Strength in numbers
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
Girls leading the way as runners head for cross country titles
A long and distinguished history of excellence in cross country running at Macksville High School is about to have another chapter added on Friday.
Gosford Racecourse will be the scene of the state's all schools championships and the students from Macksville once again look likely to put on a strong showing.
According to teacher and team manager Denis Forbes, this year's contingent is the strongest team to represent the school since he took over the reins of the team in 1991.
"Numbers wise we're very well represented," Mr Forbes said.
"There's almost twice as many students going to state as there were last year.
"We're sending along two teams of girls and they're both very good."
One of the teams, the under-17 girls, is actually going to the state finals for the fifth consecutive year and includes Aleisha Perry, who last year won three gold medals from her team and individual events.
Another two Macksville students expected to do well individually in the younger age groups are Ellie Fuller and Jack Mitchell.
While other schools from the area will also be represented, Macksville consistently perform very well in cross-country running.
What is the school's secret?
"I'm not really sure there is a secret," Mr Forbes replied.
"Cross country is part of the PDAP/PE program that the students do, so they do cross-country there.
"It's also compulsory for the students to do Cross Country in the school carnival each year.
"A lot of the kids train outside of school as well."
Team members: Meleena Barwick, Therese Borg, Vanessa Chapman, Heylee Cummings, Tannaha Edmunds, Ellie Fuller, Elizabeth Grant, Aleasha Hennessy, Ashlee Holden, Allison Johnston, Emily McPherson, Jack Mitchell, Aliesha Perry, Tia Perry.