State medals for Sale

SEVEN representatives of the Sale Little Athletics Centre won medals at the state track and field championships last weekend at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne.

On top of the nine medals won – two gold, three silver and four bronze – there were another 14 held top eight placings.

Twenty-two Sale athletes competed at the championships in ideal conditions, setting 34 personal best performances.

In her first year eligible to compete at region and state championships, under nine girl Jayde Parsons won three medals, one of each colour.

Parsons set a personal best in the 200 metres of 31.47 seconds to grab gold.

Even though carrying a slight injury sustained in the 200m, Parsons went on to grab silver in the 400m with another personal best time of 1:12.24 minutes.

Although not a personal best, her 18.39m throw in the discus secured a bronze medal.

Aiden Williams deserved his gold medal in the under 10 boys’ high jump, earned with a personal best jump of 1.39m.

Silver medals also went to Jenna Ross, who threw a personal best of 29.46m in the under 12 girls’ javelin, and under 11 girl Keisha Jackson in the under 11 girls’ shot put with a personal best of 9.87m.

Bronze medallists were Emily McGovern in the under nine girls’ high jump, Rachel O’Brien, who jumped a personal best of 1.6m in the under 15 girls’ high jump, and Amber Ross in the under 14 girls’ discus.

Finn Staple narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing 4th in the under nine boys’ 80m hurdles, while Jordi Williams came fourth in the under 12 boys’ high jump.

Sale Little Athletics Centre will hold its annual meeting and presentation afternoon at Stephenson Park on Sunday, April 12 from 11am.

The state championships marked the finish of the 2014-15 track and field season.

The cross country season will begin in May. Depending on their age group, athletes will run 1000m to 3000m in different locations around the Sale area.

For more information visit the Sale Little Athletics Centre’s Facebook page or