The Little Athletics Victoria State Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday at YMCA Lake Dewar Lodge, situated in the picturesque hills of the Myrniong region.  710 athletes from around the State competed on the day and were keenly supported by family and friends.  Many athletes recorded personal best performances, with medals being presented to the top 3 placegetters in the age group along with the top 3 teams across each event.

First event for the day was the Under 12 Boys, competing in the 2km event.  James Burton was our sole representative in this event and finished the race in 61st position. Next up was the Under 12 Girls, with Emma Stewart proudly representing the Centre.  Over a tough gruelling course Emma crossed the finish line in 51st position.

Our Under 11 girls, Mackenzie Estlick and Anna Seymour both showed grit and determination over the 2kms.  Mackenzie claimed 29th place with Anna finishing in 51st position.  Under 11 athlete Oliver Carr, also competing over 2 kilometres, ran a consistently paced race to place 58th overall.

Oliver Quick, in his first Cross Country season, put in a solid performance over the 1500m course and finished strongly to place 23rd in the Under 10 event.  Meanwhile, Patrick Lovett continues to improve each week and will benefit from his experience at this level of competition for future races.  Well done Patrick on placing 37th in the Boys Under 9 1500m event.

Centre Captain Solomon Miesen competed in his final Little Athletics event and should be extremely proud of his performance.  Solly ran a well-controlled race and put in a commendable performance claiming his first State medal.  Solly finished in 3rd place for the Under 16 3km event.

In our final event for the day, the Under 13 girls were represented by Elise Cook, Danielle Ide and Tansy Seymour.  Elise sat in the mid field for much of the race and crossed the finish line in 26th place. Danielle Ide was next across the line for the Marsh in 38th with Tansy Seymour finishing not far behind in 41st position.  The girls placed 7th in the team event.

Well done to all athletes who represented our Centre on the day; you should all be proud of your achievements.

Congratulations, also to Werribee athlete Grace Mutsaerts who placed 30th in Girls Under 14. Grace competes in our weekly Cross Country meets at Bacchus Marsh.

Many thanks to all those Committee members and parents who helped out with the running of the BBQ for this event.  Thank you also to Paul Miesen, who once again volunteered to stand out on the course as a Chief Marshal; and thanks must also go to our Centre ‘Relief’ Team Managers, Shane Cook and Gina Vasquez who ensured our athletes were ready and in marshalling on time.  Finally, a big thank you to all those who came and supported our kids.