High pair makes team
WARWICK State High School student Stephanie O’Brien has won her first bronze medal in secondary school athletics at the Queensland championships in Brisbane.
O’Brien was third in shot put with a throw of 11.8 metres.
Her throw was 70cm over the national qualifying distance so she will travel to Hobart to compete in the nationals in December.
Samuel Olsen also qualified for the nationals after finishing fifth in the final of the 400m hurdles in a time of 59.07 seconds.
He also qualified sixth fastest for the final of the 110m hurdles.
Matthew Carey was reasonably happy with his run after clocking 54.5 in the 16 years 400m.
Carey won the Darling Downs 400m title in 56.28 this year and also excels in football and futsal.
In his first appearance at a Queensland championship in any sport, Ty Gardner excelled in shot put to finish ninth.
If he would have finished in the top eight, Gardner would have had another three throws with which to strive for a higher place.
Max Newstead, of Scots PGC, recorded silver in 18/19 years long jump while Sam Davis also ran well in the 800m.
Darling Downs manager Scott Thompson, of Warwick High, said a team of 160 from across the region competed in the state titles.
“Our region is always strong in field events,” Thompson said.
“There are some good throws coaches on the Darling Downs.
“We had 10 gold medals in the field, including seven in throws and four gold on the track.