On Friday 16 October at St Joseph's Nudgee College, a small but enthusiastic team of athletes represented Brisbane State High School in the 12 Years age group. Each of our competitors took the opportunity to compete in several events. Our State High team comprised Year 7 students Lachlan Anning, Zane Taylor, Sam Curtin, Eli Murray, Robbie Piutau, Jetrin Sangjitphun, Jett Snow and Alexander Woodrow. The best performances of the day were from Robbie who achieved first place in Discus (37.84m) and second place in Shot Put, as well as Jetrin who achieved third place in the 100m and 200m.
State High 12 Years team at the GPS Junior Track and Field Championships
On Friday 23 October, Brisbane State High achieved fourth place in the GPS Senior Track and Field Championships. It was a very close battle all day with 20 points between State High and Nudgee College (third place) at the finish, behind Brisbane Boys' College (second place) and Ipswich Grammar School (first place). There were many outstanding performances, with several State High students achieving personal bests in their chosen events. Benjamin Guse (GPS Track and Field Captain) led by example with an outstanding nine events with nine personal best times and distances; a future Australian decathlete in the making. For Toshi Butlin (Year 10), the feat of winning four individual events—including both track and field disciplines—was a phenomenal performance that ranks near the top as one of the greatest ever by a State High athlete. Our 13 Years team emerged age champions and our 14 Years team achieved second place.
State High GPS Track and Field team at the Senior Championships
Top three placings – Senior Championships
|Benjamin Guse ||First||Triple Jump|
|16 Years||Ethan Mamahit||Third||Discus|
|16 Years||Jack Crome||Third||1,500m|
|16 Years||Liam Hude||Third|
|15 Years||Toshi Butlin|
|Third||4 x 100m|
|13 Years||Josh Price|
|13 Years||Taylor Goodwin ||First||1,500m|
|13 Years||Saxon Scheffler||First||Discus|
|14 Years ||Bailey Trew ||First|
An outstanding part of the day was the 14 Years 800m. Noah Burke (Year 9) took the lead early and maintained this well into the second lap when he was contested by a Brisbane Boys' College (BBC) runner. They fought side by side for most of the straight, with the BBC student dipping his chest to win. The first two times were 2.06.80s (BBC) and 2.06.88s (State High). Noah was visibly disappointed for a very short time and then ran over to the BBC runner with open arms to congratulate him. Many teachers and coaches congratulated Noah on this most perfect display of sportsmanship. His responses were: "He is such a good competitor," and, "That was the best race I have ever lost."
Many thanks to student coaches, James Baker, Fyn Benzie, Jacob Gross (Year 11) and Benjamin Guse (Year 12) who assisted staff, Mr Matthew Langmack, Mr Lachlan Morris and Ms Vicki Goodall during the short season. We also thank alumni volunteers Genyr Diaz (Class of 2019), Trent Darbyshire (Class of 2019), Peter Crome (Class of 1981) and Adam Roe (Class of 2015); student, Joel Templin (Year 10); past parent, Mr Mark Ashcroft and teachers, Mr John Davis, Mr Glen Kranen and Mr Ben Gibson for their expertise on the day.