XCR ‘ 18 Round 4 – Bundoora Park

Screen Shot 2018-06-22 at 11.17.21 pmLINK:  TV’S Hunter Results

Glenhuntly Junior Men

Round 4 of the XC season also doubled up as the All Schools XC Championships.  The conditions at Bundoora were cold and windy and very typical of recent years for this event.  Whilst each participant represented their school the Glenhuntly junior men team members featured prominently.

We had 11 team members who competed and from this group there were two age group winners, three placegetters and six top 10 finishes.  The competitors were: U14 – Sam Lindsay (9th);  U15 – Josh Francou (11th), Logan Janetzki (25th) and Rubin Howard (27th); U17 –  Romin Kodikara (4th) and Jade Cook (73rd); U18 – Edward Marks (1st), Adam Spencer (2nd), Jason Clayton (8th) and Cody Bellgrove (41st); and U20 – Haftu Strintzos (1st).   Considering there were 600 junior men who competed across the age groups the results of all of our team members were fantastic.  Congratulations to everyone who competed and to those who placed well done on your excellent performance.

Several of the team will have qualified to represent Victoria at the National XC Championships to be held in Qld in August and we look forward to tracking how our team members shape up against the very best competitors from around Australia.

Glenhuntly Open Women

The Cross Country State Championships at Bundoora produced awesome runs from the Open Women’s Team with many improving on their times from last year. What looked to be a potentially cold and wet day of running turned out to be a one of great conditions despite being a little chilly at the start line. We had 5 athletes in the top 20 and 7 in the top 30, which is a fantastic effort! It was great to see Karinna Fyfe (with an impressive 8th place finish) and Cass Mesta (26th) running with us for their first XCR race of the season and also Anna Saw (20th) and Tarli Bird (15th) showing great form on their way back from injuries. New recruit Anna Kentwell backed up from a 27km mountainous trail run the weekend beforehand to finish in a speedy 13th place. Dana Dekkers set herself a new 10km PB (19th) and Rebecca Beagley smashed her previous time from last year, finishing 29th. Young gun Erika Florez had a super run rounding out the top 40. Our Premier Women took out the top spot for this round, which places them first on the leaderboard and our Division 2 Women came in 3rd!

Glenhuntly Open and Masters Men

One of the mainstays of the XCR calendar, Bundoora Park offered a challenging course with surprisingly good conditions for the State Cross Country Championships last Saturday. We had 26 starters across Open and Masters Men.

Some individual highlights were:

  • Jack Highnam returning from a chronic illness to make his 2018 debut. Jack’s enthusiasm around the group has been missed. A big second half of the season awaits him.
  • Peter Rushen running almost two minutes faster than 2017 and placing 3rd in his age group.

Our Division 2 team finished 3rd, 40+ 2nd and 60+ 3rd. It was great to welcome back Olympian Rhydian Cowley, among others and our increased depth showed. Compared to Cruden Farm, our Division 1 and 2 outfits increased their team score by 84 and 204 points, respectively. Our numbers are steadily increasing and it was great to see our Division 5 team score points for the first time this season. After four rounds, our 40+ continue to sit atop the ladder.

I’d also like to acknowledge Nick van Agtmaal. Nick has been unable to compete for the last two rounds due to a hernia operation but has still travelled to support the team. It’s this kind of team spirit that makes a great club.

We now put cross country behind us and look forward to some road racing. Next round we head to Sandown Racecourse for the Victorian Road Relay Championships. I look forward to another great turnout!

Go Hunters!


June Hunter Newsletter

Link: Hunter Newsletter No 20 

In this Issue:
 Western District Challenge
 Winter Calandar
 News from Club Committee
 Club News
 Peter Rushen – Boston
 Emir Casey Run
 XCR 3 Cruden Farm 12km
 Our new breed @12km
 Theobald Foundation Award Recipients
 From the Archives -1930s
 Vicki Charles – NZ
 Titomic -Jeff Lang
 Warburton training Camp

XCR’18 Rnd 3 – 8Km XC Cruden Farm


Link: TV’s Hunter Results

Junior Men Cruden Farm Report

Fantastic weather and a fantastic location for XC at Cruden Farm.  There were eight of our junior men who competed and some very good results were posted.

We had four top 10 finishes from Sam Lindsay U14, Josh Francou U16, Jason Clayton U18 and Jasper Pickering U20.   The stand out performance of the day was Sam Lindsay who finished in third place and received his first XC medal. Sam has been steadily improving and he is closing in on the two boys who have led the way in the individual races this season – well done Sam.  In finishing 7th Josh posted a smart time and his improving fitness will see him continue to press for a top 5 placing.   Sam and Josh are well placed on the individual result ladder whilst the U18 team is placed 5th – ladders can be seen on the AV website.    

For a number of our team it was the first time they had raced over the various age group distances.  Jade Cook and Josh Whittle had to run the 8km circuit and both had solid performances which will stand them in good stead for later races. I also would like to note Jack Green’s performance in the U20s.  Jack was keen to break the 4 min km pace at Cruden Farm and it was good to see him go well under this pace – good result Jack.

Open and Masters Men Cruden Farm Report

The traditional 10 Mile (16 km) Championships were reduced to 12 km this year. This was welcomed by all as the mercury nudged a warm 20 degrees. We had 25 starters across Open and Masters Men. Our Division 1, 2, 4 and 40+ teams all improved on their result from Myrniong while our Division 3, 50+ and 60+ teams achieved the same placing. 40+ are 1st on the ladder after Round 3.

Everyone put in a tremendous effort. Some individual highlights were:

  • Jake Malone placing 46th in his debut individual race for the club. He was also the first Hunter to cross the line.
  • Andrew McEvoy powering home to place 2nd in his age group. He is currently equal 2nd in the Champion Athlete Men 45-49.

It was great to welcome new member Cameron Evans in his first event for the club.

Next round we head to Bundoora Park where both Open and Masters Men will compete over 10km. We haven’t filled Division 5, 6 and 7 teams this year. Let’s get out there in numbers on June 16 and show everyone what a big and proud club we are!

Go Hunters!

Vic Masters Champs- 23 medals from 14 members. Great Results.

March 24/25@ Doncaster.

Some fantastic results from our Masters athletes over the weekend. Fourteen of them braved the adverse, wet conditions to finalise their summer season; earning eleven GOLD, five SILVER, and seven BRONZE.
Ralph, Gwen Vanessa and Toni attained two GOLD medals each; WOW.

Louise (7), Toni (5), Andrew(4) and Joe(4) and Kurt(3) attempted multiple events.

Some of the performances by our Master’s seem to be Age Group Club Records; these are currently in preparation and it is hoped to have them announced soon.

It is really impressive to see these Master athletes perform so well in representing themselves and the Club with distinction.

Vanessa Wilson W36 1500m 4:57.53 GOLD
5000m 18.29.62 GOLD
Leigh Phelan M42 100m 11.42 GOLD
Peter Macknamara M45 3km Steeple 10.36.32 SILVER
Kurt Golonka M48 100m 12.59 4th
400m 55.79 BRONZE
200m 25.23 4th
Ben Hodgens M46 200m 35.84 7th
Shot Put 10.15m BRONZE
Angelo Portelli M48 400m 66.75 9th
Long Jump 4.38m 5th
Mikael Soussan 800m 2.11.78 5th
Louise McLean W53 100m 16.29 SILVER
Long Jump 3.29m 4th
60m 9.76 BRONZE
200m 34.47 GOLD
Triple Jump 7.70m BRONZE
Discus 16.64m 6th
Shot Put 6.84m 4th
Toni Matters W50 Long Jump 3.50m SILVER
Javelin 24.43m BRONZE
60m 10.27 4th
Discus 31.21m GOLD
Shot Put 10.13m GOLD

Joe Zammit M53 Javelin 23.82m 5th
Hammer 17.13m 5th
Shot Put 9.02m 4th
Discus 21.58m 4th
Andrew Crawley M52 Hammer 27.71m BRONZE
Weight Throw 10.90m SILVER
Shot Put 11.08m SILVER
Discus 35.81m GOLD

Joe Campisi M60 5000m 21.58.96 BRONZE
Gwen Steed W75 3000m W 21.50.7h GOLD
1500m W 10.19.28 GOLD

Ralph Bennett M76 3000m W 18.10.27 GOLD
1500m W 8.45.13 GOLD