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Cross Country Runners Team Up
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For only the second year, The Geelong College provided teams to compete in the Athletics Victoria Cross Country Relays.

Eight teams were entered, up from the two teams of 2017. Seven teams started after several withdrawals due to injury and illness. Under-16 competitors raced over 3km per runner, while the U18s and U20s raced over a 4km course.

The U16 girls' team were the most successful with a third-place podium finish. The girls were most consistent with their performance: Skye Ellis 11:00, Ella Willson 12:03, Mia Kemp 11:38 and Cassidy Bradshaw 11:13. The performance was all the more impressive with two of our runners, Mia and Ella, stepping up from the U14 division.

The U20 girls' No.1 team finished sixth, only 49 seconds behind the bronze medallists. The racing was very keen, with the placings changing frequently over the course of the race. Girls’ Cross Country skipper Mimmi Balaam led the team off with an impressive 14.46 and was ably supported by Ellie Barr (17:04), Pippi McDonald (also
17:04) and Liv Richardson (15:09).

Our U20 girls’ No.2 team raced solidly for their 20th place, as did the boys’ U20 team for 19th place. Thanks to Rory Vagg for stepping up from the U18 team to replace captain Sam Barnes who was taken ill before the race. Our U16 boys were also struck by illness and only had three runners. They were sitting in around ninth place at the end of the third leg. Likewise, our U18 girls were ticking along quite nicely at the end of the third leg before injury took its toll.

Noah Gray and Felix Sycamnias performed admirably as a two person team, after losing half their U18 team to illness and another teammate was promoted to the U20 team.

All this augers well for the first round of APS Cross Country this Saturday at the Haileybury Berwick campus. A three-race program is on offer: girls at 9.30am, junior and intermediate boys at 10am and senior boys at 10.30am.
The full AV relay results can be found on the Athletics Victoria website.

Graeme Watkins
TIC Cross Country

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