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Runner seals last-minute victory for Bundaberg North

TROPHY HAUL: North Bundaberg State School students celebrate winning five trophies at the inter-school athletics championships. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
TROPHY HAUL: North Bundaberg State School students celebrate winning five trophies at the inter-school athletics championships. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

IN ATHLETICS the difference between winning and losing can be a fraction of a second - hearts can be broken and dreams come true in the numbers behind a decimal point.

When Bundaberg's primary schools gathered for the inter-school athletics carnival there was no less drama than when Sally Pearson waited on the track at the London Olympics to find out if she won gold in the hurdles.

The defending champion, Norville State School, thought it held on for back-to-back overall wins, but a Bundaberg North runner produced a performance that rivalled some of the great sporting theatres.

Norville sat on top of the standings on 99 points with Bundaberg North on 97.5 with only the boy's 13 years 800m final to be run, and after winning his heat Trent Potter had the chance to win the Coca-Cola Trophy for his school.

Trent bolted to a great win in a time of 2:45.05, claim three points for his school, and steal the overall trophy from Norville's keeping. Trent also won the long jump with a distance of 4.40m.

With hundreds of competitors on the track and in the field there were chances for records to be broken, but for another year the best from the past will stay untouched.

Some athletes came close to breaking an old record while others didn't, Chontae Zunker's 13 year girl's shot put mark hangs on for another year. In 1995 Chontae was first with 10.08m and this year Tiana Paulson from Bundaberg East threw 7.35m to take first place.

One of the closest events where a record was nearly claimed was in the nine year boy's 80m, Norville's Jayden Black clocked 11.86, just outside J Brown's 11.55 which he set in 1997.

The oldest record in primary school sport remains unbroken, M Hodgkinson's 1977 time for the 12 year boys 100m of 12.50 will stand for another year after Bundaberg North's Thomas Walker was first in 13.15.

The carnival served as the selection trials for the Bundaberg team to compete at the Wide Bay titles in Maryborough on August 27.

2014 Trophy winners

Ball games

Section A: Avoca

Section B: Bundaberg North

Section C: Burnett Heads

Owen Hills Trophy: Bundaberg North

Athletics

Section A: Norville

Section B: Bundaberg North

Section C: St John's

Percentage trophies

Section A: St Luke's

Section B: Bundaberg North

Section C: Coral Coast Christian School

Athletics finals

Open boys: Norville

Open girls: Woongarra

Overall points: Bundaberg North

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