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Lismore Little Athletics Centre athletes came home with three gold and two silver medals from the State Little Athletics Championship last weekend at Homebush in Sydney. In a championship that attracted around 1500 of the states top junior athletes, Lismores young guns provided formidable competition.

Matthew Payne won a gold medal in the Under-13 boys 400m after completing the run in a time of 55.9 seconds and then followed this up with two silver medals. The first was in the 1500m where he ran a time of 4 minutes 37.8 seconds and then the 800m where he stopped the watch at 2 minutes 14.7 seconds.

Young Nirvana Makings also picked up a gold medal in the Under-11 girls high jump after leaping a height of 1.40m while Samantha Kerr was unlucky in the same event finishing with a jump of 1.35m, the same height as five competitors, only to be placed 7th on a count back. This is the second year that Samantha has finished on the same height as an athlete that has placed in the top three, only to miss out on a medal due to the countback rules. Samanthas sister Amanda Kerr was also unlucky not to win a medal when she finished in fourth place on 1.45m in the Under-12 girls high jump.

Ruby Wheatley managed to pick up first place in the Under-14 girls shot-put with a throw of 12.20m.

The local walkers also put in good performances with Zoe Dundas finishing 5th in the Under-15 girls 1500m walk event and Madison Riley managed 10th in the Under-11 girls 100 m event. Both athletes managed personal best times on the tartan track.


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