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St Peter Chanel Catholic School’s Charli Kay has won the Tasmanian Primary All Schools Cross Country Championships for a second year running. The 12-year-old now goes on to compete in the Australian Cross Country Championships in Canberra in August. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Achievement. Twelve-year-old Charli Kay has won the 2016 Tasmanian Primary All Schools Cross Country with a time of 12 minutes and 40 seconds.

The St Peter Chanel Catholic School student has shown her skill on the course in the past, winning last year and finishing runner up the two years prior.

A determined athlete, Charli says she wasn’t as happy with her time this year as it was slower than her 2015 finish of 12:16.

“The wet conditions made it hard,” she says, but optimistically looks to next year: “I’m hoping for three years in a row now.”

Fifteen local students competed in the annual state cross country championship event, held at Symmons Plains on Wednesday June 22.

Students aged nine and 10 ran a two-kilometre track while 11 and 12-year-olds raced on a 3km course.

Tarj Willie (10:42), Blake House (10:52) and Bella Gent (11:17) competed in the 9 Years category.

Jacob Furphy (9:02), Lucas Lardner (10:07), Ryder Marthick (10:19), Olivia Gunningham (12:14), Elizabeth Edwards (11:52) and Emma Fraser ran in the 10 Years, however injury prevented Emma from completing the course.

Eli Bellinger (15:37), Lachlan Wheatley (15:14), Georgia Brown (16:20) and Jamahlea Horton (16:21) raced in the 11 Years.

Along with Charli, Aaron Lardner (15:49) and Tanner Hamilton (16:32) competed in the 12 Years.

Forest Primary School principal Peter Brown was there to support the local students on the day.

“In cold, windy conditions all students tried their best, competing against the highest performing cross country runners from across the state,” Mr Brown said.

“In some races there were over 200 competitors.”

He congratulated all students who completed the course.

“Well done to all students for trying their best and a special congratulations to Charli Kay [for her] outstanding achievement.”

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