Young Dunkeld athlete in running at nationals

Dunkeld runner Jacob Mibus.

Dunkeld runner Jacob Mibus.

DUNKELD runner Jacob Mibus is preparing for another national title tilt.

Jacob, 13 on Saturday, will compete in the Australian cross-country championships in Albany, Western Australia, in August.

The Hamilton and Alexandra College student won the under 14 athlete with a disability class at the Athletics Victoria all schools cross-country championships on Saturday. It was his third straight title.

Jacob, who had his foot amputated at age seven after a rider mower accident on his family’s farm, ran three kilometres in 15.27.

His father Trevor said it was a gruelling course and the time was not Jacob’s personal best.

“It was a really difficult track — a steep hill into a headwind twice,” he said. “It knocked everyone’s times.”

Jacob will soon test out a new running blade — the first of its kind in Australia.

Trevor said it was unlikely Jacob, a South West Academy of Sport athlete, would be ready to use it at the national championships.

Jacob does running training twice a week and also plays football for Penshurst’s under 16 side.

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