Gold rush continues for athletes

Medal winning athletes Georgia Hamilton, Rebecca Greiner, Nathaniel Edwards, Nikita Taylor, Rhys Lu and Jane Lester.
Medal winning athletes Georgia Hamilton, Rebecca Greiner, Nathaniel Edwards, Nikita Taylor, Rhys Lu and Jane Lester. Mike Knott

DAVID and Matthew Fulton and Rheed McCracken continued an outstanding week for Bundaberg athletes at state championship level, each claiming gold at the Secondary Schools titles at QEII Stadium yesterday.

It continued on from the Primary Schools event in Townsville which concluded on Saturday.

There, Rebecca Greiner and Nikita Taylor each bagged gold, while Jane Lester picked up silver, Nathaniel Edwards racked up four bronze, and Georgia Hamilton and Rhys Lu collected one bronze each.

Jayden Court, of Eidsvold, also medalled, snaring silver.

Yesterday was a red-letter day for the Fulton brothers, of Bundaberg Christian College (BCC).

After claiming bronze in the high jump at the 2008 titles then finishing in a four-way tie for first last year before being placed fourth on a countback, David celebrated his maiden state title in the 16 years boys division with a clearance of 1.94m.

It was below his PB of 2m but his coach Jim Stephensen said he had one attempt at that but he then withdrew him from it because he was sore and he wanted to save him for his triple and long jumps.

Matthew followed in his footsteps with a throw of 15.63m in 15 years boys shot put, while Rheed McCracken, of Bundaberg High, beat all comers in AWD boys 400m.

Greiner, of St Luke's, and Taylor (West) gleamed gold in the 11 years girls' 800m and discus respectively, while Lester (Norville) was second in the 12 years girls shot put with Court runner-up in the 10 years shot put.

Edwards, also of BCC, achieved bronze came in the AWD 10 years boys 100m, 200m, long jump and shot put, with Hamilton (St John's) and Lu (Woongarra) medalling in the 10 years girls long jump and 12 years boys 200m respectively.

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