Following the Cross Country Regional Championships which took place last Friday, three Crookwell High School runners have qualified for places in the State Finals.
Jamie Derwent, Braiden McCarten, and Levi Woods performed extremely well at Cambewarra and finished tenth, seventh, and second respectively.
What made their achievements more impressive was the size of the fields in which they competed.
CHS teacher, Belinda Maher, said that most of the races featured between 40-60 kids, and some were as large as 70.
The students struggled with the conditions, which were unexpectedly hot and humid.
"I was talking to Levi's older sister, and she said he was [exhausted] afterwards but really excited," Maher said.
Maher was particularly effusive in her praise of Brayden and Jamie.
"I think it's awesome to hear Brayden and Jamie being in Year 12 that they're still pushing in their sport," she said.
"I think it's awesome that the older kids are showing it's okay to keep trying and be competitive."
It is especially pleasing for Maher that CHS, which has fewer students to draw from, is still competitive at high-level competitions.
The State Cross Country will take place on July 26 at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek.