Krystal McMahon competes for Grafton during the Little Athletics regional carnival held at Lismore.
Krystal McMahon competes for Grafton during the Little Athletics regional carnival held at Lismore. Contributed

Our Little A's shine at regional championships

ATHLETICS: The future of athletics in the Clarence Valley is shining bright as eight members of the Grafton Little Athletics Club are set to take on the best in the state after topping the regional championships.

It was a fantastic strike rate for the club who sent 13 athletes away to the hot and humid conditions at the Lismore athletics track.

State-level qualifier Eliza Berrick during the Little Athletics regional carnival held at Lismore.
State-level qualifier Eliza Berrick during the Little Athletics regional carnival held at Lismore. Contributed

It was a very close contest for one state qualifier, Eliza Berrick, who competed in the last heat of the U10 70m sprint, running 11.0s to equal the best time in the heats to make it into the final but was pipped at the post by 0.1s to take the silver medal.

True to recent form, Brooms Head pocket dynamo Nathalie Avery, competing in U14s earned gold in both the 100m and 200m sprints.

Emergent speedster Satriya Pope (centre) competes for Grafton during the Little Athletics regional carnival held at Lismore.
Emergent speedster Satriya Pope (centre) competes for Grafton during the Little Athletics regional carnival held at Lismore. Contributed

Megan Tillman, competing in U17s, won silver in javelin and high jump while her twin sister, Erica, earned a regional record and first place in 100m hurdles.

Erica also broke the previous triple jump record of 11.02m three times on her way to collecting gold with a distance of 11.46m, and won gold medals in high jump and long jump.

Satriya Pope won gold in the U10 400m sprint, Daniel Lavender placed second the the U12 1500m walk and brother Nicholas won gold in the U15 1500m walk. Competing in U13s, Zac Pacey received silver in the 800m run and Kyle McIlveen won gold in the U17 high jump.

Marcus Makejev (green and purple) in action for Grafton during the Little Athletics regional carnival held at Lismore.
Marcus Makejev (green and purple) in action for Grafton during the Little Athletics regional carnival held at Lismore. Contributed

Bronze medals went to Krystal McMahon in the U13 girls 100m sprint, Megan Tillman for 100m hurdles, long jump and triple jump and Erica in 300m hurdles. Bronze was also awarded to Marcus Makejev in the the U11 boys 200m sprint, Lavender in high jump and McIlveen in triple jump.



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