XCR ’15 Round 2 Lardner Park

TV’s Hunter Results

Amelia Aslanides

Open women’s report – Lardner Park

Lardner Park definitely proved a test for most of us, with howling winds to contend with and muddy ditches made even wider by the previous races. Despite all that the women had a pretty good day out.

  • Karinna was the first Hunter home, finishing in 4th place, extremely close to the medals.
  • We had great numbers, with 14 girls competing in the 4km race, so were able to fill the first three divisions.
  • Premier division finished third to maintain equal top spot on the ladder, division 2 came 6th and division 3 8th. The masters team finished 9th.
  • Kellie was the first of our masters runners home and 4th in her age group. With a great run she also rounded out the premier team.
  • With her long legs Brooke was the only one to come back spotless where as the rest of us had at least one shoe completely covered in mud, or in Karinna’s case both legs.
  • Laura and Rebecca had their first runs of the season and we loved having Rebecca back running with us after a break last year.
Congratulations to you all, I hope everyone enjoyed the run and I look forward to seeing you at Ballarat!


The weather threatened all day, but apart from strong gusts of wind, the day turned out a good one for Cross Country Running.

Fifteen juniors ventured down the highway for the run, and we saw some fantastic performances from them.

We managed to field teams in Boys U20, U18 and U16, but unfortunately fell short by one runner in both U20 And U18 girls.

U20 Boys: 3 runners. Team Placing THIRD

In a fantastic performance, Ben Kelly finished a close second placing; just 4 seconds adrift. Ben dictated much of the event but was just run down in the finishing area. This was a really top effort from our World Cross Country representative. Jack Bullock also ran superbly to finish strongly in 8th place and Declan Murphy put in his usual honest performance for 29th placing. The team (39) finished just 4 points behind Western Athletics (35) but Knox were runaway winners on just 14 points

U18 Boys: 3 runners. Team Placing FIRST

Sam Toll had a terrific run to come in third and lead the team into first place; we won the team’s race by just 1 point from Collingwood (41 points to 42). Will Ockenden was solid in performance with 13th placing and Luke McCarthy was 25th. Luke shows a lot of talent and is a welcome addition to the team. What a great start for the team.

U16 Boys: 3 runners. Team Placing FOURTH

Jasper Pickering led the way for the team with a strong effort to finish in 6th placing. He was well placed in the event for most of the distance. Liam Halloran continues to impress and improve with his 11th placing while new member Beau Sciberris, on debut, was ill during the event and struggled a bit but to his credit he ran on for the team to ensure this encouraging team result.

U14 Boys: 1 runner.

Our only participant was 11yo Liam Glew, 18th, who is a bit of an allrounder, having won the State U14 Triple Jump, is a strong hurdler, and tries everything. A good effort against boys much bigger.

U20 Girls: 2 runners.

Dana Dekkers continued her good summer season form with a solid 10th placing. Natasha Ockenden put up a keen performance to finish in 16th placing. Well done girls. It was interesting to note that two past members also competed; Julia Atkins, now with Melbourne University on scholarship, and Lanita Steer, now a top state orienteer.

U18 Girls: 2 runners.

Kaitlin Barr was our best finisher here with a 12th placing. Kaitlin continues her good form from the last summer season. It was also good to have Charlotte McKenzie run for 15th place; she has a lot of talent. We hope to have Jessica and Mikhalla back for future events to give us a presence in the teams event

U14 Girls: 1 runner.

Our only participant was 12yo Genevieve O’Brien who ran a great race to come in in 6th placing. Genevieve is only small but shows a great deal of talent. We need to encourage others to join her to complete a team.

Well done to all juniors. Can I repeat my request to you all to bring a friend.

We also had a number of our junior members compete for their schools in the APS Schools competition. While we await their opportunity to be on our teams, it would be great if we could all be pro-active in giving all our teams a depth to make us competitive in all events