CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS: Kingaroy State High School's age champions display their trophies after winning their respective events at the school's cross country championships. (From back, left) Jai Dalton, Raffaella Bates, Lachlan Hurt, Natalia Philips-Petersen, Chelsea Kerr, Clayton Whitestyles, (front, left) Ashley Kempson, Marney Hurt, Simon Fairbairn, Hayley Hunter, Kate McCormack, John Macasaet
CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS: Kingaroy State High School's age champions display their trophies after winning their respective events at the school's cross country championships. (From back, left) Jai Dalton, Raffaella Bates, Lachlan Hurt, Natalia Philips-Petersen, Chelsea Kerr, Clayton Whitestyles, (front, left) Ashley Kempson, Marney Hurt, Simon Fairbairn, Hayley Hunter, Kate McCormack, John Macasaet Aiden Burgess

Heavy training schedule pays off for Ashley

THIS time, second place wasn't going to cut it.

Kingaroy State School student Ashley Kempson was first across the line at his school's Annual Cross Country event on Wednesday afternoon.

It was a runner-up finish during last year's race that provided all the motivation he needed to blitz this year's field.

"I was second overall last year and it definitely motivated me, I wanted to win."

"I train six days a week running the streets of Kumbia and this win feels like all the hard work has paid off."

Kempson's win saw him crowned 16 years boys champion as the cream of the crop of the school's long distance runners shone on the makeshift track around the vicinity of the school's grounds.

It was also an emotional afternoon for long-time attendee Peter Schultz, who presented the Daniel Schultz Memorial Shield to the 13 years boys' age champion.

Peter's son passed away in 1994, with the former Kingaroy State High School student taking out age champion for four straight years during his schooling tenure.

This year was the 20th occasion the Memorial Shield would be presented. Mr Schultz said it would also be the last.

"I think it's time to stop because the kids don't know anything about him now," he said.

"It's been an honour for the school to support us like they have, but it's time.

"The Memorial Trophy has always been given to the 13 years boys champion because that's the first one Daniel won, and that's when we found out he had the ability."

Age champions:
Jai Dalton (13 year boys), Raffaella Bates (13 year girls)

Lachlan Hurt (14 year boys), Natalia Philips-Petersen (14 years girls)

Chelsea Kerr (15 years girls), Clayton Whitestyles (15 years boys)

Ashley Kempson (16 years boys), Marney Hurt (16 years girls)

Simon Fairbairn (17 years boys), Hayley Hunter (17 years girls)

Kate McCormack (18-19 years girls), John Macasaet (18-19 years boys)

Final House Standings:
1. Palmer

2. Youngman

3. Bradfield

4. Lavarack

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