Young running stars gain rep spot
FORGET the glitz and glamour of the sprint events, Murgon's Clare Adcock and Nick Schmidhauser are long-distance runners at heart.
The St Joseph's students have qualified to compete for Wide Bay in the 3km event at next month's Queensland Primary School State Titles Cross Country in Cairns.
The long-distance specialists qualified for the state titles after terrific runs at the recent Wide Bay trials at Murgon State High School.
Adcock finished second and Schmidhauser fourth in the 3km event, as they competed against the Wide Bay region's top distance runners.
Their top five-finishes clinched their spots on the representative squad and the pair felt great to have the chance to represent Wide Bay for the first time.
"It's a rather large area and I'm really proud of myself," Schmidhauser said.
Adcock was also proud to make her Wide Bay running debut.
"It's the first time I've ever made Wide Bay in a team and I didn't know I could get this far due to not making it last year," she said.
"I gave a lot more effort this year."
Both young runners enjoy long-distance running due to their strength in stamina over speed.
Adcock found the endurance aspect her running forte.
"I'm not that quick but I have good stamina and I'm lot more relaxed running long distance," she said.
Adcock explained the qualities needed to be a successful long distance runner.
"It's having mental strength and not giving up and also doing a lot of training," she said.
Schmidhauser agreed with the sentiments of his fellow Wide Bay squad member.
"It's definitely stamina and training plays a big part, you've just got to believe in yourself," he said.
The Wide Bay debutants were looking forward to testing themselves in Cairns against the state's best long-distance runners
"I've never been to Cairns and it will be a pleasant change from the weather," Schmidhauser said.
"I'm just looking forward to running against better runners than myself."
Adcock was pumped up to take on the top quality field she would face in Cairns.
"I'm looking forward to getting to run against the state champions and represent Wide Bay for the first time," she said.