Ferry's golden run at state cross country championship
CLARENCE Valley cross-country champion Lauren Ferry recently returned from the Christian Schools Australia State Cross Country 400 grams heavier after claiming the gold medal in her 10-years-old girls division against a field of more than 150 students.
The young runner strode ahead of the competition on a gruelling track over the 2km distance.
The rough running track, usually used for horseriding at the Western Sydney Equestrian Centre, claimed several victims across the carnival with runners collapsing due to twisted ankles in the hoof marks.
This latest effort at the state level carnival was Ferry's third trip to Sydney for the cross country race with her last two efforts falling a touch short of her dream mark.
"I did not do so well last time around," Ferry said. "I did not really bother training too hard this time around because the last two times I went away I came towards the back of the pack.
"But I just had a really good run and I was enjoying myself out on the track and I think that really helped with winning."
Ferry said it was a good opportunity to prove to everyone her ability.
"There were a few people who doubted how well I would go because I had not really done any training beforehand," she said.
"I guess I got to show them up a bit. They are all proud of my effort which is really nice."
Despite not doing so much training herself before travelling to the state championships, the young star runner said the best way to guarantee success was to get out on the training track.
"I guess my only secret to success is to make sure you put in the effort at training," she said.
"Also to have a lot of fun when you're running really helps. You have to really want to be running and be happy with what you are doing before you can really achieve success."
Fellow St Andrew's Christian School students Madeline McKeown and Jayden Adams both made valiant efforts at the state championships finishing strongly in their races.
McKeown finished a strong 10th out of a field of 140 competitors while Adams ran in 23rd out of 171 runners in their respective age divisions.