Nail Biting Finish To Cross Country - Glasshouse Christian College

Nail Biting Finish To Cross Country

  • May 1, 2014

Nail Biting Finish To Cross Country

Students poured onto the Beerwah Sports Grounds not once but three times on Tuesday for the Annual GCCC Cross Country. They all came a little bit nervous and a little bit excited but they were all keen to earn valuable house points. This proved very true throughout the day as the final score indicated.

The students competed for individual placings but were also running for their house with the first four finishers of each house counting towards the teams’ race for houses. Ten points could be earned by winning the teams’ race competition. There were also lucky spot prizes for two finishers in each race. Students also gained selection into the GCCC teams to compete at District Cross Country Championships coming up soon.

The Middle School students began the day of competition running three or four kilometres around the Beerwah Sports Grounds, nearby stream and parklands. Some races were closely fought and others were led by the winner right from the gun.  Brooke Hughes, Natasha Hoeksema and Jack Fissenden all won by at least a minute but Jaylah Daunt and Chloe Dunford and Bakani Kombani and Patrick McKenzie fought close battles throughout their races.

The Senior School followed with the Year 12 students savouring their final cross country race ever for many of them! The students enjoyed running alongside many staff members who also took up the challenge to run the cross country. There was some great running but also much socialising along the way and everyone enjoyed the experience. Jacqueline Roach showed that training surely pays off by winning the 15 years girls’ race in the fastest 4km time for the girls. Cameron Shervey and Bailey Townsend battled it out in the 15 year boys’ race with Cameron winning by just six seconds with the fastest boys’ 4km time of the day.

Finally, the Primary students arrived with the nine year olds quite nervous about running their first serious cross country race. After running many laps of the oval during the Lapathon Challenge these students were ready to race. They were fit and determined.

This was proved when the 11 year old boys took to the course. It was a very tactical race with Sam Townson, Jacob Broderick and Declan Martin battling it out throughout the race. Sam and Declan ran stride for stride until part way through the second lap. Sam moved to the front and ran strongly to finish first with Jake second and Declan third. These boys ran the fastest 3km times of the day beating all the 12 and 13 year old times.  Aaron van Palen and Bryce Sambrook had the closest Primary race with only eight seconds separating them with Aaron gaining the victory for Sinai. Amy Trevan and Cassidy Ferris both led from start to finish in their races.

Zion won all but one team’s race in the Primary school helping Zion emerge as points winners in Primary. When the final competition points were tallied from all the day’s competitions the unbelievable had happened. Zion and Sinai were exactly tied on points with Ararat in third. Every single point certainly made a difference in this competition.  After all the war cry and cheering points were added to the competition points Ararat emerged as the Cross Country Champions on 395 points followed by  Zion on 349 points and Sinai on 349 points.  But wait – there’s more! The Junior Cross Country is yet to be run so points will be finalised after this event on the 9 May.

Once again the support from parents and families was fantastic. We are proud of the students’ performances and effort throughout the whole field – whether winning or just completing the race. Every point really does count!

AgeFirstSecondThirdTeam Winner
9 year girlsAmy TrevanElla ChildsLilli-Jean CruiseZion
9 year boysAaron van PalenBryce SambrookTyler ReevesSinai
10 year girlsCassidy FerrisGenevieve KratzmannMolly McCaugheyZion
10 year boysDaemon CruiseMason WhiteEthan PalmerZion
11 year girlsEmily RoachAmity RoserIsabel HolleyZion
11 year boysSamuel TownsonJacob BroderickDeclan MartinZion
12 year girlsJaylah DauntChloe DunfordMaya AmendoliaSinai
12 year boysBakani KombaniPatrick McKenzieLachlan McWilliamSinai
13 year girlsBrooke HughesCodie RechbergerSavannah MalanSinai
13 year boysHarrison StillDylan MyersAaron LerchArarat
14 yr GirlsNatasha HoeksemaTenaia OwensClaire CornelZion
14 year boysJack FissendenRoarke CarterToby GloverArarat
15 year girlsJacqueline RoachNicola BatesAnna GrahamArarat
15 year boysCameron SherveyBailey TownendLucas TidyZion
16 year girlsAndie LittleElla MicklesonTalia Rosa-DenhamSinai
16 year boysJaiden AndrewsFlynn MitchellJake HoeksemaZion
Open GirlsAbbey BatesLouise MunyardCourtney SinclairArarat
Open BoysAaron GilesIsaac CornelStephen GreasleyArarat

Wendy Stott

For photos of each event please click on the following links:

Primary Cross Country Photos

Middle School Cross Country Photos

Senior School Cross Country Photos


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