Alex Tyrrell finishing strong (Photo courtesy of Athletics Victoria)
We Broke out the sunnies and sunscreen for round 4 as the dry, sunny conditions made running almost a bit too hot, especially up the hill for the last time! AV changed the course in a couple of places this year, with a small extension up the hill near the end and more significantly at the back end where we were spared the full force of Mount Cooper, about 4 metres less elevation per lap than last year.
The numbers were down a little this round with enough to field two teams only. In the Div 2 Brianna Bunworth was first to finish in 34th place, in a time of 32 minutes and 34 seconds. A big improvement on Wendouree and showing that she is recovering well from the marathon. Next in was Nardine Bainbridge, Carolyn Huell and Brigitte Sneyders rounding off for the Div 2. Special mention to all the ladies of the Div 3 this week, congratulations to Di McDonald in her first individual race and PB for Brenda Cashin, Janice Hodgart (7 minutes PB) and Vana Evans. Vana’s run was particularly remarkable slicing 16 minutes from her last Bundoora time, a far cry from the shock and awe of her first time at last year’s race when she needed some coaxing to finish!
Vana and Brianna (Photos by Tania Shanahan)
In the men’s divisions we just made the three teams this round with 15 athletes, it was definitely worth me finishing this time! The big movers in this round were Dan Barlow, down from 53rd at Wendouree to 29th and Alex Tyrrell down from 125th at Wendouree to 114th, and finishing superbly to out-kick a Doncaster athlete, our direct completion in the Div2 ladder. First across the line was Callum Drake, also lifting another couple of places finishing 27th in 41 minutes and 5 seconds followed by Dan Barlow, Alistair McDonald, Michael Masseni, Alex Tyrrell and Cameron Menadue. Another significant improver on previous years was Luke Hodgart cutting off nearly 10 minutes off his previous PB. Some really great efforts all round, showing steady improvements and we should hang on to 3rd place behind Box Hill and Doncaster in Div 2, 8th or 9th in Div3 and 2nd place in Div 6.
Luke and Alistair (Photos by Stu Macaulay)
For our U20s Claire Hodgart recovered well from the Mountain running Champs a couple of weeks ago to finish 8th and a 20 second PB. In the men’s U20s we had Nathan Pearce and John Camilleri representing Western Aths and with the combination of the Dan and Liam in the Schools category and Nathan our men’s U20 was again second behind the Knox team. The boys will still be in second place and waiting to see what Knox will do at the Albert Park 10km!
All Schools State Championships
Bundoora is also the scene for the state All Schools cross country championships and as usual we had some great performances from our juniors. Best result of the day was the indefatigable Brandon Muscat winning the U14 Men’s 3km race. Liam Cashin, Daniel Dunstone and Lochy Lyness were 2nd, 3rd and 10th respectively in the Men’s U20s 8km, Sophie McMinimee 5th in the Women’s U15, Cody Shanahan 5th in Men’s U18, Ethan McMinimee and Bailey Rankin 12th and 14th resp. in the Men’s U14, Yara Taylor and Georgia Muller 12th and 19th in the women’s U14. All these athletes have given themselves a chance for selection to either the SSV or AV state teams, congratulations. Well done also to Bailey Sharp, Emma Stankic, Thomas Glover, Rachel Evans, Jackson Glover, Robert Weitsz, Matt Hussey, Kirk Shanahan, Patrick Bradfield-Smith and Matthew Schaumberg, mostly finishing in the top half or better in their races.