Ballarat's Harry Sharp won the boys 2000 Metre Steeplechase at the under-18 Australian All Schools Championships.
Australian All Schools Championships in Perth, Western Australia, earlier today.
The-16-year-old won the race in a time of 5:55.74, to finish ahead of South Australia's Riley Koneeny in Perth on Froday.
Western Australian Jaco Jansen van Rensburg finished third.
Sharp, who lead for the majority of the race, made a decisive move at the sound of the bell, which signalled the the final lap.
Surging ahead, the Ballarat athlete extended his lead down the back-straight, outpacing his rivals on the way to a comfortable win.
Sharp, is a member of the Federation University WestVic Academy of Sport and is coached locally by Nev Down from the Wendouree Athletics Club.
Sharp will now recover ahead of his second and final race for the meeting which is the Boys 1500 Metre Run Under 18 race on Sunday.
Executive Officer of the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport Corey Saitta said he was thrilled for Sharp.
"Harry possesses outstanding character, he is a genuine person who is committed and disciplined," he said.
"Despite recent successful results he remains humble and unassuming and is determined to continue to work with his coach and support network in order to continue to learn, grow, develop and improve even further.
"We couldn't be happier for him".