Athletes returned to Lady Northcote Camp, Rowsley for Week 8 of Cross Country. Although a winter sport, we have been thoroughly spoilt with the weather, and Saturday morning did not disappoint. The calm conditions and sunshine, made for another superb day of racing.
First up this week were our Under 11 & 12 athletes, completing 2 laps of a 1km course. Once again Riley Rogers took the early lead, controlling the pace over the first kilometre. The second lap saw Riley open up a substantial lead to cross the finish line 1st in a time of 8:29.57 mins. Patrick Lovett & David Elefterescu had a great tussle through the entire race with David nudging ahead in the later stages but Patrick’s distance running experience saw him out-sprint his opponent over the last 200m to take 2nd place, David finishing 3rd. Mataya Leetham (Melton), Austin Shea and Scarlett Thompson claimed the top 3 positions for the girls. Troy Cabuenas (Melton) recorded a personal best result over the 2kms.
The Under 6’s lined up next, ready to compete over 500m. The enthusiasm and excitement from our junior runners is a delight and all athletes continue to improve with each race under their belt. Top 4 runners all recorded PB’s this week – Fletcher Reid 1st (Melton), Mason Wapshott 2nd (Melton), Rylee Robinson 3rd, Hendrix Wake 4th while Gisborne’s Olivia Callister, finishing 6th overall, also set a new Personal Best time.
The Open Age athletes completed 3 laps of the course, covering a total distance of 3km. While Matthew Elefterescu notched up another victory, Sam White produced an outstanding race to finish 2nd with the ever-consistent Mackenzie Estlick 3rd overall, 1st female.
In the performance of the day, Anni Clarke claimed her first win for the season. Anni’s persistence and hard work over the season has paid off. Each week she has closed in on the boys and a break-away sprint to the finish saw her rewarded this week with a 4 second victory. Under 8 athlete, Angus Norman placed 2nd followed by Melton’s Harry Wark (Under 7) next across the finish line, placing 3rd overall. Evie Grant was the first Under 7 female home with Piper Richards and Cindy Hawken claiming the minor placings for the Under 7 girls.
The final race of the day saw a large field of Under 9 & 10 athletes competing over a distance of 1500m. A fast start saw many in the field try to hold on to the early leaders which took its toll in the later stages. The strength from Lenny Closter saw him claim a convincing win in a time of 6:08.61 mins. Zeke Horne was next home with Melton’s Balreet Kaur Mann crossing the line for 3rd place – 1st female. Special mention to James White who was the only athlete to record a PB’s over the distance.
Next week’s meet will be held at Egan’s Reserve, Greendale commencing at 10.30am. At the conclusion of races families are welcome to head across the road to the Greendale hotel for lunch.