A TALLY of 9605 points put Eaglehawk's Jorja Morrison at the top of all-female scores in this season's Athletics Victoria Shield League action.
Jorja won the under-16 category run across the nine completed rounds of AVSL in metro and country zones.
The strength of women's competition in Flack Advisory Services Group-backed Bendigo Region was reflected in the AVSL standings.
Seven stars from Bendigo Region clubs won or achieved a top three placing in their age group.
Jorja Morrison took out the under-16s, Hawks' clubmate and super-veteran Kathryn Heagney won the 65-plus class, and Laura Kadri and Leah Langtree were third in the under-20 and 40-45 years categories.
South Bendigo's Carol Coad and Joan Self were number one in the 55-59 and 60-64 divisions.
Monique Gavriliadis from Bendigo Harriers led the under-18s.
For Jorja Morrison and many athletes the AVSL is a chance to build on the "team aspect" of track and field.
Jorja's consistency in every round was a key to her success.
"My main events were 100m, 200m and long jump, but there were other events I was keen to try," said Jorja.
"I was surprised to have finished number one, but also extremely proud.
"There was consistent improvement each week.
"My goal was always to do my best, and have fun."
Both were key factors in her success and also for Eaglehawk which led the division two standings after 10 rounds and has earned promotion to premier division for the 2021-22 campaign.
For Jorja, key goals for next season are to lower personal bests of 12.82 in the 100m, 26.98 in the 200m, and 4.95m at long jump.
The 15-year-old is in the Terry Hicks-coached squad and has great support from clubmates, and her parents, Nicole and Shaun.
Jorja's start in athletics began through school carnivals with Holy Rosary Primary School.
"The great thing about athletics is working hard to achieve something," Jorja said.
There is no let-up across winter as Jorja will take to the footy field with White Hills under-16 girls.
Main positions for the Demons are in midfield or at centre half-back.
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