Under a beautiful yet unforgiving Northland sun, the region's secondary schools converged on Trigg Sports Arena in Whangārei for the Northland secondary schools athletics championships on Thursday.

Northern Advocate photographer Michael Cunningham was there to capture the future stars of Northland athletics in action.

Otamatea High School's Amyee Sheppard shows some flair in her 2000m steeplechase final in front of fellow schoolmate Sophie Gribble. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Otamatea High School's Amyee Sheppard shows some flair in her 2000m steeplechase final in front of fellow schoolmate Sophie Gribble. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Sunniva Hunt from Tauraroa Area School left everyone in the dust in her 200m heat. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Sunniva Hunt from Tauraroa Area School left everyone in the dust in her 200m heat. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Jenna Johnston, left, from Whangārei Girls' High School leaps over the hurdle followed by Leela Brown from Kaitaia College. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Jenna Johnston, left, from Whangārei Girls' High School leaps over the hurdle followed by Leela Brown from Kaitaia College. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Kerikeri High School's Jamie Doubleday tears away from the rest of the pack in his 200m heat. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Kerikeri High School's Jamie Doubleday tears away from the rest of the pack in his 200m heat. Photo / Michael Cunningham