FOUR Riverside Primary School pupils will be hoping to continue an impressive pedigree at the national cross-country titles this weekend.
The school has helped produce a host of elite athletes across a range of sports including nationally-successful runners Jake Birtwhistle, James Hansen and Andrew Robinson.
The production line shows no sign of drying up with Riverside providing the largest contingent from any Northern Tasmanian primary school for this week's championship on home soil.
Liam Gilmore, 12 years, Alyson Wood, Sam Clifford, both 11 years, and Madison Brazendale, 10 years, all qualified to represent Tasmania after impressive performances at the state titles, also at Symmons Plains.
Hobart's Hutchins School also provided four athletes, with Punchbowl among those sending three.
Riverside principal Jane Bovill said the school was delighted to extend its record of athletic representation.
``It's a marvellous achievement and supports our commitment to a wide range of opportunities in our health and physical education program,'' she said.
Event manager Richard Welsh, of Athletics Tasmania, said the host state had filled its quota in every event.
``The competition will be really tough,'' he said.
``The depth is really strong so any Tasmanian who can get in the top 20 is a terrific performance.''
Welsh said Newstead Harrier David Thomas is a top-10 contender in the open men, while Devonport's Kale Adams and Hobart's Hugh Nicklason were major threats in the under-18s.
``Arabella Phillips [Norwood] should also go well given how well she ran at the state titles and that her dad is setting up the course so she should be full of local knowledge and confidence,'' Welsh added.
All top-six placegetters at the Tasmanian cross-country championships qualified for the nationals.