Posted on 01 May 2018
Our Cross Country runners had a great day at the Bayside Cross Country Carnival last week, achieving the best results in over five years. OC placed second this year which was a wonderful improvement on fourth place in 2017.
The number of students who qualified for Met East trials (finishing in the top 10) also doubled from 2017 with many runners seeing a vast improvement in their results. Some standout performers were Sam Meaney, Elise Elkington, Kara Stock and Annabel Lee who achieved second place and Maya Sheil who came third in her age group. We had an outstanding 20 runners qualify for Met East this year.
Particular mention must go to Maree Wright who went from 43rd position last year to 10th position this year because of her outstanding commitment to training. Sienna Firth is also to be commended for her 10th place finish. Sienna ran in the Under 16 Girls category and managed to come 10th, running up three age groups (from the Under 13 age group).
This improvement from all runners would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment that students have shown to training over the past two terms. This dedication is further exemplified in the fact that for almost half of the team, this was their first time competing at Bayside.
These outstanding individual results also led to an improvement in team age group placings, with the most improvement occurring from the girls. The girls managed to more than halve last year’s overall score (lower is better), which is a remarkable achievement in just one year. Six of our teams also achieved first or second place, compared to just one team achieving such placings last year. The 14 Girls and the Open Boys came first while the 13 Boys, 13 Girls, 16 Girls and Open Girls achieved second place for their age groups.
All students are to be commended for this outstanding performance at Bayside and are encouraged to keep up the regular commitment to training as the TAS Cross Country Carnival draws closer.