Byron student wins NSW All-Schools 800m
MIDDLE-distance running ace Marlie Campton has celebrated her World Schools Cross-Country selection with victory at the NSW All-Schools 800m in Sydney.
Binna Burra's Campton, who won last year, sensationally defeated Australian junior champion Chloe Walters in a thrilling 15 years final.
The Byron Bay High student took a major risk by running three lanes wide to pass the leaders at the 400m mark, reached in a swift 63 seconds.
Campton held off several challenges down the home straight to prevail in a personal best 2mins 10secs.
The Border Striders' squad member was just two seconds outside Olympian Lisa Corrigan's NSW record as well as the world youth qualifying standard.
Campton's younger sister Brianna went one better, winning the 800-1500m double in the 12 years division.
Her times of 2.21 and 4.53 were also PBs and qualified her for the Junior Nationals back in Sydney next March.
The win caps a big couple of months for Marlie Campton who will compete for Australia in the World Schools Cross-Country Championships in Northern Israel next year.
Woodlawn College's Cara Feain-Ryan also starred with her PB 10m 35s in the 14yr girls 3000m.