs 1 Peter Von Hoff, 2 Ben Batten, 3 Kyle Sowden; 17 yrs – 1 Matthew Carey, 2 Nick Kemp, 3 Matthew Dixon.

Girls – 13yrs Elizabeth Brown, 2 Melanie Hagenbach, 3 Talitha Doro; 14 yrs 1 Brooke O’Neill, 2 Emily Hoffman, 3 Tegan Bailey; 15 yrs 1 Leanne Brown, 2 Chloe McVeigh, 3 Millicent Kelly; 16 yrs 1 Carissa Wrigley, 2 Naomi Mauch, 3 Heidi Donges; 17 yrs Emma Briggs, 2 Karen Kay, 3 Ashleigh Grayson.



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