MOUNT Gambier High School emerged victorious when Penola High School hosted the 70th SE Secondary Schools Sports Association Interschool Athletics Carnival last week.
Hundreds of students representing schools from Bordertown, Grant, Millicent, Mount Gambier, Naracoorte, St Martin's Lutheran College and Tenison Woods College converged on the Penola High School oval to compete in various sporting events in hope to claim the championship shield.
In perfect weather conditions the day went as planned with all events running smoothly.
Sportsmanship was clearly evident among the competing schools as students vied for a winning place.
Mount Gambier claimed the shield by the narrowest of margins, on 634.5 only half a point ahead of Bordertown on 634.
Final results for the day were Mount Gambier High School 634.5 points; Bordertown 634 points; Tenison Woods College 593 points; Naracoorte 484.5 points; Grant High School 379.5 points; Millicent High School 361.5 points; St Martin's Lutheran College 322 points; and Penola High School 308 points.
The Most Improved Shield went to St Martin's Lutheran College with an increase of 45 per cent from last year.
Age group champions were: U14 - Mount Gambier High School; U15 - Bordertown High School; U16 -Bordertown High School; Open - Mount Gambier High School.
Record breakers: Rachael Hines (U16 Javelin), Darcie Kuhl (U14 Shot Put), Roxy Anderson-Gibson (U16 Shot Put), Jakob Opie (Open Discus).
Penola High School sports coordinator Simone Combe reflected on a big day for the school.
"A lot of work went into the organisation of the carnival, so it was excellent that the weather was very kind to us," she said.
"The day was very enjoyable and it was great to witness some fantastic displays of athleticism."