TWENTY-ONE Wimmera students have qualified for the School Sport Victoria Combined Cross Country Boys and Girls State Finals at Bundoora on July 17.
Athletes qualified after competing at the Greater Western Secondary Cross Country Carnival at Hamilton on Friday.
Twelve students qualified in each age group.
Two Wimmera athletes enjoyed wins – St Brigid’s College student Aleesha Robertson in the 17-20 years girls section, and Stawell Secondary College’s Tom Walker in the 14 years boys section.
Another Stawell student, Natasha Reading, recorded a third-placed finish in the 15 years girls section.
Wimmera state qualifiers
9-10 years girls: Ellie Meagher, St Arnaud Primary School.
9-10 years boys: Brodie Pope, Horsham West Primary School.
11 years girls: Jesse Bligh, Ararat West Primary School; Hailey Puls, Horsham West Primary School; Ella Walsgott, Horsham Primary School.
11 years boys: Darcy Reid, Birchip P-12 College; Ben Hobbs Horsham West Primary School.
Boys 9-12 years athletes with disabilities: Sabian Panozzo, Holy Trinity Lutheran School.
13 years girls: Tarlie McCartney, Holy Trinity Lutheran School; Jasmine Talbot, Horsham College.
13 years boys: Sean McKenzie, Warracknabeal Secondary College.
14 years girls: Mikah Hughes, Horsham College.
14 years boys: Tom Walker and Josh Kelley, Stawell Secondary College.
15 years girls: Natasha Reading, Stawell Secondary College; Maddie Forcoul, Horsham College; Shae-Lea Fischer, Nhill College.
16 years boys: Mark Polycarpou, Dimboola Secondary College; Gary Alderson, Stawell Secondary College.
17-20 years girls: Aleesha Robertson, St Brigid’s College; Ashley Davis, Nhill College.