With her last individual race as a school student, 400m runner Bendere Oboya claimed the NSW Combined High Schools title.
The 17-year-old Youth Commonwealth Games gold medalist said she treated the event like a training run, running the heat in 62.93 seconds, before winning the final in 56.00.
The win in the final was by more than two seconds.
“It felt really different to last time around but now a year later, it was like a training day because that’s how I race,” the Pendle Hill resident said.
“I took it really easy and focused on my technique and took control of the race at the 200m.”
Eyeing off a spot on the Commonwealth Games team, Bendere is focusing on the tough qualifying season ahead.
At the time of writing, three Australian’s – Morgan Mitchell, Anneliese Rubie and Bendere – have run times under the Games’ qualifying time of 52.70 seconds with rival Ella Connolly just outside at 52.72.
Bendere said she was turning her focus on qualifying for the Games on the Gold Coast next April.
“Last year I didn’t really have a goal until after nationals and I didn’t really see the whole picture before,” she said.
“But I think I will go back to the old Bendere and just go out and run my own race. It’s how I like to run, with a clear mind.”