Sacred Heart will have six athletes competing in nationals later this month after winning its fifth-straight NIJSSA carnival on Thursday.
Ten-year-old quartet Xavier Davie, Max Matthews, Oscar Marsden and Annabelle Pyke all qualified for Melbourne’s School Sports Australia track and field championships after starring at the carnival, as did 11-year-old Abbey Berlese and 12-year-old Ava Jones.
Davie was one of four athletes to break NIJSSA records, completing the grade 3 boys’ 400m in 1:11.85.
Scotch Oakburn grade 5 Sophie Marshall (800m in 2:29.80), Grammar grade 3 Sophie Cuthbertson-Cass (3.75m long jump) and St Finn Barr’s grade 6 Kate Healer (4.77m long jump) also set new benchmarks.
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Sacred Heart physical education teacher John Anderson, who cheered home more than 60 winners on Thursday, attributed his school’s recent success to a number of factors.
“Many of our students participate in Little Athletics, play weekend sport and students regularly train in their own time,” Anderson said.
“Our parents are extremely supportive and clearly value the health benefits of regular exercise.
“Our kids also genuinely love running and some mornings we have over 100 students practising baton relays before school on the oval.”
The national track and field championships will take place from November 23 to 27.