Wimmera junior athletes shine at state championships in Bendigo

HIGH ACHIEVERS: Horsham’s Anna Bush, left, and Tara Jasper, third from left, competed at the Athletics Victoria 2015 Victorian Country Championships in Bendigo. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRSEVERAL Wimmera juniors startedthe year with a bang at the weekendat the Athletics Victoria 2015 VictorianCountry Championships inBendigo.

Anna Bush, Darcy Edgerton, TaraJasper, Nina Denham, Bella Adamsand Laura Hutchins all competed,with some taking home gold medals.

It was the first major competitionfor Bush since she suffered a hipflexor injury near the end of lastyear, but she showed no ill effects.

Bush won the under-18 girlstriple jump and 100-metre hurdles,placed second in long jump andwas third in the 100 metres.

Horsham athletics coach RickyPrice said it was a good return forBush, who jumped 11.40 metres towin the triple jump and 5.24 metresin the long jump.

He said the performance helpedsettle Bush’s nerves after a shortinjury layoff.

Another confidence-boostingperformance came from TaraJasper, who won the under-16 girlshigh jump and long jump, whilefinishing second in the 100 metres.

She also competed in the shotput and 90-metre hurdles.

Jasper will join Minyip’s DarcyEdgerton inMoe at the weekend forthe Little Athletics state multi-eventchampionships.

If they are successful the paircould represent Victoria at thenational multi-event championships,like Bush and Edgerton’solder brother Andrew did in 2014.

Price said Jasper’s solid performanceat the weekend would holdher in good stead for the multieventchampionships.

‘‘They are the first gold medalsTara has won at state level, which isreally good,’’ he said.

‘‘It is definitely a confidenceboost to her. She’s on track to dowell at the weekend.’’

Edgerton had a successful weekendof his own, coming first in hisfavoured javelin event.

He raced in the boys under-16100 and 200-metre races withoutplacing.

Laura Hutchins won the under-20 hammer throw and blitzed thefield in discus to win two goldmedals.

A wrist injury prevented BellaAdams from making much of animpact in either the under-16 discusor shot put, but Price said shewould be better for the experienceof competing at the country championships.

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