WEEROONA College's Iliesa Sevudredre is aiming for faster times in the hurdles races he contests this track and field season.
The 15-year-old achieved a personal best of 14.99 seconds as he won gold in the under-15 100m hurdles final at the School Sport Victoria state track and field titles.
He smashed his previous best of 15.50 in his first individual final at SSV state championships level.
A year 9 student at the White Hills-based college, Sevudredre put in a month of intense hurdles training to prepare for what was a successful hit-out at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park.
This season is just his second in track and field.
The Brett Gilligan-coached athlete has improved greatly in his favourite events - hurdles, 100m and high jump.
Sevudredre joined the Bendigo Harriers through Weeroona College's building stronger links program.
"Doing track and field helped a lot with my winter sports," said Sevudredre who plays soccer with Epsom and rugby union with Bendigo Miners.
"Athletics is a lot of fun.
"I have made a lot of friends," he said of training throughout the week and then Saturday's competition at the La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Flora Hill.
"The goal is to improve as much as I can and beat personal best times or marks."
He will be back at LUBAC this Saturday racing in the 4 x 100m at AB's relay championships.
A major goal for the talented teen is the Victoria Country track and field titles on the Australia Day holiday weekend at Ballarat's track.