Jacquie leaves field in her wake
UNHERALDED Kingscliff High School speedster Jacquie Soden ran rings around her opposition in the North Coast Schools Cross-Country Championships at Nana Glen on Friday.
The 14-year-old, who was runner-up last year, clocked a brilliant 15mins 21secs for the undulating 4km course to finish almost a minute ahead of the 40-strong field.
“The large crowd cheered for her courageous front-running tactics,” Border Striders coach Brian Chapman said. “Her action looked so smooth, too.”
As a result of her tremendous run, Jacquie booked her spot in the NSW Championships at Eastern Creek on July 23, where the lightly-framed youngster will face four-time national champion Hayley Arden of Cooloah.
Meanwhile Striders team-mate Leshay Wells successfully defended her title in the 16-years division, careering away to a 300m victory over 800m specialist Siobahn Deem.
Wells' Tweed River High school-mates Brent Stafford (18yrs), Charlotte Dance-Wilson (17yrs) and Grace Lawson (15yrs) also qualified for State with impressive top-six placings.