Jacob Lawrence will represent Queensland in athletics and polocrosse in 2012.
Jacob Lawrence will represent Queensland in athletics and polocrosse in 2012. Gerard Walsh

Jacob runs and rides for state

JACOB Lawrence wants to break two minutes for the 800m when he represents Queensland in the Australian Youth Championships in athletics in Sydney in March.

The Scots PGC College student will represent Queensland in both athletics and polocrosse next year.

Having two sports has its advantages, but events do clash.

Lawrence was offered development trips to New Zealand in January in both sports but has chosen a two-week tour to the South Island and three meets in athletics.

This year, he won the 400m/800m double at the TAS Sports in Brisbane before finishing third at under-15 level in both events at the state championships.

He was hand timed at 11.6 seconds for the 100m at the Warwick All School Sports but reckons his best chance of doing well is in longer events.

Lawrence enjoys the 400m and 800m equally and has improved 12 seconds in the 800m since linking with Toowoomba-based coach Neil McCoy.

"It would be a career highlight to make a final in Sydney in March, even run a personal best and break two minutes in the 800m," he said.

After he first played for NSW at national junior level polocrosse while living at Moree, Lawrence is now part of the Warwick club and played for Queensland in the 2010 nationals in Ballarat.

He is in the state open junior team for the April 23-29 Barastoc National Polocrosse Championships in Warwick next year.

In polocrosse, he is versatile but has mainly played in the number one position (shooter) since he has been on his new horse, Summer.


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