Realistic ambitions, high achievements for happy Reeves
BATHURST athlete Caitlin Reeves has enjoyed a golden summer on both the track and field, but will go on to face her biggest test to date at the national junior championships next month.
At the NSW Junior and Youth Championships, Reeves scored an unprecedented third place in the under 16s girls 100 metres to qualify.
Having earlier in the year scored a gold at the Country Championships in the 90 metres hurdles, she goes on to the pinnacle meeting now for her two pet events.
“I did expect to not make it in the final, but when I did it was such a relief to finish and get a good place,” she said.
“Again, I’ll just be trying to not come last. Both of them are my favourites.”
Reeves has not just achieved success in her two best events either.
She came very close to qualifying for the triple jump with a fifth placing at state level and also scored a bronze at the regional championships in javelin earlier this month.
Over the country, regional and NSW championships, she has walked away with six gold, two silver and two bronze medals. Her third place in the NSW 100 metres, though, will be just as treasured, if not more so, than any others.
At the NSW Championships on Saturday, February 8, Reeves was fifth in her heat and eighth quickest overall after her 90 metre hurdles heat in a time of 14.18 seconds. She went sixth fastest in the final with the exact same time.
On the Sunday, Reeves got first in her 100 metres heat in 13.05 seconds, giving her the fourth fastest time after the preliminaries.
She managed to better that time to 13 flat and also managed to retain her place of fourth, and now holds the title of being the fastest runner in the state for her age outside of the metropolitan area.
Those results put her a long way ahead of her aim of not coming last.
For all her competition across many athletic disciplines, Reeves never feels that the workload drags her performance down.
“I like doing a bit of everything. It seems to be good,” she said. “Training is hard and the weather’s not very good for it. Little As has definitely helped me, though.”
Reeves recently broke two centre records in Little Athletics for javelin and triple jump, adding to a growing list of achievements.
Reeves has to compete in the under 16s for state representative events despite being two years below that.
Because of the state-level’s age system that only goes up in increments of two, Reeves has had her work cut out for her to even get to state level.
Her mother Sue says her daughter’s commitment to her training and her determination makes all her achievements no surprise.
“She works hard and she deserves everything she gets. It was her first year in open NSW athletics and her goal was to go there and not come last,” she said.
“The smile on her face at the end of it all was wonderful.”
Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre is the stage for the nation’s highest level junior competition and the event is now less than three weeks away.
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