LAUNCHING AHEAD: Taylah Curley will put her discus to good use in practice.
LAUNCHING AHEAD: Taylah Curley will put her discus to good use in practice. Keagan Elder

Seniors cross the finish line at Little Athletics

THE end of the athletics season made a dream come true for 17-year-old Taylah Curley.

She returned from the State Championships in Brisbane with a bronze medal in her pet event, the discus.

Taylah threw 29.37m at QSAC Stadium and accomplished one of the dreams she set out to do almost a decade ago.

"Finishing the season with a medal, it's something I have always dreamed of," Taylah said.

Taylah has thrown further training and smaller carnivals but she said the pressure of the event got to her.

"I've done 33m in training and my best in a carnival is 30.81m," she said.

Taylah's medal finish was a high note to not only wrap up the season on but her time with the South Burnett Little Athletics Club too.

She said she was a little sad to leave the club as she prepared to finish her last year of school and look to go to university, where she hoped to study sports science.

Taylah started at the club eight years ago as a 100m sprinter.

But she soon found she had a knack for the discus after she was picked for the Wide Bay team in Year 5. From there she progressed to become a Queensland junior medallist.

READY, SET: Adrian Webster is focused on beating his times in the 800m and 1500m he ran at the state championships.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
READY, SET: Adrian Webster is focused on beating his times in the 800m and 1500m he ran at the state championships.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Taylah was joined on the medal list by Adrian Webster who also won a bronze at the State Championships but in the 1500m. Adrian, 17, finished his event in 5min 5.3sec.

In spite of this medal winning time, Adrian said he could go faster.

"It was pretty ordinary," he said.

"I normally do 4min 30sec."

Adrian prefers the 800m but he did not do as well as he hoped in Brisbane after he finished in 2min 18.06sec.

"I ran a good first lap and then I just faded off in the second lap," he said.

"Next season I was to run 2min 4sec in the 800m."

Adrian said he would have to train a lot harder if he is reach this target.

He will now turn his efforts to cross country to stay in shape over the winter season.

Adrian said most cross country runs are 5km but at state level increase to 6km.

Like Taylah, Adrian will also move on from the South Burnett Little Athletics Club but said he would continue to compete in Queensland Athletics competitions.

State Championship results

  • U9 Zoe Lumsdale: 15th in 700m walk (5min 0.75sec PB)
  • U10 Joshua Freeman: 6th in high jump (1.15m); 7th in 60m hurdles (10.92sec PB)
  • U10 Lillyanna Thompson: 26th in 60m hurdles (13.94sec)
  • U11 Jericho Pogany: 18th in long jump (4m); 10th in triple jump (8.5m); 4th in 400m (1min 6.77sec PB); 2nd in 800m (2min 30.42sec PB); 3rd in 1500m (5min 3.25sec PB)
  • U11 Harrison Weil: 17th in long jump (4.05m); 20th in high jump (1.2m); 12th in 100m (14.94sec PB); 11th in 200m (30.74sec PB); 6th in javelin (25.3m PB)
  • U11 Paige O'Connor: 9th in 1500m (5min 50.05sec PB); 12th in 800m (2min 51.77sec PB)
  • U12 Abbey Kapernick: 11th in long jump (4.39m PB); 6th in high jump (1.35m); 5th in 60m hurdles (10.49sec PB)
  • U12 James Watt: 21st in 400m (1min 10.66sec PB)
  • U13 Kirsten O'Connor: 7th in 1500m (5min 19sec PB); 14th in 800m (2min 40.45sec PB)
  • U14 Macey Roberts: 5th in 1500m (5min 17.38sec); 6th in 800m (2min 36.58sec)
  • U14 Bree Pogany: 7th in 80m hurdles (14.47sec PB); 3rd in 400m (1min 2.8sec PB); 13th in triple jump (9.49m PB); 4th in 200m hurdles (31.5sec)
  • U16 Meg Roberts: 5th in 1500m (5min 10.32sec); 6th in 800m (2min 36.58sec)
  • U17 Taylah Curley: 6th in 100m (14.74sec); 3rd in discus (29.37m); 5th in shot put (8.9m)
  • U17 Adrian Webster: 6th in 200m (24.56sec PB); 8th in javelin (37.98m); 3rd in 1500m (5min 5.3sec); 4th in 800m (2min 18.06sec)
The age champions and runners-up show off their silverware at the South Burnett Little Athletics break up. Paige O'Connor was absent.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
The age champions and runners-up show off their silverware at the South Burnett Little Athletics break up. Paige O'Connor was absent.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Age Champions

Senior age champions

  • Adrian Webster
  • Bree Pogany
  • Austin Jensen (runner-up)
  • Kirsten O'Connor (runner-up)

Intermediate age champions

  • Jericho Pogany
  • Paige O'Connor
  • Harrison Weil (runner-up)
  • Abbey Kapernick (runner-up)

Junior age champions

  • Cooper Weil
  • Ryan Mollenhaur
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Zoe Lumsdale
  • Georgia Kapernick
  • Chelsea O'Connor
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