RECORDS were breaking left, right and centre by Leeton’s Tess Staines at a recent athletics carnival.
Thirty of the shire’s Leeton Little Athletics members ranging from the under 8s to the under 17s took part in the Little Athletics NSW Regionals Carnival held in Griffith recently.
The two-day carnival attracted around 800 athletes from across the state.
This carnival is held on an annual basis after athletes first qualifying at a zone level.
Leeton had several athletes qualify to attend the next stage of competition at a state level.
One of those was Tess Staines, who enjoyed plenty of success at the carnival.
Tess broke the regionals under 17s girls javelin record of 41.24 metres, which was previously held by former Leeton Little Athletics member Madeline Warbuton.
Not only did Tess break that record with one throw, she did it twice thanks to a massive throw of 42.30m to claim her spot in the state competition.
Her fellow Leeton athletes also showed practice makes perfect, making sure the shire will be well represented at state.
Jade Cooper showed hard work does pay off, placing first in both the under 15s shot put and javelin and a close second in the discus to book her spot.
Madeline Glenn enjoyed a comfortable second place in the under 11s 1100-metre walk, while Riley Legge also progressed through in the under 11s high jump after he also placed second place.
The under 10s put on a show, with several Leeton athletes in that age group qualifying.
Sebastian Crelley threw a massive 6.87 metres in the shot put, earning him a comfortable spot in second place.
Elena Halloran also came away with a second after her 19.20 metre throw in the girls discus.
Other top performers included Lily Paton, who placed third in her 70-metre sprint and Connor Hutchins from the under 9s came third in the discus.
The club has wished all of the athletes taking part in the state competition all of the best as they get back to the training track to prepare.
It is estimated around 1500 people attended the carnival in Griffith throughout the two days of competition. It was the first time the city had hosted the event in almost three decades.
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