Duo gains Qld call-up and have Nationals in their sights
PAIGE Willett and Layne Ivey are heating up the track.
The Rockhampton Grammar School athletes have state athletics honours in their sights this week as they join the Queensland Heat team at the Australian All Schools Championships.
Year 7 student Willett and Year 8 student Ivey will compete in the under-14 girls division in Melbourne from Friday to Sunday.
Willett will contest the U14 girls 80m hurdles and 4x100m relay while Ivey is gearing up to compete in the U14 girls high jump.
The duo qualified after medal-winning performances at last month's state championships where Willett won gold in the hurdles and Ivey secured silver for high jump.
Willett, who also represented Capricornia in the 100m, 200m, 200m hurdles and the relay at the state event, said she was hoping for a personal best performance in Melbourne.
"My aim is to get under 13 seconds for the 80m hurdles and get into the final," Willett said.
"My training has been really constant all year with hurdle and sprint sessions every week and I've also added two gym sessions a week leading into the Melbourne competition.
"I really love athletics and hurdles is definitely my favourite event. I love training with the other kids and I also like doing athletics carnivals all over the place where I get to meet up with my friends."
The Melbourne event will be Willett's third time representing a Queensland schools athletics team and next March she will travel to Perth for the Australian Junior Nationals to contest the 90m hurdles and 200m hurdles.
Ivey, who cleared 1.60m at the state titles, will also travel to Perth to contest the high jump.