Dimity claims cross country title

FLEET-FOOTED Bundaberg youngster Dimity Norbury has continued her dominance off the beaten track to claim the Queensland Schools Cross Country State Championships title.

The Kepnock State High student, 14, blitzed the 8km Bald Hills course to finish a full 30 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

Her time of 14min 18sec was the fastest time set by a female at the carnival which featured 13-years through to 17-years age categories.

“It's the fastest time I've ever run for a course of that length so to achieve it at the State (titles) is a pretty proud achievement,” she said.

“I knew it was going to be a good time when I was running, but I didn't know it was going to be that good.”

Norbury hit the training track hard in the lead-up to her fourth appearance at the Queensland titles with her eye fixed firmly on the gold medal after placing third last year.

She trained six days a week under the guidance of coach Rob Gardner and attributes the win to a gruelling regimen of running as well as strength training.

“Winning the gold has been on my mind for a while, so to finally get there is a fantastic feeling,” she said.

“The training was hard work and pretty intense, but I like to win and I love to run so I got through it.”

Norbury will now prepare for the National Schools' Cross Country State Championships to be held at the same Bald Hills course next month.

She hopes to use her winning knowledge of the course to propel her to victory in the competition.

“I wouldn't call it a home course but I've grown pretty accustomed to it,” she said.

“I know how it's all laid out and I'm acclimatised to the weather.

“With the strength of the competition at the nationals, I'll be looking to use any advantage I can get.”

Norbury finished 12th in the competition last year and is hoping for a podium finish next month.

It's tough but if I keep training hard I think I can be pretty competitive.”

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