NATIONAL GLORY: Gympie long distance running talent Jack Curran (above main) runs to victory at the National Cross Country Titles late last year. (Inset) Shaun Lee dominates the field during a Zone Athletics Carnival at Albert Park. Both runners are headed to Sydney next week in the hunt for medals.
NATIONAL GLORY: Gympie long distance running talent Jack Curran (above main) runs to victory at the National Cross Country Titles late last year. (Inset) Shaun Lee dominates the field during a Zone Athletics Carnival at Albert Park. Both runners are headed to Sydney next week in the hunt for medals. Submitted

Curran, Lee have eyes on nationals

FORMER Gympie long distance champion Jack Curran will be joined by 2009 Sports Star of the Year nominee Shaun Lee at the National Athletics Titles in Sydney next week.

The pair will be competing in two gruelling events, including the 3000 and 1500 metres.

Curran, who attends boarding school in Brisbane, will compete in the Under-17 Boys while Lee, a James Nash State High School student, will compete in the Under-15 Boys.

Both long distance runners attended the Gympie and District Sportsmen’s Association 2009 Sports Star of the Year Awards dinner and presentation at the civic centre last weekend.

Gympie State High School running coach Keith Brown said both competitors had good prospects ahead of competition in Sydney.

Brown said while Curran, who had claimed national gold before, was an obvious favourite, Lee also was deserving of high expectations.

“Shaun has improved so much in the last 12 months,” Brown said.

“His times are pretty close to what Jack was running at his age, so that’s a very encouraging sign of just how far he has come along.”

When asked about his trip to the nationals at the Sports Star of the Year Awards, Lee said his approach would simple.

“I am just going to sprint the entire race and go hard,” he said.

The pair qualified for the nationals after blitzing state competition.

Gympie Times


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