With the amount of rain and showers in the lead up to round 2 the course was surprisingly firm and dry for the most part with only the ditches being muddy, which most of the ladies seemed to find! Perhaps some jumps coaching will be in order before next year! This year the start was adjacent to the finish line which added at least couple of hundred metres compared to last year’s races. So don’t be too disappointed with your times, we all had to run a bit further and for those down the back it was a bit congested in the lead up to the hill.
In the open women’s 4km race we had three athletes in the top 50 which will give good points for the Div 2. Tracy Douglas was first of the ladies in 23rd place in a time of 16 minutes and 9 seconds followed by Nardine Bainbridge, Rochelle Kennedy and rounding out the div 2, and first of the 40+, Carolyn Huell. There were 12 ladies competing so we will receive team championship points in Div2, 3 and 5 and in the mix there were lots of 40+ ladies, enough to fill two 40+ teams.
Carolyn leads our 40+ women running along side Rochelle and Nardine (Photo by Stu Macaulay)
For the men’s 8km race we had three athletes in the top one hundred with a very tight battle between Michael Masseni and Alistair McDonald, with only a metre or two separating them at the end. First to the finish for us and our best place in many years was Callum Drake, 34th, completing the course in 29 minutes, 11 seconds. Filling out the Div 2 team was Michael Masseni (64th), Alistair McDonald (65th), Alex Tyrrell, Cameron Menadue with Chris Downie rounding off for the Div 2. We had a great turn out for the men’s divisions with 17 competing athletes, resulting in team championship points for our Div 2,3 and 6, as well as two 40+ teams and a 50+ team.
Callum Drake leads the Western Athletics men to a top 50 finish (Photo by Stu Macaulay)
We only had one team in the women’s juniors, U16 team and the provisional results suggest they were equal third, so well done to Sophie McMinimee, Emma Stankic and Justine Muscat. The best individual results of the day were Georgia Muller coming 4th in the U14s and Claire Hodgart in fifth place in the U20s 3km.
In our men’s teams the provisional results suggest we have secured second place in the U14, U16 and U20 and a third place in the U18s. This is solid set of results considering the these races are short and we are typically stronger in the longer races which are still to come. There were some fine individual performances in the mix with many top ten results. Liam Cashin and Lochlan Lyness 7th and 10th respectively in the U20, Cody Shanahan 5th in the U18, Matthew Hussey 9th in the U16s and our best result of the day was Brandon Muscat winning the Men’s U14 2km race in a time of 7 minutes, 37 seconds.
Brandon wins the Boys U14 2km race (Photo by Tom Glover)
Cody recovers in a tight start with Liam and Matthew (Photo by Stu Macaulay)
This rounds winner of the Baker’s Delight Junior Sports Award, ‘Run of the Day’ goes to Brandon Muscat for his big win in the Men’s U14 2km race.
Thanks to those who were able to make it, 51 athletes is a great result, especially considering Lardner Park is long way for all of us to travel. If we can get the same numbers at Wendouree, round 3, we will be in good shape for the rest of the season.
Team Ladders as of Round 2: http://athsvic.org.au/wp-content/uploads/XCR15-TEAM-LADDER-After-Lardner-park.pdf