Sunbury athletes will be out in force at the Little Athletic Victoria state track and field championships this weekend.

Sunbury Little Athletics Centre has had 14 athletes qualify for the event following their results at the Northern Metropolitan region titles last month.

Five Sunbury athletes won gold at the regions to automatically qualify for the state championships.

Overall, Sunbury won six gold, 10 silver and seven bronze at the regions, with 26 athletes competing.

Elias Kahsay claimed gold in the under-14 boys 800 metre and 1500 metre events. Kahsay won the state title in the under-13 boys 800 metres last year.

Jameson Haxby won the under-11 boys triple jump event. He finished third in the long jump and fourth in the 200 metres to also qualify for the state championships in those events.

Natalie Arbanas won the under-9 girls 60 metre hurdles and will compete in that event and long jump at the state championships.

Abbey McDonald will compete in the under-14 girls javelin, 400 metres and shot put, after winning a gold and two silvers at the region titles.

Liam Joyce claimed gold in the under-9 boys 70 metres and will compete in that and the 100 metres and 200 metres at the state championships.

Nine other athletes qualified for the state championships based on their times and distances at the region titles.

Brianna Mastin will compete in the under-11 girls 100 metres, 200 metres and high jump, Michael Sparks will compete in the under-13 boys 1500 metre walk and 200 metres hurdles, and Robert Sparks will compete in the under-13 boys shot put and high jump.

Amelia Haxby has qualified for the under-9 girls discus and shot put, Riley Coughlan will compete in the under-11 1100 walk, Ashlea Thies will compete in the under-14 girls javelin and discus, Hugh Tighe in the under-15 800 metres and 1500 metres, while Georgia Stepanoski will compete in the under-13 girls javelin and Maddison Vowles in the under-12 girls 200 metres.


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