XCR’15 – Record breaking series concludes with Tan Relays

Australia’s premier road and cross country series, XCR’15 has attracted its strongest ever numbers with an 11% rise on the previous best 2011 season and has averaged more than 800 participants per round in 2015.

The popular XCR round 10 Tan Relays will conclude the Athletics Victoria winter season on Saturday 19 September at Kings Domain.

With only one point separating Box Hill (85 points) and Geelong Region (84 points) we are in for a bumper division one men’s relay at The Tan.

Will we see Geelong bring out the big guns Craig Mottram and Brenton Rowe in a bid to claim the division title?

With Glenhuntly Athletics Club all but guaranteed the premiership title in women’s division one, attention will turn to the battle for promotion from division two between Western Athletics (108 points) and first year XCR standalone club Old Xaverians on 104 points.

Team entries for XCR’15 Round 10 close 12:00pm midday on Monday 14 September and can completed via the event webpage.

After three straight wins at the start of the XCR’15 series, Geelong Region’s Nicholas Wightman secured the overall men’s title with 48 points ahead of Box Hill athlete Stephen Kelly, who returned in 2015 after an injury plagued 2014 to finish second on 41 points. Australian cross country champion Liam Adams rounded out the top three men on 32 points.

A notable mention goes to Athletics Essendon athlete Mitchel Brown who finished the XCR’15 season strongly, with impressive wins at Albert Park and the Burnley half marathon to finish fourth on 30 points.

The consistency of Frankston athlete Gemma Maini across 2015 has paid dividends with top-two finishes at four events including line honours at Bundoora Park ensuring the overall series win on 44 points.

Collingwood Harries runner Virginia Moloney secured second spot by winning last weekend’s Burnley half marathon to end the season with 41 points ahead of Glenhuntly pair Karinna Fyfe (33 points) and Cassie Higham (26 points).

South Melbourne athlete Sinead Diver was the pick of the runners early in the season with wins at Larder Park and Lake Wendouree providing the ideal lead into last month’s Beijing world championships marathon race.

Box Hill’s Courtney Powell was another to impress in XCR’15, with a break-through win at the Albert Park 10km road race.

Powell backed up her second XCR’15 win at Brimbank Park by claiming the national cross country title last month at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Geelong Region’s Brett Coleman was a standout in the men’s 40-44 division, finishing the season with wins at Albert Park, Brimbank Park and the Burnley half marathon to claim 60 points and the series title.

In the women junior ranks, under-18 athlete Amelia Mazza-Downie was clinical, taking maximum points from all four events to finish the season on 44 points.

The closest battle was the under-20 women’s category with Melbourne University Athletics Club athlete Georgia Griffith and Geelong Region’s Claudia Verstraten both finishing the season first on 38 points, ahead of Frankston’s Henrietta Lawrence on 37 points.

Athletics Victoria would like to thank all the clubs, athletes, officials, volunteers and vendors for making XCR’15 such an enjoyable experience and, we look forward to seeing as many teams as possible down at The Tan for the last round of XCR before our attention turns to the 2015-16 track and field season.