Cooper Stable athletes impress on track

Marcus Cooper was happy with the squad's performances. Picture: Peter Pickering

Marcus Cooper was happy with the squad's performances. Picture: Peter Pickering

Ararat’s Cooper Stable has started its athletics season in a positive way with some strong results at the Terang Gift on Sunday.

Coach Marcus Cooper said he was happy with how the group performed at the meet.

“The group went really well,” he said.

“We had Jess Byrnes, Mia Robb, Gretel Fennell and Eugene who had their first run and went really well.”

It was not just the new faces who performed well with some of the more experienced runners from the group also putting up some impressive results.

Angus Burns finished the 120m final in third place while Tom Walker continued his strong track form winning both the 800m and 1600m finals.

Zoe Nicholson was not to be outdone, as she went on to win the 300m.

Cooper said the fact it was the first major event for most of them was pleasing to see such strong results so early in the season.

“Considering we have not done a lot of training, pretty happy with where they are at at this stage of the season,” he said.

“We are still building into the season, the senior guys are stronger now and have been running for a few years now, so can put in stronger performances earlier in the season which is good.

“We will maintain what we are doing, it is obviously working so we will continue to do that then build up towards the end of the season.”

The squad will now turn its focus to the next event at Northcote on Sunday.

Cooper said he is hopeful that a bigger group will travel to the event with only a handful remaining before Christmas.

“Paddy Turner was in Adelaide for the Cricket, so he should be back,” he said.

The event will be at the Waverley Athletic Club.