Medals for local stars at State Little As level
ATHLETICS: Illness, injury, disappointment, surprise, disbelief and elation - the Little Athletics State Championships had it all for the seven Grafton athletes who competed in Sydney over the weekend.
With up to 24 competitors in each event, our athletes achieved some great results and should be very proud of their efforts.
Friday night saw Lainie Casserly compete in the U12 girls high jump.
Having easily cleared 1.35m on her third jump, after two steps into her first attempt at 1.40m a niggling muscle injury become a major problem and Lainie had to withdraw.
Also competing on Friday night in the U15 girls triple jump, Erica Tillman improved her PB by 14cm to jump 10.74m.
To her surprise and delight, this earned her the bronze medal in her pet event.
On Saturday, Kyle McIlveen competed in the U17 boys high jump. Still under an injury cloud, he managed to clear 1.75m, well below his PB, but understandable considering his circumstances. He also qualified for the 200m hurdles, but did not participate in the event.
Erica and Megan Tillman competed in the U15 girls high jump. Megan was elated to improve her PB by 12cm to jump 1.62m which earned her the silver medal. Erica also qualified for the 200m hurdles and couldn't resist the opportunity to compete in her first state-level track event despite it taking place half-way through her high jump event.
Nathalie Avery managed to rise from her sick bed, where she had been the previous three days, to compete in the U13 girls 100m sprint. Despite not being fully recovered she managed to qualify for the final where a gallant effort saw her take the bronze medal in a time of 13.16 seconds.
First-time state qualifier, Krystal McMahon, competed in the U12 girls discus. On Sunday, Daniel Lavender also competed in his first State competition in the U11 boys 1100m walk.