The Sunshine Coast Regional Cross Country was held as a combined Primary and Secondary event this year with all competitors qualifying through the Districts. We had eight primary students and three secondary students who have all been training hard for this event, competing at the Regional Championships held in Buderim. Competition is always fierce at this event as there are many State and National place getters also competing.
Jacqui Roach was the outstanding athlete on the day running a fantastic race finishing 4th in the 15 year girls competition. She ran just over four minutes per kilometre which is very fast when you are competing over 4000m. Her triathlon training has really improved Jacqui’s fitness and speed and she also ran a very well judged race. Jacqui will now go on to compete in the Queensland State Championships being held in Brisbane in mid-July.
Cameron Shervey also ran fast with sub four minute kilometre times and placed 20th in the very competitive 15 year boys’ race. Tash Hoeksema was pleased with her race finishing 12th in the 14 year girls’ race beating a fellow Independent District athlete she had not beaten before.
In the Primary races Bakani Kombanie lead his 12 year boys’ field for the first 500m but was passed by some very talented young athletes many of whom have placed at State and National Championships in past years. Running at a fast pace throughout the race, Bakani ran a personal best time of 12 minutes and 12 sec finishing in 13th place. Patrick McKenzie and Lachlan McWilliam ran side by side most of the race with Patrick finishing 27th and Lachlan 28th.
The ten year old girls were the first to run and the nerves were certainly showing in these young ladies. Cassidy Ferris and Molly McCaughey found the start pace very fast and settled into the race well. Cassidy held her place in the middle of the field finishing in a very creditable 15th place and Molly finished 30th.
Emily Roach also ran a great race beating her personal best time by 20 seconds and finishing in 20th position. Amity Roser and Emily have been battling each other in every cross country race they have competed in this year and Emily regained the GCCC finishing order only just beating Amity who finished in 21st position just 2 seconds behind Emily! In the eleven year boys race Jacob Broderick gave it his all in the hot conditions and finished in 20th position.
Every athlete ran their absolute best and we were proud to have them representing GCCC and the Glasshouse and Independent Districts. We look forward to hearing of Jacqui’s achievements at the State Championships.