LOCKED in battle to see who would jump highest at the Bororen and Boyne Valley Sports Day, Kane Otto, Alex Wicks and Ben Wardell clapped and cheered each other on.

The trio of Bororen State School students could have fiercely competed.

Instead, they kept hoping and urging each other to go higher.

The act of sportsmanship was due to the closeness of the boys, who in a school of only 40 kids have developed quite a bond over the years.

Plus, Ben and Alex did not believe they could keep up with the taller, long-legged Kane.

"We knew Kane would be the last one standing," Ben laughed, having won the 12-years division.

"My highest was 105cm and I thought someone else was going to beat me, but I got 107cm today."

Kane went on to set a record for the second year in a row, reaching 121cm high, 11 above last year's mark.

It was well above his goal.

"I was happy to jump 115cm," he said.

"But we were encouraging each other, that helped me."

Alex was the unlucky runner-up in the 11-years division to Kane, improving his personal best by four centimetres to 109.

He is only in Year 5, so will get his chance for glory again next year when Kane has moved on to high school.

"That is if I am here, I might be going to Boyne Island," he said.

"I beat my best, but I will have a big challenge next year."  



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