This week’s Cross Country meet was held at the Myrniong Recreation Reserve. Whilst all races started in the reserve grounds, athletes exited through the northern gate, running out along Shuter Street prior to tackling the long grinding hill up Blackwood Street.

The Under 7 & 8 athletes, competing over a 1km distance, saw Angus Norman take the early lead with Harry Holland closing down the gap in the later stages of the event. With just over a 100m to go, Harry made the decisive move to take the lead and cross the finish line in first place. Annie Clarke was first across the line for the girls, finishing 3rd overall.

The Under 9 & 10’s contested a 1500m course with Harrison Lovett taking victory over a much-improved Ezekiel Horne. Myah Estlick ran a superb race and stayed in touch with the boys, to finish only 2 seconds behind the winner.

The standout performance for the weekend came from Riley Rogers who dominated the 2km event for the Under 11 and 12 athletes. In his first Cross Country season, no doubt Riley will continue to improve and will be keen to tackle the Regions best athletes, in the upcoming Region Championships.

The Open Age athletes found the hilly course challenging. Matthew Elefterescu returned to the winners list, while Oliver Carr was 2nd across the finishline. Back from injury, Elise Cook was next home in 3rd place overall, 1st female.

Melton athletes once again claimed the top 3 placegetters in the Under 6 500m event. Mason Wapshott took line honours, while Grace Bennett was close behind in 2nd place followed by Fletcher Reid in 3rd.

Next Saturday’s Cross Country meet will be held Lady Northcote Recreation Camp, Rowsley. Athletes should arrive by 10.15am for warm-up and walk of the course. First race will be held at 10.30am. Don’t forget the order of races will rotate each week.

A few reminders – athletes must compete in their Club/Centre uniform and all athletes are required to be displaying their Commonwealth Bank registration tag on the front. If athletes are cold and wish to wear long sleeved tops, these must be worn as an undergarment. Also, dogs are not permitted at any LAVic sanctioned events, this includes our weekly meets (service dogs are exempt).