HIGH ACHIEVERS: Jacob Kent, Alex Waterworth and Katie-Lee Jansick competed in the state athletics championships last week in Brisbane.
HIGH ACHIEVERS: Jacob Kent, Alex Waterworth and Katie-Lee Jansick competed in the state athletics championships last week in Brisbane. File

Stanthorpe trio win medals at state titles

ATHLETICS: For a little town we sure do punch above our weight in sport.

The latest case came last week at the Queensland Track and Field State Championships at Brisbane's QE2 stadium.

Out of the five from Stanthorpe who attended, three landed on the podium.

Stanthorpe thrower Darius Jansick won 10 years shot put and discus. His sister Katie-Lee Jansick was second in 12 years shot put.

Stanthorpe runner Jacob Kent pulled off an incredible come from behind story to go from fifth in 11 years discus, to second place with his last throw of the competition.

His throw beat his personal best, reaching 32.87 metres.

"It felt really good,” Kent said. Asked if he was nervous ahead of his final throw, he confidently says: "No, not really”.

He's "not sure” if he has Commonwealth or Olympic Games aspirations, but one thing is certain, he, along with the Jansick siblings, are off to the national titles in Darwin on September 19-23.

"A big thanks to the teachers and coaches involved through the local school sports and the Granite Belt Little Athletics. Also Nathan Rogers and Susan Bright,” Jacob's dad, Dan Kent said.

"It was very exciting to watch as parents.”

Alex Waterworth and Braylen Harvey were the other two competitors.

In the 800m Waterworth finished 21st in the state and also placed 21st in the 1500m.

"Not a bad effort as he'd been very sick,” his mum, Marina Waterworth said.

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