Our track stars shine at Oceania Champs in Fiji

(as appeared in the Townsville Bulletin 18 July, 2017)

A PAIR of Townsville athletes have impressed at the recent Oceania Athletics Championships in Fiji.

Shirley Alcock, 15, and Kajsa Souter, 16, were among 630 athletes from 22 different countries to compete in the prestigious event and both girls returned with some silverware for their efforts.

Alcock’s highlight of the meet came in the 3000m where she claimed the silver medal in a personal best time of 11 minutes and six seconds,

She followed on that great result with a bronze medal in the 4x100m relay and while she didn’t medal in the 800m, she still achieved a personal best time of two minutes and 26 seconds.

The year 11 student will continue training and her next challenge is the State Cross Country Championships in Brisbane on Sunday 16 July.

Fellow Townsville track star Kajsa Souter claimed two silver medals at the meet after her extraordinary efforts in the Heptathlon and 100m hurdles.

The Townsville Grammar student achieved a personal best score of 5048 points in the Heptahlon event, which was made up of 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m sprint, long jump, javelin and 800m.

She also she set another personal best when she ran the 100m hurdles in a blistering 13.97 seconds, capping a wonderful campaign in Fiji.

Souter is a member of the Athletics Australia under-19 talent squad and she has aspirations of securing a scholarship to study and compete in the United States college scene next year.
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