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Leshay aces 10km race after fnc glory

EXCITING Banora Point distance runner Leshay Wells was the first junior home in the Southern Cross University 10km race held in conjunction with the recent Gold Coast Marathon.

Leshay clocked a personal best 37mins 57secs to outlast World Schools Cross-Country prospect Courtney Martin (38.17) and Queensland Academy of Sport triathlete Ellie Salthouse (38.40).

The 15-year-old Border Striders ace also finished ahead of Queensland 800m champion Daina Surka, World Age Group Triathlon gold medallist Kym Jaenke and Youth Olympics runner-up Robyn Bennett.

Incredibly Leshay passed 5km in her best time of 18.05 as well, and placed 76th out of 5265 finishers overall.

Queensland women's cross-country and road champion Clare Geraghty (34.25) was first female ahead of Japan's triple Olympian Kiyomi Niwata (35.05) and Australian rep Susan Michelsson (35.24).

Leshay's effort was doubly impressive after her record-breaking exploits in the Far North Coast Athletics Championships at Cudgen the Friday before.

The Tweed River High Sports Development Program member took a second off former national-class runner Emily Morgan's zone 1500m record with a 5mins 9sec effort.

Leshay also lowered ex-NSW rep Michele Ede's 3000m mark by 10 seconds, but was nipped by Ballina's Paige Single (10.45) in a thriller.

Single went on to win the 5km Challenge at the Gold Coast Marathon.

Leshay will now focus on the NSW Cross-Country at Eastern Creek on July 31 along with training partners Charlotte Dance-Wilson and Grace Lawson (both TRSDP members), Zoe Heiniger, Alex and Petrina Geeves, Cheyenne O'Brien and Ava Cormack.

Fellow Border Striders April Niclair and Erica Anania will race the Queensland titles at Toowoomba on July 26.

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