Athletes travelled down the Western Highway to Ballan to compete in this week’s BMLAC Cross Country meet.
Courses were set out in the Caledonian Park grounds situated along the Werribee River.
Another nice day greeted 74 competitors and the flat fast course saw many athletes record PB’s.
The Open age athletes raced first, over 3km’s. Gisborne athlete Ben Van Emmerik led from start to finish, in a dominate performance, running 11.06 mins, while Sam White crossed the line next to place 2nd. Tamara Henry was the first female across the line in a time of 14.02.06 mins.
The Under 11 & 12 athletes were next up competing in the 2km event. Elijah Marshall, representing the Gisborne Centre, took line honours while Riley Rogers ran a well paced race to finish in 2nd place, Patrick Lovett was next home in 3rd place. Melton’s Mataya Leetham was first home for the girls in a time of 8.13.14 mins.
Lenny Closter produced another strong performance in the Under 9/10 1500 metres event, once again claiming victory in a time of 5.51.31 mins. Ezekiel Horne finished in 2nd place while Melton’s Balreet Kaur Mann was 3rd across the line – first female athlete home.
The Under 7 & 8 athletes competed over 1km. Angus Norman took the win in a time of 4.03.69 mins with Anni Clarke next across the finish line, followed by Melton athlete Harry Wark in 3rd place.
The final race for the day was the Under 6 athletes competing over a 500m distance. Melton athletes took the top 3 placings with Mason Wapshott first across the line, while Fletcher Reid and Grace Bennett battled it out for the minor placings. Rylee Robinson was the first Bacchus Marsh athlete home.
Next week’s Cross Country meet will be held at Myrniong Recreation Reserve, behind the Myrniong Primary School. Warm-up at 10.15am, first race to commence at 10.30am.
Directions: Take “Myrniong” exit off the Western Freeway. Turn right and travel on Old Western Highway into Myrniong (approx. 2.6km). Sharp right turn into Hardy Street. The run starts in the Recreation Reserve on the left, however, please park cars outside the Reserve along Hardy Street