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Rockhampton sprinter out to defend 100m title

TRACK QUEEN: Kelsey Mann is practising her sprint starts ahead of the Queensland Secondary Schools Athletics championships next weekend.
TRACK QUEEN: Kelsey Mann is practising her sprint starts ahead of the Queensland Secondary Schools Athletics championships next weekend. Allan Reinikka Rokaathleti

SPEED is at the forefront of Kelsey Mann's mind this week as she prepares to contest the Queensland Secondary School Track and Field Championships.

The talented Glenmore State High School sprinter joins about 130 athletes from Capricornia at the state event where she aims to defend her 2013 100m title.

Mann's sprinting campaign got off to a great start last weekend when she reigned supreme at the Athletics North Queensland Championships in Townsville to clinch first place in the 100m and 90m sprints before finishing second in the 200m.

Mann said she hoped to emulate the success at the Queensland Championships in Brisbane from October 22-26.

"I'm defending my 100m sprint title in Brisbane," Mann said.

"Hopefully I'll do well; I did a good time at the Athletics North Queensland Championships last weekend and won there so hopefully I can do it again.

"I won the 100m, the 90m which is 100 yards; I won both of them last year and again this year and I got second in the 200m.

"I'm competing in the 100m and 200m at the state titles."

Mann will have to watch out for Cairns rival Kayla Montagner who she said was in top form heading into the championships.

"Kayla Montagner beat me at ANQ in the 200m and will be my main competition; she was pretty good in the 100m as well but I just got it so it will be close," Mann said.

Mann hoped a strong performance at the championships would secure her a spot in the Queensland team to contest the Australian Championships.

"If I win or place second I qualify for the Australian Championships in December," she said.

"I went last year for the 100m and placed fourth in the final and sixth in the 200m which was a pretty good feeling. Hopefully I'll get to nationals and make the finals again."

Mann said great results at the Australian Championships were the next step in her dream of one day running for Australia at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

"I started running when I was three years old. I was driving past the running track with my parents one time and saw the kids running so I asked if I could try it and I've just stayed with it since then," Mann said.

"I love running and the competitions are fun as I get to meet new people. Hopefully I can race competitively and one day run in the Commonwealth Games and Olympics."

QLD SCHOOL ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

October 22-26 at Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre in Brisbane

-130 competitors from Capricornia

-Four days of track and field events

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