A RECORD twenty two Raymond Terrace Athletics Centre athletes are heading to Homebush next weekend to contest the annual Little Athletics State Track and Field Championships in a total of 44 events.
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This is also the largest contingent of Under 17 Raymond Terrace athletes with 7 qualifying for State.
They have all qualified after competing at the recent Port Hunter Zone Regional Athletics Championships held at Mingara, Central Coast.
They not only needed to overcome the best athletes in the Region, but the most extreme weather conditions experienced at this time of year.
Raymond Terrace Athletics Centre spokesperson Deidre Hall told News Of The Area, “While enduring heat in the high 30’s on the Saturday, athletes then had to cope with Sunday’s opposite conditions of temperatures that plummeted to the mid-teens with rain and wind most of the day.”
“All of the athletes showed incredible resilience both on and off the track.”
State qualifiers are Under 10 – Ashlyn Wall, Dixie Conlon, Amelia Said, Under 11 – Sienna Newton, Ashleigh Vetter, Riley Irvine, Under 12 – Keira McGregor, Under 13 – Harper Collins, Ebony Newton, Under 14 – Grace Gray, Under 15 – Jack Kenny, Thomas Bray, Leila Inglis-Monk, Owen Oquendo, Under 15 – Nathan Swan, Under 17– Victoria Allen, Belle Leonard, Gemma Hancock, Benjamin Edstein, Thomas Jenkinson, Lucinda Bray and Duncan Akerman.
Five of these athletes broke Region Records – Under 12 Keira McGregor 200m, Under 13 Ebony Newton 200m and 200m hurdles, Under 15 Owen Oquendo 300m hurdles; and Under 17 300m hurdles Belle Leonard and Gemma Hancock.