Students cross over to support each other at cross country champs
PARENTS of any student will remember the particular noise that emanates from a school athletics carnival - the high-pitched screams of kids cheering their mates on is something that cannot be forgotten.
The inter-house rivalry spurs the students on to victory, and in some cases achieving what they thought was impossible, but in a short space of time between the school and Bundaberg try outs they unite to form a common front.
And under a fading sun at St Luke's after the maths and English lessons were over for the day, the cross-country runners from Bundaberg high schools hit the course for the Bundaberg trials.
Teams of four runners completed the fast 2km circuit in age groups from 12 years to 18 years and it was clear when they finished their individual legs they had put in everything.
Sweat dripped from their foreheads and legs shook as they fond comfort in the cooling grass after the race and like it did at Gin Gin for the individual cross country races St Luke's came out on top.
In the boys age division races St Luke's won all but the 13 years, the team from Shalom won by 0.6 seconds in 23:08.00 to St Luke's 23:08.60, and it won all the girls age groups, in the 15 years division two St Luke's teams claimed first and second.
St Luke's won nine out of the 12 age divisions to establish itself as one of the premier athletic schools in Bundaberg to go with the three individual trophies from the cross country trials in Gin Gin - the champion junior shield, champion senior shield and the percentage points trophy.