FLYING HIGH: Jonty McDougall clears 1.80m during training for the upcoming Darling Downs trials.
FLYING HIGH: Jonty McDougall clears 1.80m during training for the upcoming Darling Downs trials. Sam Flanagan

Juniors locked and loaded

Athletics: A few of Dalby's brightest prospects in track and field are fit and firing ahead of the upcoming Darling Downs athletics trials.

Training under the watchful eye of coach Chris Coman, the team gathers three times a week in preparation for the event.

Harry Coman, Eliza Bradford, Jonty McDougall, Gabby Banks, Chris Banks and Jack Gibson are all focused on achieving personal best results.

You could say their coach, who teaches at Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, is expecting big things from his squad.

"I'm happy with the quality in the stable (laughs),” Coman said.

"They're all really good kids, and they are great students, they work hard at school.”

Coman said the best quality of his team was they did not shy from adversity.

"Athletics is an old, traditional sport. You've got nowhere to hide like in a team sport; you either run fast or jump high or you don't.”

Harry Coman is hoping to back up his stellar effort at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships earlier in the year and once again qualify for Queensland in the 110m hurdles.

Teammates Bradford and McDougall will both be in hot pursuit of the qualifying height in high-jump, an event they have both only recently taken up. Bradford, a dancer, and McDougall, an AFL and basketball player, have transitioned seamlessly into high jump thanks to their athletic backgrounds.

Gibson and Gabby and Chris Banks will compete in running events. The trials will be held in late August.


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