Warwick State High School student Tim Tate leads Kieran Bourke (Scots PGC) 150 metres from home in the Southern Downs cross country yesterday.
Warwick State High School student Tim Tate leads Kieran Bourke (Scots PGC) 150 metres from home in the Southern Downs cross country yesterday. Gerard Walsh

Footy stands fit Tim Tate in good stead for cross country

TIM Tate attributes a lot of his success in the Southern Downs Cross Country Championships yesterday to fitness from Aussie Rules training.

The championships for secondary school student were held on the Allora golf course yesterday starting and finishing at Stuart Henry Park.

Tate, a Warwick State High School student, was shoulder to shoulder with schoolmate Nic Wall after the first leg of the 6km race before taking the lead 2km from home.

Scots PGC student Kieran Bourke was third early and then second but was 100m behind on top of the hill heading back towards the clubhouse yesterday.

He slowly made up ground to be five metres behind Tate with 150m to go before Tate responded to win by almost 10m.

Tate admitted he thought Bourke might pass him as they crossed the footbridge in Stuart Henry Park together for the final 50m sprint to the line.

"It was a bit of a thrill to win, this was the first year I have been serious about cross country," Tate said.

Bourke said he gradually picked up his speed in the final 1km.

"I then went for it in the last 150 metres," Bourke said.

Like Tate, he said footy training for First XV rugby union helped.

"I did a bit of running for cross country on the farm at Maryvale," he said.

Early joint leader Nic Tate finished third.

In the girls' event, Cassie Heaslip led from the start to record an easy win.

A Scots PGC boarder from Yelarbon, Heaslip was 20th at the state championships last year.

"I go as fast as I cam uphill and even faster down hill," Heaslip said.

"I am aiming for a cross country state medal this year even though I prefer orienteering and equestrian," she said.

In one of the top performances of the day, last year's 14 years regional champion Demi Hayes won the 15 years event by a two-minute margin.

In the inter-school competition, Scots PGC scored 208 points to win from Warwick High on 132 and Stanthorpe High on 65.

The Southern Downs primary school cross country will be held at the same venue today.

The championships double as selection trials for the Darling Downs championships.

 

Winners

  • 13 years Ashleigh Kane (Scots PGC) and Gift Lisie (Warwick Christian College)
  • 14 years Maddy Ross (Inglewood) and James Gilmore (Scots PGC)
  • 15 years Demi Hayes (Scots PGC) and Simeon Burrill (Warwick High)
  • 16 years Zoe Leahy (Goondiwindi High) and Jack Wild (Scots PGC)
  • 17 years Cassie Heaslip (Scots PGC) and Tim Tate (Warwick High)


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