Athletes from the Mid West Academy of Sport had a successful outing at the State All Schools Track and Field Championships, winning nine medals. The competition was held in Perth over November 3-5 with Geraldton athletes competing and succeeding against the best young talent in WA. MWAS coach Gary Clark said it was one of the most successful outings the academy had seen. “This was without doubt one of the best results at this very competitive competition with some outstanding results,” he said. In the under-18s 400m hurdles, Nevaeh Hill took home gold with a time of 66sec., then followed it up with a bronze medal in the 100m hurdles, clocking a time of 15.38sec. Silver medallist at last year’s national championships Ella Batten came away from this event with impressive results. Batten claimed silver in the under-18 high jump, with a 1.60m leap as well as taking silver in the under-18 100m hurdles, coming in with a time of 15.36sec. Nicole Chamberlain won gold in the open women’s division of the 10,000m race with a time of 41min. 51sec. Clark said Chamberlain had taken a massive step in her development as a distance competitor. “We had discussed and planned for some time about Nicole at just 16 transitioning to the longer track events,” he said. “This was a huge challenge and she came through in flying colours.” In the 2000m steeple chase Mid West won both the under-17 and 18 divisions, as Christi Bestry won the U17s group with a time of 8.37min. and Samaia Friesen in the U18s with time of 8.15min. Friesen went on to claim bronze in the 1500m with her time of 5.04min. In the javelin competition, under-17s athlete Wynand Neethling had a 44.69m throw to give him a bronze medal, while his discus throw of 35.81m was just 0.4m shy of a podium finish. Other Geraldton locals who competed might not have come home with medals but still put up strong showings against the State competition. Trey Horobin, 13, finished sixth in the 90m hurdles and seventh in the high jump, while 15-year-old Riley Heinrich came in seventh and eighth respectively in the 800m and 1500m. Siblings Lochie and Macey Hadley both competed in Perth in the under-14 and 15 javelin throws, placing fifth and fourth. Clark said Noah Brown had excellent results in his first competition. “In his very first track and field competition (Brown) showed he has a lot of potential as a middle-distance athlete, competing in the 400, 800 and 1500m events,” he said. The athletes will now train for selection in the WA team that will compete in nationals in Perth next month.