Girl power rules the school track at the Northern Athletics Centre

AND THEY'RE OFF: A sea of colour from the start line, the under-13 girls 800 metres showed off a range of school pride participating at the Northern Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools 2017 athletics carnival on Thursday. Pictures: Scott Gelston

AND THEY'RE OFF: A sea of colour from the start line, the under-13 girls 800 metres showed off a range of school pride participating at the Northern Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools 2017 athletics carnival on Thursday. Pictures: Scott Gelston

Long-standing carnival records may have cooled on Thursday to suit the modest spring day, but leading Northern Tasmanian schoolgirl athletes burned up the track.

Five standout girls were among the top six performers at St Leonards during the Northern Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools athletics carnival.

The announcer at the Northern Athletics Centre was also left hoarse from repeatedly calling out Mia Findlay’s name.

IN STEP: Launceston Church Grammar's Mia Findlay strides her way to victory in the under-14 girls 800 metres.

IN STEP: Launceston Church Grammar's Mia Findlay strides her way to victory in the under-14 girls 800 metres.

The Launceston Church Grammar student ended the day on six wins in the 400m, 800m, high jump, long jump, shot put and discus.

Scotch Oakburn College’s Isabella Foster starred with under-15 wins in the 90m hurdles, 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump.

St Patrick’s College, who were one of the most dominant track and field schools on Thursday, had two star athletes in their midst.

BOLD END: Launceston Christian School's Jonny Burk eases up over the finish line in the boys' open 200 metres.

BOLD END: Launceston Christian School's Jonny Burk eases up over the finish line in the boys' open 200 metres.

Aime Broad captured wins in the under-13 100m, 200m, 400m and discus to go along with her seconds in long jump and shot put.

As Arabella Phillips took out the under-16 90m hurdles, 400m, long jump, triple jump and the St Patrick’s 4x100m relay team.

Marist Regional College’s top performers matched St Patrick’s. Charli Kay snared wins in the 800m, 1500m, long jump, javelin and in the Burnie school’s under-13 4x100m relay, along with seconds in the 100 and 200m.

RUSH HOME: Marist Regional College's Tarj Singleton wins the under-13 200m at the NSATIS athletics carnival in Launceston.

RUSH HOME: Marist Regional College's Tarj Singleton wins the under-13 200m at the NSATIS athletics carnival in Launceston.

Not to be outshadowed, schoolmate Tarj Singleton was the leading male athlete.

The Marist Regional College pupil finished with 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m victories and a 100m second in the under-13s.

St Patrick’s College pair Andrew James (open) and Blade Sulzberger (under-14) won four times each, including in individual 200m, triple jump and javelin for James and 90m hurdles, 200m and 400m for Sulzberger.

CATCH ME: St Patrick's College's Andrew James flies home to take out the boys' open 200 metres.

CATCH ME: St Patrick's College's Andrew James flies home to take out the boys' open 200 metres.

Scotch Oakburn College’s Tom McShane for the under-15s and Launceston Church Grammar’s Chack Kadima in the under-16s won the high jump, triple jump and shot put.

St Brendan Shaw College’s Brooke Jones collected wins in the 100m, 200m and 400m open for the Devonport school.

The 2017 carnival also made unique history at the St Leonards track.

LEAPER: Launceston Church Grammar's Chack Kadima bends his way and clears the bar in the boys under-16 high jump.

LEAPER: Launceston Church Grammar's Chack Kadima bends his way and clears the bar in the boys under-16 high jump.

For the first time, the Northern Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools had introduced two para-events to the program.

Scotch Oakburn College student Jonathon Clarke won the inaugural boys’ open 100m para ambulatory race among a small field.

Meanwhile, St Brendan Shaw College’s Rachel Tolson was the first winner of the girls’ open 100m para ambulatory equiavlent. 

Tolson would also race in the open girls 100m with able-bodied competitors just moments earlier.

ALL HEART: Launceston Christian School's Esther Gbasie eyes off the line to finish second in the under-14 girls 200 metres.

ALL HEART: Launceston Christian School's Esther Gbasie eyes off the line to finish second in the under-14 girls 200 metres.

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