The sun shone brightly as students readied themselves to run in the GCC Primary Cross Country Championships. There were a few nerves but these soon disappeared as the war cries rang out around the Beerwah Sports Grounds. Tents had been amazingly decorated, students were fit and the stage was set for a fantastic morning of cross country racing.
First off were the nine year olds with the boys racing off with great speed and enthusiasm in their first Upper Primary Cross Country races. Joshua Moore, James Roser and Kieran Robertson were the front runners setting a cracking pace, but Joshua pulled away from James over the latter part of the race to win. These boys ran the 2km race faster than the 10 year old boys with a winning time of 8.43! Olivia McKenzie led the girls race from start to finish trailed by Islah-Lyleigh Dwyer who also ran really well finishing about 15 sec behind Olivia who still looked very strong at the finishline.
Next were the ten year old boys who have been training hard during the Run Around Australia Challenge. This is a talented age group with Jack Lecky, Bryce Sambrook and Nathan Kennedy racing it out to finish in that order. Nathan and Bryce also helped their Ararat team win the teams race in this age group. Amy Trevan and Lili-Jean Cruise battled it out in the 10 year girls race with neither girl wanting to let the other get ahead. The hill was decisive and Lili-Jean managed to establish a lead and went on to win by about 50m.
Last to run were the 11 year olds with Lincoln McKenzie establishing a commanding lead early in the race. Joshua Collins, Ethan Palmer and Beau Doneathy tried to stay with him but Lincoln was too strong. Daemon Cruise was unable to compete due to a clash with Regional Rugby League so the boys knew their times would determine the final placings as Daemon time was included after he raced the following day. Lincoln ran a fantastic time, but Daemon’s time was just 10 seconds faster so both boys were awarded first place for the race with Daemon being Age Champion. Cassidy Ferris showed a clean pair of heals skipping out to a lead early in the race. Molly McCaughey did her best to keep in touch but Cassidy was too fast. Molly came in second and Caitlin Moore finished in third place.
It was fantastic too see everyone running really well especially after the first three placings. There were some great battles as students sprinted to the finish line to beat just one or two more runners. Every place was important as the Team Race places were also being contested. The first 4 runners home in each house in each race had their placings added and the house with the least points (first 4 runners in same house to finish) were declared Teams Race Champions. At the end of the day each house had won two teams races each!
Sinai cheered all day long I am sure, winning the Tent Decorating and Cheer competition with Zion winning the War Cry competition.
After all the racing and cheering the points remained very close. Ararat were victorious on 165 points, Zion placed second with 159 points and Sinai were third with 156 points. Well done to students, teachers and parents who made the day a great success.
Primary Cross Country Results
|9 yr Girls||Olivia McKenzie||Islah-Lyleigh Dwyer||Megan Jarvis||Sinai|
|9 yr Boys||Joshua Moore||Jaymes Roser||Kieran Robertson||Ararat|
|10 yr Girls||Lilli-Jean Cruise||Amy Trevan||Lainey Grieve||Zion|
|10 yr Boys||Jack Lecky||Bryce Sambrook||Nathan Kennedy||Ararat|
|11 yr Girls||Cassidy Ferris||Molly McCaughey||Caitlin Moore||Zion|
|11 yr Boys||Lincoln McKenzie||Joshua Collins||Ethan Palmer||Sinai|