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Team primed for big meet

A team of 41 young athletes from the Eastern Goldfields Little Athletics Centre will be competing at the first day of the Little Athletics WA Country Championships in Albany today.

The athletes will square up against country teams from across the State, with age groups ranging from under-six to under-17.

The centre is hoping to build on the success of last year, when a team of just 36 returned with a 100-medal haul.

The centre held its last meeting before the competition last Friday and there was a clutch of athletes hitting form at just the right time.

Six-year-old Mariah Mereyato set a personal best in the discus throwing over 10m and eight-year-old Amber Rodan improved on her best distances in discus and long jump.

Tahnee Zorzi set a personal best in the under-10 discus and Emerson Donnelly and Chloe Butler also had PBs in the under-11 discus.

Taylan Turner in the under-13 division is showing a lot of promise in the high jump and long jump in her first season at EGLA and is expected do well.

Zinzan Clark and Corey Hansen, both under-nines, and Christian Hansen in the under-10s have been consistent and performed well in the build-up to the event.

Jake Tucker and Jayden Schmidt, both under-12, have been working hard and are aiming for success at the championships.

Siblings seven-year-old Ellessia and six-year-old Cruz Newland performed particularly well on Friday.

Although they will not be competing this weekend, Ellessia managed a PB in the high jump, discus, 100m and 200m, winning all four in her age group.

Cruz notched up a PB in vortex and shot put.

The team will be led by 13-year-old Tyzreise Clark and 15-year old Shaan McCrorie, who have both impressed this season.

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