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.



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