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XCR’18 Rnd 3 – 8Km XC Cruden Farm

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!

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