Chantelle US bound
By GREG WHITE
THE first time Chantelle Barnett ran a cross country race she wore high-heel sandals and finished third.
"Nobody told me the race was on or what to wear," she said while training to run in the United States during September.
"I have no idea why I took to running but it's true, I love it."
Seven years after that initial outing the Year 8 student from Christian Community School has been chosen for the Australian touring party heading to Laughlin, USA, for the Mountainview Park Invitational.
The request to compete was issued following her performance in the New South Wales Independant Schools cross country event at Eastern Creek.
"Honestly, it's a mystery why they picked me to go," Barnett said modestly.
"Along with one other girl who's 13 we'll be the youngest on the trip with most of the others 17 and 18.
"My mum is coming along which will be a help as it'll be my first time out of the country and I don't know much about the place we'll visit."
Beside the Invitational meet the group will participate in a series of circuit races involving high school teams from Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California.
Barnett hasn't started training yet, simply because she has so many sporting commitments.
"Basketball four days every week keeps me busy," she said.
"I believe we'll be receiving a training program soon and I'll get onto that as the trip comes closer.
The young runner said this time she'll remember to pack running shoes in her bag.
High-heel sandals as well, but these will be for sightseeing.