In blustery, warm conditions, Western Athletics kicked off the XCR 2013 season in fine form. From a pool of 64 athletes we fielded 18 teams, all finishing the course without a hitch and many teams at the top end of the competition. The men's divisions all finished in the top third to half of the teams competing, with our Division 2 finishing 5th out of 13 teams and led out by Jack Rayner, completing the 6km course in 18'41" and the fastest Div 2 time for the day. Our women's division 2, 3 and 40+, had a solid start with a couple of standout individual performances from Mel Desira completing the 6km course in 24'31" and Carolyn Huell, in 24’44”, with a 10 second stop in the middle!! Special thanks to five of our junior athletes for providing some great runs to bolster the Open Men’s and Women's teams; Under 20 - Jack Rayner and Under 18 - Daniel Dunstone, Liam Cashin, Lyndon Le and Hayley Burke.
In the Junior’s 3km races there were many great team results, underpinned by the some fine individual performances. Nathan Pearce completing the 3km course in 9’08”, fastest of the under 18 men, Matthew Hussey the fastest in the under 14 men (10'38") and Sophie McMinimee second fastest in the under 14 women (11'16"). Amongst the junior teams, many medals were won this year and it is looking good for our U14 men’s team again. Gold for Men’s U14, Silver for Men's U18 and Women's U14 and Bronze for the Men's U16 and Women's U20.
Full results are now on the AV website:
Phil Dunstone – XCR Team Manager