Cross Country Relays 18th April 2014 – overall summary by TV
Thankfully the weather was kind to us, making this year’s XC relays a most enjoyable experience.
The Hunters fielded 31 teams across all the Divisions and Age Groups (M & F), including 3 invite teams made up of athletes from TV and Len’s Run Monash squad – and this was 10 more teams than any other club. Our total number of participants was an amazing 111 (77 males and 34 females).
Thanks to all of our helpers, officials, and team managers for all their work on the day.
To top the day off nicely we enjoyed a great/traditional Hunters afternoon tea.
Family involvement was really quite remarkable;
Father and son – Humphrey and Leo, Victor and Jamie, Joe and Eamonn, Chris and Declan, Mick (official) and Shane, Lyndon (official) and Daniel, Paul (official) and Ben.
Partners – Peter and Kellie, Peter and Helen, David and Bridget.
Father and Daughter – Brett (official) and Kaitlin, Simon and Laura.
Mother and daughter – Heather (official) and Dana, Kara and Isobella.
Mother and son – Julie (official) and Sam.
Mother, son and daughter – Jill, Jack, and Sophie.
Brothers – Ben James, and Michael.
Father, son, and daughter – Paul, Jack, and Gemma.
· Apologies for any I’ve missed.
Click here for TV’s Hunter Results
Open/Masters Men – report by TV
Once again we struggled a little at the top end, however we had a very young Division 1 team, which included 3 of our juniors (1 x U18 and 2 x U20). In fact the average age of our Division 1 team was just 20.5 yrs !
Our incredible depth was demonstrated by our overall team placings with 11 of our 14 open/masters teams finishing in the top 10 in their division/age group. Lots of PB’s were achieved with Rhydian Cowley our fastest on the day (18.57). Peter Macknamara (20.17) was our quickest master (40+).
We used a few of ‘Masters’ age in our open teams, however with everyone running in their correct age groups we might easily have won both the 40+ and 50+ events.
It is always difficult at the start of the season to get the rankings right.
Women’s report by Cass Higham
As usual Jells was a great way to start the new XCR season. Although it threatened rain we were treated to a brilliant day for round 1 relays.
-Premier division won gold with close times run by all members
-The 40+ team made up of Kellie, Bridget and Gill won silver
-We welcomed 9 new women to our open team: Anne and Sam up from juniors, Brooke and Rebecca from the track season and new members to the club Jillian, Emma, Lesley, Rhiannon and Sharon
-Sharon, who led out her division 2 team, will be heading back to the Solomon Islands in a few weeks, we hope she’s enjoyed her short stint with the club
-PBs were run by Cass and Kara and Tarli ran the fastest time for the Hunters with 21.28
I hope you all enjoyed an exciting day of relays and a great time with the Hunters. Looking forward to seeing everyone at Lardner Park.
Junior Boys start XC Season showing early form at Jells Park by Phil Hutton
XC15 got off to its usual start with the XC Relays. The weather had looked really threatening but by the time of the races, it was bright and sunny; a great day for running. Well done to all juniors
- We entered five teams with seven club debutants.
Results: U20 Team 1 8th Team 2 12th
U16 Team 1 5th Team 2 12th
- Solomon Islander Rossi Siosi having his sole race in XC, after some track competition, before heading to Cairns for training and then home. He and Sharon are great ambassadors and benefitted greatly from their stay. Good luck to you both for the future. Rossi was our fastest with a time of 21:07.
- We had 9 other junior members representing their school at APS in the morning who were unable to compete. Shows we have begun to develop some good depth.
- We had 4 juniors elevated to seniors with 3 of them representing the club in Division 1; an amazing effort from Ben, Sam, and Jack, and also Dan in the lower senior division.
- Luke McCarthy and Jack Highnam both had terrific first up runs with 22:20 and 22:11 respectively. Declan Murphy, Max Meuleman and debutant Daniel Bryden both did well first up and will be better for the run. Callum Harris 29:49 enjoyed his first outing for the club.
- Jasper Pickering was our fastest U16 with 10:05 equalling the fastest overall in the competition on the day. Will Ockenden was our fastest in U18 with 10:37; impressive.
- Liam Glew, 11yo, came in as emergency and impressed with 13:34 for U16. Thanks Liam
- It was great to see Joseph Inglis, one of our top junior sprinters, turn his talents to XC, and for Jake Roberts to compete well after long term injury.
- Liam Halloran 11:25 and Nathan Crawley 11:53 both impressed with their debut XC runs with the club.
- It was good to see Jack Strangio return after a season to lead off our U18s with a 10:49; good first up Jack.