After a 2-week break from Cross Country, due to Lockdown 5.0, our athletes were keen to get back into running.

The State Championships, previously scheduled for Saturday, were postponed due to COVID restrictions, therefore we rescheduled our meet at Greendale to Saturday morning.

The sun shone across Egan’s Reserve as our athletes contested the winding courses around the parklands.

The Open age athletes were first race for the day, contesting 3 laps of a 1km course.  Matthew Elefterescu led out for the first kilometre but was quickly pulled in by Elise Cook with Mackenzie Estlick not too far behind.  In the early stages of the second kilometre Elise hit the front, upping the pace while Mackenzie remained in touch, overtaking Matthew at the 2k mark.  The final kilometre was a great race with Mackenzie nearing closer to Elise; overtaking her with 400 metres to go.  Mackenzie held on to claim her first overall win for the season in a PB time of 12:05.35mins.  Oliver Carr in 4th place also recorded a PB for the 3kms.

The Under 9 & 10 athletes competed over 1.5kms. Lenny Closter and Gisborne’s Tally Redfern had a great battle for the entire race, with the lead continually changing.  In the later stages of the race Lenny was too strong and went on to claim a 6 second victory.  Balreet Kaur Mann (Melton) was again outstanding, producing a PB time of 6:13.18 mins to remain undefeated for the girls.  Braxtyn Affleck-Rowe, Xavier Smith, Ben Wooding, Logan Simons, James White and Melton athletes Rajkamal singh Virk and Louisa Christians all recorded Personal Best results.

The next race up for the day was the Under 7 & 8’s, racing over 1km.  Athletes took off with a fast start. Earlier leaders Harry Holland, Harry Wark (Melton), Anni Clarke and Angus Norman held a substantial lead by the halfway mark.  The fast pace saw Angus drop off the leading pack.  Harry Holland & Harry Wark opened up a lead over Anni and ran neck and neck for the remainder of the race.  A sprint finish saw Harry Holland take the win in 3:57.39mins – 1 second ahead of Harry Wark – both boys recorded PB’s for their run, as did Anni Clarke.

Rylee Robinson produced an outstanding performance in the Under 6 500m with a clear victory over the field, in a PB time of 2:14.08 mins.  Melton’s Mason Wapshott was 2nd overall, 1st boy home while Club team-mate Divgett Kaur Mann was next home in 3rd place.  Hendrix Wake produced another Personal Best result and will be keen to start his first track & field season.

The final race for the day was the Under 11/12’s competing over 2kms.  Once again Riley Rogers was unstoppable, recording a dominating performance to take the win – over a minute ahead of his competitors.  Lachlan Simons was 2nd across the finish line in a PB time.  Lachlan has thrived over the longer distances and will be one to watch in the coming track season in the distance races.  Mataya Leethan representing Melton was 3rd overall, 1st girl in another consistent performance.  Imogen Lidgett-Egan and Allyson Currall (Melton) both recorded PB’s.

Next week’s Cross Country meet we will return to Bostock Reservoir, Ballan.