The year round track and field program had yet more success on Monday, 5 December as the School had an intermediate and senior team competing in the National Schools Knock-out final in Brisbane. With the senior team travelling as the number 1 ranked team in NSW, there were high expectations for the boys. They did not disappoint with a number of excellent performances, from amongst others, Myalls Paterson and Josh Davies in the 1500m and Scott MacLennan in the javelin and high jump.
Scott’s performances were all the more impressive as they came after he had been representing NSW in the National All Schools competition the day before. With the sprinters William Owen and Oscar Cowie in particular, hitting good form in the 100m and 200m confidence was high as the day progressed – as the first set of results was printed, Knox sat in second position. The afternoon 400m races saw the powerful Queensland schools dominate against some very tired Knox boys going into the final event of the day – the medley relay. With sound baton changes and some very determined running, the Knox team was in fifth place out of six when Josh Davies took over for the 800m leg.
Two laps later Josh was breathing down the eventual winner’s neck in what was a remarkable run at the conclusion of the day. In the intermediate team there were also some excellent performances that bode well for the future of track and field at Knox, Jack McArdle’s hurdles at the beginning of the day demonstrated how technically proficient he is becoming in such a challenging event.
In what was perhaps the highlight of the day, Carl Williams showed his immense talent in the 800m running against athletes two years older than him; he was not daunted in any way and recorded a three second PB. All boys involved, both past and present, can be very proud of their efforts and as always, their behaviour was a credit to themselves and the School.