On Saturday morning Cross Country athletes travelled to Lake Dewar, Myrniong for week 4 of competition.

In the first event for the day, Under 9 & 10 athletes competed over 1500 metres. The course consisted of a 1km loop around the campgrounds, finishing off with a 500m loop. Bacchus Marsh athletes Joshua Askew (U10), Auden Sundqvist (U9) and Anni Clarke (U10) all notched up their fourth wins for the season. Emilia Ibrahim (BM) ran a well-executed race to be the first Under 9 girl to cross the finishline.  Harry Johansen (BM) continues to be the big improver and again produce a magnificent run, taking another 10 seconds off his PB.  Evelyn Grant (BM) is another athlete to show much improvement and was rewarded this week with a PB.

Melton’s Under 8 athlete Fletcher Reid, who enjoys a challenging course, recorded an impressive victory in the Under 7 & 8 combined 1km event running a time of 4:23.19 mins. Atlas Ferreira (BM) and George Jacobson (BM) were 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Boys Under 7 placings went to Chayse Johnson (Melt), Angus Jacobsen (BM) and Hayden Tung (BM).  While for the Under 8 girls, top 3 placings were recorded by Millie McClure (BM), Daisy Pickett (BM) and Elouise Evans (BM) and the Under 7’s placings went to Arijana Brown (BM), Mckinley Wilson (Melt), Sehaj Kaur Tamber (Melt).

The Under 6’s enjoyed their run amongst the gum trees prior to running through a tunnel then heading out along the camp oval.  Jude Brody-Wall (BM) claimed the win in a PB time of 2:18.27 with Melton athletes Sahib Cheema 2nd and Ryder Reid 3rd.  For the girls, Zyah Cameron (Melt) was a clear winner ahead of Bacchus Marsh athletes Poppy McClure 2nd and Millicent Johansen in 3rd.  Paige Foley continues to improve, recording another PB time this week.

The Under 11 and 12 athletes completed 2 laps of a 1km course. While Under 12’s Ella Preddy (Melt) continues her unbeaten form, this week we welcomed back Zeke Horne (BM) and Iyla Robinson (BM) who both won the Under 11 events.  Chord Wilson (Melt) improved on his previous performance from last week, reducing his PB by over 20 seconds.

The final event for the morning saw Open age athletes competing over 3kms. The athletes found the gruelling hill challenging, having to attempt the climb 3 times throughout the event. Melton’s Jujhar Tamber showed his strength over the final kilometre and recorded another good win.

Next Saturday’s meet will be held at Bullengarook Reserve, walking the course at 10.15am.