Week 7 of the BMLAC Cross Country season saw athletes from Bacchus Marsh, Gisborne, Melton and Werribee return to Myrniong Reserve for their weekly competition.

The forecast of rain, hail and even snow thankfully did not eventuate.  Although chilly, the wintery sunshine seemed to take the edge of the cooler conditions.

The Under 9 & 10’s were first race up this week and athletes tackled the 1500m course.  A long grinding hill mid race always puts runners to the test at this venue. Ezekiel Horne recorded another victory while Myah Estlick ran a superb race to place 2nd.  Melton’s Balreet Kaur Mann continues to improve and finished in 3rd place with a narrow 3 second gap.

The Under 11 & 12 athletes were scheduled to race next.  Riley Rogers was the early leader, although Gisborne’s Elijah Marshall remained in contact with Riley throughout the majority of the 3km event.  A late surge from Elijah saw him narrowly pip Riley on the line to claim victory in a time of 8:19.55 minutes.  David Elefterescu ran one of his better races for the season to take out 3rd place.  Melton’s Mataya Leetham’s endurance continues to improve each week, taking the win for the girls and remaining undefeated this season.

The Under 6’s competed over the shorter 500m loop.  Fletcher Reid recorded his second win for the season crossing the finish line in a time of 2:31.02 minutes.  Rylee Robinson finished strongly to place 2nd while Archie Clarke was next home to finish 3rd overall.

The open age athletes, competing over 3kms, completed 3 laps of the 1km course.  Matthew Elefterescu proved too strong up the uphill climbs and notched up another win for the season.  Oliver Carr was next across the finish line while Elise Cook looked in control throughout her race, finishing 1st for the girls, 3rd overall.  James Burton and Tamara Henry put in solid performances while Werribee’s Grace Mutsaerts and Gisborne’s Tiffany Keane pushed each other over the majority of the course with Grace pulling away in the later stages of the race.

The final event for the day, we witnessed the Under 7 and 8 athletes contest the 1km course.  Under 7 athlete Harry Wark, representing Melton LAC, showed outstanding strength, opening up a substantial lead on the hill to finish in a time of 8:19.55 minutes ahead of Angus Norman in 5:02.56 mins.  Anni Clarke was the first girl home with Scarlett Wake 2nd and Evelyn Grant 3rd.

Next week we will return to Lady Northcote Camp, Rowsley.  Warm up at 10.15am, first race at 10.30am.

Reminder – State Cross Country entries close tomorrow, Monday 5th July at midday.