Rheed in top class with four gold
RHEED McCracken shone in a galaxy of Bundaberg stars at the 2010 Queensland Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships that concluded yesterday.
After bagging four gold medals at last year's National Primary Schools titles, the Bundaberg State High School student, whose biggest goal is the 2012 Paralympics, matched the feat at state level on the hallowed turf of QEII Stadium.
Wide Bay Athletes With a Disability (AWD) team manager Josh Nugent, also of Bundaberg High, said McCracken beat all comers in the boys 13 years 100m, 200m, 400m and the discus.
Angela Clissold, of Kepnock, claimed dual gold, in the AWD girls' discus and 100m, and also collected two silver medals.
Penny Haapakoski, of Gin Gin, also shone to secure dual gold with big wins in the girls 18-19 years discus and javelin.
She hurled the discus 39.87sec and launched the javelin 35.82m.
It was business as usual for multiple national champion and an Australian representative at the World Junior Championships in Canada a couple of months ago, Taryn Gollshewsky, of Kepnock.
As expected, she grabbed gold in her best event, the girls 17 years discus with a throw of 48.69m, a massive 12.74m further than runner-up Tiarna Lesa, and she also gained bronze in shot put.
Brenton Thiele, of Shalom College, improved on his silver in the boys 13-15 years 200m hurdles with a glorious gold in the boys 14 years 100m hurdles yesterday.
David Fulton, of Bundaberg Christian College, was unable to add another gold to his day one win in boys 16 years high jump.
But he brought home a second medal with bronze in triple jump and narrowly missed a third medal when a close fourth in long jump
Fulton's younger brother Matthew picked up gold in his only event at the meet, the boys 15 years shot put.
Emily Gray, of St Luke's Anglican School, also performed brilliantly to be the joint silver medallist in the girls 13 years high jump, clearing 1.53m to miss gold by a mere .03m.
Bronze medallists from Bundaberg included Cody Stibbards and Tyniah Thomson.