Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Smith's ready to take on Australia's best

Aiden Smith collected two medals at the Victorian Junior Track and Field Championships last month and now he has his sights set on making the top eight in the javelin and triple jump at the national titles.

HANNAH DRISCOLL March 12, 2014 4:05am

Aiden Smith won two medals at the Victorian junior championships and will compete at the national championships this week.

Aiden Smith finished on the podium in his two favourite events at the Victorian Junior Track and Field Championships last month in Melbourne.

Now he has his eyes set on the nationals.

Smith, 13, will head to Sydney in the coming days to compete at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships at Olympic Park in Sydney.

The championships run from today until Sunday. Smith’s events, the under-15 triple jump and javelin, are on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

Smith finished third in the Victorian junior event in the under-15 javelin with a throw of 36.99m, which was not quite his personal best, but he said he was throwing a heavier javelin than usual.

Smith did smash his PB on the way to claiming second in the under-15 triple jump with his last jump of 11.42m.

His previous best was 11.16m, which would have secured him fourth place.

Smith said he was ‘‘pretty surprised’’ to have placed in both events, but when he landed his triple jump he knew it would be his best performance to date.

This is the first time for Smith at the nationals and he said he was excited to be going.

‘‘Just to get into the top eight in both events,’’ he said would be his goal this week.

More than 2000 young athletes are entered to compete in more than 300 events.

Among the other Goulburn Valley athletes entered are Zoe Boldiston (under-18 5km race walk and under-20 10km race walk), Emily Lawson (under-20 400m, 200m), Daniel Lawson (under-15 400m, 800m), Chloe Robertson (under-18 hammer throw), Kiara Catania (under-18 400m hurdles), Caitlin Hawks (under-20 400m hurdles), Gabriella Hill (under-15 javelin) and Liam Schreck (under-16 200m hurdles, triple jump).

Smith said he had been resting and only doing limited training because of sore knees, which he had carried for some time.

There will be little time to recover after the nationals, with the Little Athletics Victoria State Championships in Melbourne on March 29.

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