The Little Athletics Victoria State Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday at Lake Dewar Lodge, situated in the picturesque hills of the Myrniong region.  691 athletes from around the State descended on the venue, along with the support of hundreds of parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.   The sun was shining and our athletes were set to produce their best performance for this major event.   

First event for the day was the Under 12 Boys, participating over 2 kilometres.  The track had some challenging stages, including crossing over large poles and a tough gruelling hill climb.  Xavier Goodman crossed the line first for Bacchus Marsh in 38th position overall with Nate Sadhai next for the Marsh in 47th place.  Next up were our Under 12 Girls, represented by Elise Cook and Danielle Ide.  After a quick start, our girls gained on the field with Elise crossing the finish line in 32nd place and Danielle 49th.   The Under 15 Boys and Girls completed 2 laps of the 1500m course.  Solomon Miesen ran a consistently paced race to finish 11th overall for the boys.   Our Under 10 girls, Mackenzie Estlick and Shameka Grero both put in great performances over 2kms with Mackenzie claiming a 37th place while teammate Shameka was the 47th finisher.  In her first Cross Country season, Bridget Henthorn gained a top 30 placing, finishing her 3km event in 28th place.  In the final event for the Championships, Nicholas Ide was our sole representative in the Boys Under 9 1.5km race.  The young boys got off to a flying start with Nick sitting mid field throughout the race and maintained his position to finish in 35th place.   Well done to all athletes who represented our Centre so well on the day – you should all be proud of your achievements.

Congratulations, also goes to Melton athletes Sarah Burton (U9 41st), James Burton (U11 63rd) and to Werribee athletes Jack Mutsaerts (U11 18th) and Grace Mutsaerts (U13 32nd) who compete 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.  Special thanks to Cathy Sadhai who worked tirelessly in the weeks leading up, to ensure all items were ordered and ready for the day.  Thank you also to Paul Miesen, who once again gave up his entire day to stand out on the course as a Chief Marshal; and thanks must also go to our Centre Team Manager, Karen Bresnan 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. Everyone, your support does not go unnoticed – Well Done!!!