After a three week break in our Cross Country calendar, due to COVID lockdowns and restrictions, competition returned this week, competing at Lake Dewar Lodge, a YMCA adventure camp set amongst the Pentland Hills of Myrniong.
This venue has a vast array of Cross Country terrain, commencing in the gum bushlands before athletes pass through a tunnel to head out on to the flats of the camp oval. Athletes then tackle a short sharp climb, to run out over the hill tops, then returning back into the bushlands.
This week’s meet had a theme of Crazy Socks with Darley Bakehouse spot prizes presented to athletes.
The Open Age athletes were first up this week, taking on the challenging 3km event. The race commenced with a 500m loop before heading out over a 2km course. Unfortunately, early leaders took a wrong turn which saw Mackenzie Estlick and Sam White fight it out neck and neck over the final 500m. A sprint finish saw Mackenzie crossing the line first, pipping Sam by the narrowest of margin – .05 secs. James Burton not far behind, crossed the line next to claim 3rd place.
The Under 9/10 athletes, competing over 1500m, quickly strung out with Ezekiel Horne taking the early lead. Ezekiel led from start to finish while Melton’s Balreaet Kaur Mann was next home with Myah Estlick leading the way for the girls finishing 3rd overall, 1st girl. Braxtyn Affleck-Rowe, Mace Patterson and Roman Deagan continue to improve with all recording their fastest times this season.
A small field of runners contested the Under 7/8 1km event. Harry Holland recorded his third consecutive win while the ever-improving Anni Clarke who continues to close the gap on the leaders, this week finishing in 2nd place. Angus Norman battled it out over the 1km to finish 3rd. Harry Johansen’s race was a Personal Best result.
The Under 6 athletes ran a 500m loop with Fletcher Reid representing the Melton Centre recording his fastest time and a personal best result of 2:15.40mins to take victory over team mate Mason Wapshott, while Bacchus Marsh’s Rylee Robinson completed the top 3 places in a time of 2:25.86 mins. Archie Clarke also recorded a PB result.
The final race for the day was the Under 11 and 12 athletes competing over a 2km distance. Gisborne’s Elijah Mashall was an early leader but a well-paced race from Riley Rogers saw him sprint to the finish and dipping at the line to take line honours over Elijah while Patrick Lovett crossed the finishline in 3rd place.
There will be a venue change for next week’s meet – we will now be competing at the Bostock Reservoir, Ballan NOT Rupert Vance Moon Reserve (Market Gardens) as per the calendar. This change is due to the closed facilities/amenities at the Reserve’s car park.
Athletes are reminded they should arrive early enough each week to walk and familiarise yourself with the course. Under 9-16 athletes should not rely on rabbits, as these will not be provided at Regional/State events and cannot always be guaranteed to lead the way at home runs. Athletes must also be wearing their Club uniform with Commonwealth Bank registration tag – this is a compulsory Little Athletics Victoria requirement.