LAKE Bolac College student Tom Kinley, 12, is on track to running success after he competed in the primary and secondary school cross country finals.
The competition was held on July 18 at Bundoora Park in Melbourne.
Tom was the only student from the college to compete, and he ran in the 12-13 years boys 3 kilometre primary schools section.
Tom completed the 3km course in a time of 11 minutes and 27 seconds, which placed him 43rd overall out of 96 competitors.
Tom beat eight runners who had defeated him at the Greater Western Region competition, which his teacher Roger Flanner said was in itself "a remarkable achievement."
"His time was only 63 seconds off first place," he said.
"His commitment, self-sacrifice, enthusiasm and determination to succeed had to be seen to be believed.
"Tom had been training three lunchtimes a week since the beginning of term two, running in PE classes and at home as well to prepare for this opportunity at state level.
"Tom also won the Black Ranges section and was 12th, which was the final qualifier, at the Greater Western Region event to earn the right to participate in the state finals."
Tom said he enjoyed it. "I like the long distance events because you have lots more time and it's really relaxing when you run," he said.
"And it keeps you fit."
Tom said he wanted to be a sports scientist or an Olympian when he grew up, but for the moment enjoyed mathematics, physical education and running.
He also said his biggest run to date was an eight kilometre stretch, after which he felt "tired."
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