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Woods wows in state championships

FOURTEEN year old Jasmine Woods from Mirboo North Secondary College had a fantastic conclusion to the Secondary Schools’ Track and Field season.
At the School Sports Secondary State Track and Field Championships at Lakeside Stadium on October 23, Jas won four silver medals in the 100metres, 200metres, long jump and triple jump.
In each of these events, she came within centimetres to the gold medal.
Her distance of over 11 metres in the triple jump was sufficient to gain automatic selection into the Australian Championships early next year.
On the way to the state finals, Jas represented Mirboo North at the District Sports, which included the other schools from South Gippsland.
Here, she won six gold medals including the hurdles.
She also won the age championship.
She broke records in both jumping events.
The U14 relay team for the second year in a row broke longstanding records previously held by Foster and Leongatha.
At the Gippsland Regional Athletics Championships, Jas also won five gold medals and a silver and the relay team progressed to the state final.
Jas would like to thank David Green for his help and advice and Eleanor Patterson for her help with warm ups.
Mirboo North had some other great performances; firstly, wonderful discus thrower Alessandro Manuele.
He was under enormous pressure after putting out a dodgy leg spinner only 25m with throw one and fouling throw two.
A super third throw out over 36m saw him leapfrog to second.
No one was topping the winner who threw an amazing 46m plus.
Alessandro leaves the school next year after a wonderful career in school athletics.
The school was quite hopeful of a medal in the relays.
Michelle Stothart and several other parents have beaten a path to Newborough to train during the holidays and midweek.
A solid start from powerhouse Clara Linn had them in the mix early, then Ella Snell ran the race of her life to put us in contention.
Charlotte Kanavan keeps on improving and she made more ground on the outside lanes.
When the dust settled from change three we were a comfortable third and Meaghan Stothart brought it home strongly to gain the bronze.
Clara stays in the U13 age group next year, but the others will be keen to improve further next year.
The 14 girls finished a solid fifth.
Dakota Wilden replaced the ill Sam Clerk as second runner and worked really hard in practice to perfect her changes.
Try as they may Steph Parker, Willow Thomson, and Jasmine couldn’t quite go with the leading teams but the school is proud of their efforts.
There will be a couple of girls pushing for spots in this team at house athletics in March.
Jacob Carnes made a great start in his 1500, leading the field for two laps in the U14 boys 1500m.
Unfortunately, he was forced to retire from the race.
Thanks to Michelle Stothart for coming down and Jasmine’s entourage of Wayne Roberts and grandparents Peter and Thelma Woods for supporting the whole team. Also, Shirley Carnes for making the trip to support Jacob.

Medal winner: Jasmine Woods returned home with four silver medals following the School Sports Secondary State Track and Field Championships recently.

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