Xavier runners reign at school cross country championships
XAVIER Catholic College has reinforced its standing as the dominant force in school cross country after blitzing the field at the Fraser District Secondary School Cross Country Championships at Hervey Bay TAFE college.
Eight of the 12 age champions crowned on Wednesday were Xavier students, catapulting the Eli Waters-based school to the top of the overall points standings.
Xavier director of sport Mandy Walters said it was great reward for the students who had been training hard in preparation for the carnival.
"It's definitely one of the best results we've ever had," she said.
"The students were all keen to achieve and I think some of them did better than they hoped."
But Walters said the success came as no surprise.
"We have some really strong athletes in all age groups," she said.
"But there has been a focus on participating in all codes, not just cross country to try to get them involved in athletics, swimming and field sport.
"A lot of them are within families who have a strong focus on athletics and sports, which really helps us when we try to take them to the next level. We have some excellent staff who have put in some extra time to help with training and coaching, which really helps."
Students who finished in the top six in each age group will represent Fraser District in the Wide Bay trials in Bundaberg later this month.
13 years girls: Kayla Munson (Xavier Catholic College)
13 boys: Vincent Green (Urangan SHS)
14 girls: Emily King (Xavier)
14 boys: Jay Andrew (Urangan)
15 girls: Ruby Elder (Fraser Coast Anglican College)
15 boys: Matthew Hauser (Xavier)
16 girls: Carly Burch (Xavier)
16 boys: Daniel Willis (Xavier)
17 girls: Sydney Reid (Xavier)
17 boys: Christian Wilson (Xavier)
Open girls: Brooke Willis (Xavier)
Open boys: Hailan Harris (Maryborough SHS)
Overall points: 1st Xavier, 2nd FCAC, 3rd Urangan