Wow what enthusiasm was seen at the Junior Cross Country held one the oval last week! Faces were beaming as students crossed the finish line – the feeling of achievement very evident!
House tents were elaborately decorated by house captains and students in an attempt to win valuable points and intimidate all other competitors. The War Cries were fantastic with faces turning red as more volume was sought. Ararat were War Cry Champions and Sinai was announced the best decorated tent gaining valuable points even before the races started.
Prep and Year 1 students raced around a 750m course scattered with obstacles to add to the challenge. Lily Short and Zefflyn Dorrett were the fastest Prep runners and Hannah Gassner and Ben Ramke sped around their course beating everyone else to the finish line in the Year 1 races. Ben and Owen Heathwood sprinted against each other towards the finish line with Ben just beating Owen.
The Year 3 and 6 House Captains had a tough job staying in front of the speedy Year 2 and 3 students racing around their 1km course. Saskia Hallink and Jake McGilvray ran great well-judged races to win the Year 2 competition. Bronte Brannigan and Max Cashin led their Year 3 races from start to finish winning their races by quite a distance.
Placegetters were presented with ribbons by Mr Curtis and three students from each race won Lucky Spot prizes. Everyone received a frozen juice after their race and a finisher’s certificate.
Most students ran most of the way which was awesome and showed their parents and grandparents just how fit they had become during the Run Around Australia Challenge. We all had a great morning of racing and cheering each house on to gain as many points as possible. The support from parents and Grandparents was fantastic.
After all points were tallied the score was very close!! Ararat were announced Junior Cross Country Champions with 215 points, Sinai second with 212 points and Zion in third with 205 points. That is only ten points separating all three houses!! What a close competition!
Junior Cross Country Placings
|Prep Boys||Zefflyn Dorrett||Lachlan Broderick||Archie Cruise|
|Prep Girls||Lily Short||Jade Roy||Amelia Hughes|
|Yr 1 Boys||Ben Ramke||Owen Heathwood||Hayden Cullen|
|Yr 1 Girls||Hannah Gassner||Jasmine Hazelden||Chelsea Brown|
|Yr 2 Boys||Jake McGilvray||Luca Codlin||Jasper Menkins|
|Yr2 Girls||Saskia Hallink||Jorja Palmer||Chloe Turnbull|
|Yr 3 Boys||Max Cashin||Jake O’Grady||Thomas Quinn|
|Yr 3 Girls||Bronte Brannigan||Brianna Albrand||Dominique Doolan|