The Lockyer District Athletic Club's
The Lockyer District Athletic Club's "golden girls" (from left) Hayley Reynolds, Caitlin Taylor, Annie McGuire and Madison Wells after their latest Queensland relay championships success.

Country athletes match state's relay best

ATHLETICS: The Lockyer District Athletic Club's "golden girls'' have done it again and head coach Bailey Pashley is fittingly proud.

"The difficulty we have is not having enough athletes to choose from for relay teams,'' Pashley said, overseeing a small but highly successful country club.

"We have really talented male athletes but their events and age groups restrict team entries.''

However, that didn't stop the small Lockyer club contingent from excelling at the recent Queensland Relay Championships.

A team of Lockyer club girls entered in five championship events and won four of them.

In open long jump, the Lockyer team decided to take on the older women.

Hayley Reynolds is only 15 and teamed up with Madison Wells, 16, and 17-year-old Annie McGuire in the three-person event.

All performed at their best to win the gold medal.

Similarly, Reynolds was joined by Catherine Lee and 13-year-old Caitlin Taylor in the under-16 long jump which they won comfortably.

The quartet of McGuire, Wells, Reynolds and Taylor were also eager to show their ability on the track.

Apart from McGuire, the other three stepped up to join her in the under-18 age group for the 4x100m and 4x200m championship races. In both events, their speed development proved the difference in defeating their opposition convincingly.

Pashley said the relay successes were an excellent preparation for the girls who leave for Cairns next week for the National All Schools titles from December 7-9.