BUNDABERG'S Brenton Thiele, Christian Devon and Scott Latter each confirmed their great potential by winning medals at the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships in Brisbane.
The titles were contested at the University of Queensland Athletics Complex at St Lucia, and Thiele, of Shalom College, snared his second national medal, claiming silver in the under-16 boys' 200m hurdles.
He missed another medal by a mere .01sec when a very close fourth in the 100m hurdles, but Bundaberg State High School duo Latter and Devon each brought home two medals.
Latter took silver in the U16 boys triple and long jumps, while Devon took second in the U14 boys 90m hurdles and was also a member of the silver medal winning 4x100m relay team.
All three are coached in running by Bundaberg Athletic Club sprints guru Robert Hooper but Thiele also coaches Devon for hurdles.
Thiele was pleased to record a 1.2sec personal best (PB) in the 200m, clocking 25.26sec to improve on his bronze at the Australian championships in March and get closer to Victorian Matthew De Bruin, who won the All Schools title for the second year in a row after Thiele was also selected in the team last year but did not go.
"I thought I would be fighting it out for third - also I was half a second in front of third, the kid who got second in March, and my 100m time of 13.48sec was also good," Thiele said.
"Our next big goal will be the Australian junior championships in Sydney, where I will run in the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles, which I have already qualified for."
After winning his maiden state medal last month, it was the first national competition for Devon, and he too was delighted to achieve a .40sec hurdles PB with his time of 13.25sec.
"I was beaten by a New South Wales boy but beat the Queenslander who won the state title, Darcy Roper, of Deception Bay, so that was good," Devon said.
"I will try for the 100m hurdles and 200m hurdles at the nationals." Latter said he recorded PBs in his two medal winning performances with 6.59m in long jump and 13.79m in triple jump but he fell short of gold by 3cm and about 15cm respectively.
"But I knew I could jump a bit further in long jump, so I was a bit disappointed," Latter said.
"I didn't train that much because I didn't think I would do that well, but now I will train for the nationals in March."
The 15-year-old has only returned to full-on competition this year after missing two years due to injury but before that, he said he won the long jump in the Pacific School Games as a year 7.
"Our next big goal will be the Australian junior championships in Sydney"
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