Matthew Rankin.
Matthew Rankin. Contributed

South Burnett athlete to give his all at race

CROSS COUNTRY: Matthew Rankin is giving his all at training before he takes the start line at the state cross country championships in Maleny during the first week of August.

To prepare for this year's championships, Matthew, who lives at Blackbutt, has been been competing in the six series of cross country races held across eight weeks at various locations on the Sunshine Coast.

He set new records at three of the venues competing in the under-18 category and also records for the open class.

He won the series overall for U18s, taking home a trophy for his efforts and a $200 voucher.

At Nanango State High School cross country Matthew set a new track record, breaking the record set in 1983.

He then went on to set another new record at the South Burnett cross country titles.

Matthew is looking to repeat his result from last year when he competed in the state championships for the first time and took out his division 30, seconds ahead of second place.

He then advanced to the national school boys championship and crossed the line in fifth place.

Matthew exceeded expectations in 2017 when he competed at the state athletic championships for the first time in 2017.

He went on to run personal best times to win two bronze medals at the Queensland School Sport track and field titles in Brisbane in the 1500 metres and 3000 metres.

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