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2023 XCR 2: Lakeside

Glenhuntly Athletic Club – Latest News

Sunday 7th May 2023

The weather gods were not on our side on the morning of XCR Round 2 at Albert Park Lake. It was very a chilly and wet Sunday morning. However, the absence of a sudden downpour and bracing winds meant our teams experienced fairly good race conditions for the road, and times on the day were quite slick. A huge congratulations to everyone who competed at Lakeside10.

Welcome to newcomers

On the back of the Round 1 relays, it was terrific to see some new members tackle their first individual road race with the Hunters, including Jana Hanak, Phoebe Moloney, Sam Arnold and Jorge Acosta Montes. It was also great to see Han Quach back racing with us after a 5-year absence – and in very good form, too. It was good to see Mallory Ledger and Amy Tims from Run Monash also join us as invites for this round.


Top-10 athletes on the day

Congratulations to the following athletes who achieved top-10 status in their respective age groups.


  • Female U18 3 KM: Tanasha Santosh (6th) 11:01

  • Female U16 3 KM: Serena Bryant (8th) 11:05

  • Male U16 3 KM: Luka Sideris (1st) 9:09


  • Female 10 KM: Erika Florez (5th) 34:24

  • Male 10 KM: Ed Marks (2nd) 29:08

*Special mention to Logan Janetzki U20 who came 11th in the Open age group.


  • M50+ 10 KM: Rob O'Donnell (3rd) 34:43

  • W55+ 10 KM: Kim Nanscawen (3rd) 46:24

  • *W60+ 10 KM: Joelle Jones (6th) 55:01

  • *W60+ 10 KM Victoria Haritos (8th) 1:00:17

  • *W60+ 10 KM: Michele Forbes (9th) 1:02:24

*[Total participants ≤10]

Open Women

What a morning! It may have been a chilly start to the day down at Albert Park, but did anyone else feel the heat coming off the road? That was the Glenhuntly Open Women burning up the course. Our Open athletes were flying!

Special mentions for the day:

  • Erika Florez finished in 7th place with a massive PB. It’s terrific to see all of Erika’s hard work producing the goods.

  • "The Tsunami" – Cassie Little, Lilly Ellis and Maddie Gwynne – all finished in the top 20 (and within 3 seconds of each other), washing away the other competitors.

  • Sharon Firisua scored a PB and a Solomon Island 10km National Record. What a legend! Dianah Matekali, also scored a massive PB.

  • It was great to see Emma Wadley back running XCR with us and a warm welcome to Jana Hanak who ran her first run in the Baby Blue!

It was a tough battle, but our Premier team took out the win! We just got ahead of Box Hill on the count back - great work team! Div 2 and Div 3 placed 3rd and Div 5 placed 5th - fantastic work!

Congratulations to Sharon Firisua who broke the Solomons Island national record with a massive PB of 36:53 (net 36:46)

Open Men

Ed Marks elicited the fastest run of the day, taking on the pace for much of the race only to be outkicked by Essendon’s Archie Noakes down the home straight of Lakeside Stadium. Ed’s run would have won the event by 4 seconds in 2022, despite the challenging conditions of 2023.

It was however the depth that got the Hunters over the line for a Premier Division victory once again, backing up the result from Jells Park. The top 6 of Ed Marks, Logan Janetzki, Ben Kelly, Sam Toll, Bailey Murzecki-Hince and Denyan Claxton scored a cumulative 105 points to consolidate the lead at the top of the division. Solid performances were seen from long-time Hunters and XCR regulars, Tom McFarlane, Jack Highnam, Chris Winter, and Ryan Losty alongside our Solomon’s visitor Rossi Siosi, and 2023 newcomers Jorge Acosta Montes and Sam Arnold. This resulted in solid mid-field placings in the hard-fought Division 2 and 4 team events as well. Rhydian Cowley also put on a show on the day by race walking the 10km in an astounding time of 38:52. Ridiculous!

Team results: 1st Division 1, 8th Division 2, 7th Division 4, 9th Division 5, 11th Division

Rhydian Cowley, our Olympic race walker, walked the course, putting immense pressure on many of the runners.

Underage Men

We had 5 junior athletes competing across 3 KM and 10 KM distances. In the Men U16 3 KM, Luka Sideris ran a super race to finish #1, crossing the line one second ahead of the runner-up. Shamir Freedman (18th) and Michael Monaghan (22nd) finished strongly to bring the team home in 3rd position, behind Ringwood and Essendon.

Terry Tsakiridis and Will Short both lined up for the Men U18 10 KM race. They delivered good results over the distance in challenging wintery conditions.

Our gold medallist and state champion, Luka Sideris, on the podium for the Men U16 3 km

Underage Women

Tanasha Santosh (Female 18) and Serena Bryant (F16) put in strong performances over the 3 KM distance. Both finished in the top-10 of their respective age groups, with Serena placing 8th and Tanasha 6th. Congratulations girls!

Tanasha and Serena entering the stadium together for a lap of the track before crossing the finish line

Masters Men

Some great results at Albert Park last week by our Masters men. Cold and wintry conditions – one does question one's sanity standing on the start line in such conditions ... nevertheless, there were some good times recorded in these tough conditions. A couple of standouts were Fraser Thompson M40+ (33:04) and the evergreen Rob O'Donnell M50+ (34:43) continues on from recent strong performances. It was good to see the return of Han Quach who managed to sneak under 40mins (M45+ 39.21). All up congratulations to all who donned the Hunters singlet and ran in such trying conditions.

Master Women

Despite the chilly and damp weather, we had great results among our relatively small group of 6 Masters women. Kim Nanscawen was our standout athlete on the day, finishing 3rd in the W55+ category with a time of 46:24. Very nice work, Kim! Victoria Haritos was our resident glam girl. She stole the show when the AV film crew decided to conduct an exclusive “live” interview with her just after she crossed the finish line. Go, Victoria!

Our star, Victoria Haritos, interviewed by AV's camera man

It was terrific to see Athletics Victoria recognise our W60+ athletes and post their rankings on the Results Hub, which is an improvement on last year when W60 were not granted their own championship category (in contrast with their male counterparts who were duly acknowledged last year). We are sure this will encourage more women over 60 to continue with AV competition into the future.

Our women generally achieved massive improvements on last year's times, and so we all left Albert Park feeling pretty happy with ourselves. Team results:

  • 1st W60+ 1st (Joelle Jones, Victoria Haritos, Michele Forbes)

  • 7th W50+ (Kim Nanscawen, Kara Gilbert, Svitlana Korchova)

Rossi, Dianah, TV and Sharon – heading home

Glenhuntly Athletic Club Results 2023 XCR Round 2 – as posted on the Athletics Victoria Results Hub

Female Open 10km: Erika Florez 34:24; Cassie Little 35:55; Lilly Ellis 35:57; Madeleine Gwynne 35:58; Sharon Firisua 36:53; Olivia Weston 37:02; Dana Dekkers 37:12; Dianah Matekali 37:47; Rebecca Kirkham 41:35; Phoebe Moloney 42:21; Emma Wadley 44:19; Jana Hanak 45:33; Isabelle Crothers 46:11; Kim Nanscawen 46:24; Kara Gilbert 49:41; Svitlana Korchova 52:36; Joelle Jones 55:01; Victoria Haritos 1:00:17; Michele Forbes 1:02:24; Female 18 3km: Tanasha Santosh 11:01; Female 16 3km: Serena Bryant 11:05; Male Open 10km: Edward Marks 29:08; Logan Janetzki 29:54; Ben Kelly 30:09; Samuel Toll 30:30; Bailey Murzecki-Hince 30:41; Denyan Claxton 31:09; Jack Highnam 32:46; Fraser Thompson 33:04; Tom McFarlane 33:05; Rob O'Donnell 34:43; Rosefelo Siosi 35:09; Chris Winter 35:09; Julian Kuppler 37:38; Jorge Gerardo Acosta Montes 37:44; Justin Portelli 37:45; Sam Arnold 38:41; Bradley Wynne 38:50; Rhydian Cowley 38:52; Han Quach 39:21; Ryan Losty 39:42; Antonio Russo 39:44; Joseph Campisi 46:47; Richard McGuire White 48:08; Chris Wardlaw 48:50; Michael Ryan 49:58; Male 18 10km: Terry Tsakiridis 36:17; William Short 38:38; Male 16 3km: Luka Sideridis 09:09; Shamir Freedman 10:13; Michael Monaghan 10:15


Contributors: XCR Team Managers – Sam Toll & Dale Woodbridge (Open Men), Dana Dekkers (Open Women), Michael Halloran (Under-age Men), Helen Rainey (Junior Girls), Andrew McEvoy (Masters Men), Kara Gilbert (Masters Women)

Curated by: Kara Gilbert

Date published: 9th May, 2023

This article has been published in good faith, drawing on available data. Please contact you notice any errors or omissions in the above results or would like to see additional content included.


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