On the cross-country trail
FIVE students from St James Primary School at Banora Point will take on some of the best cross-country runners in NSW when they compete in the Polding Cross-Country Championships in Sydney on Friday.
The races will be at Eastern Creek in Sydney, and for Avalon Green, Georgia Cusbert, Kuepper Feehan, Mackenzie and Kade Sweeney, the competition presents a great opportunity to progress through to the NSW Cross-Country Championships later in the year.
Mackenzie Sweeney, competing in the girls' 12-year division, came first in the diocesan cross-country, while her brother Kade will contest the boys' 12-years division.
For young Avalon Green, running in the 8-9 years girls division will her first time to Sydney and is as excited about flying down to Sydney in the plane and seeing a big city as she is about competing.
Georgia Cusbert is running in the 10-years girls' division, while Kuepper Feehan is competing in the girls' 11-years section.
All the students have finished in the top eight in the diocesan championships and have been training hard for the Polding event, getting up early and braving the chilly conditions on weekends and during the holidays in preparation.
Avalon and Georgia will run a two kilometre course, while the other students will tackle a three-kilometre course.
The group has been training under the guidance of teacher Pat- rick Hay.
The Polding championships have attracted the best Catholic school competitors from western and northern NSW, with the top eight in each age division going through to the NSW titles.