Cassie all smiles

Liam Durkin

CASSIE Farley had reason to smile after coming home from Casey Fields with two medals around her neck.

Cassie claimed gold in the 800 metres and silver in the 400m at the Little Athletics state championships.

Competing in the under 10 age bracket, the Sale Primary School student beat a field of 16 competitors in the 800m with a time of 2:37:69 minutes, and came second in the 400m in a large field of 24.

Cassie got off to a strong start in her winning event, and crossed the line well ahead of the next best competitor. She credited her win to both hard work and the training she has undertaken with highly credentialed Wellington Athletic Club coach Denis Huffer.

“I did cross country and I though I really want to win a gold medal [in long distance running] so I started training and ever since then I really liked it,” Cassie said.

As well as her achievements at state level, Cassie also broke the 800m record for Gippsland, clocking in at 2:47:39min.

Because of her age, the middle to long distance specialist wont be able to progress any further in a Little Athletics pathway, but has entered to trial in the national schools championships, to be held in Darwin this September.

Twelve members of Sale Little Athletics competed at the state championships.

Meaghan Wilson placed second in the high jump and third in the 90m hurdles.

Taylah Mizzi, who is also new to competition at state level and came third in her 400m final.

Cody Lee finished third in javelin, fifth in the discus.

Keisha Jackson just missed out on a medal in the shot put, placing fourth.