We’re back for XCR Schools tomorrow at the notoriously quick Albert Park course, where athletes will use the Formula 1 pit lanes as inspiration to fun fast! As it stands Mercellin College, Haileybury College, St Kevin’s College, Wesley College and Trinity Grammar School make up the top five for the Men’s Division. In the Women’s Division, it’s Ruyton Girls’ School, Wesley College, Melbourne Girls Grammar, Haileybury College and Caulfield Grammar School who are sitting comfortably in that top five position.
Going into tomorrow’s competition, there will be a lot of quality athletes out on the track. In the Under 18 Women’s Division, Sophie O’Sullivan (Wesley) was a clear standout at Jells Park, recording a time of 14:28 which happened to be the quickest of the day for her age group. Sophie was also at her best at this year’s Australian Athletics Championships up in Sydney! Her fellow teammate Meg Oakley-Kerr will also be one to watch. Meg was not far off Sophie’s 14:28 at Jells, posting the second fastest time in 14:44. If Wesley roll into tomorrow with the same team they will certainly be the one to beat.
Up a Division for the Under 20 Women, it’ll be Caulfield Grammar who will go in as favourites. Georgie MacDonald was a class above the rest at Jells, handing the baton over in the fastest time for her age group with a time of 14:15. Heidi Demeo (Sacred Heart College) was part of a third placing team at Jells, and will no doubt be wanting an event better result, along with teammate Gabby Deller who recorded the second fastest time in 14:57.
Over in the Men’s Draw, for the Under 18’s it will be Adam Spencer leading his Wesley teammates to hopefully another win. Adam recorded a time of 12:17 at Jells, which was the fastest for this age group. Ed Marks wasn’t too far off, with a time of 12:28. Having Adam and Ed running as 3 & 4 is definitely a deadly combination, and they’ll be looking at another first place finish. St Kevin’s finished under a minute behind Wesley at Jells, and will go in hungry to get one back on them. Josh Collins and Matthew Hussy were both standouts for ‘Skevs’ both cracking the thirteen minute mark with times of 12:50 and 12:55 respectively.
The Men’s Under 20 Division at Jells Park was won convincingly by Trinity Grammar School who were two minutes faster than their rivals in Marcellin College and Melbourne High School. Tristan Day and Tom Sellwood were standouts for Trinity both posting sub-thirteen minute times. Although, it was Yaun Chow Lui from Melbourne High who had the quickest time for the day, handing over the baton in 12:23. With nothing separating 2nd, 3rd and 4th places at Jells, tomorrow’s podium finish could be anyone’s.
We’ll be on the ground with our social media in full swing. That means Facebook and Instagram! So if you have your phone with you and you’re taking photos or recording videos, make sure you tag @athleticsvictoria and use the hashtag #XCRSCHOOLS. We want everyone to be connected at what is going to be an awesome day of competition!!!
Clearing showers with a top of 19 degrees. There will be a 20% chance of any rain (it won’t happen). However, if it does, expect there to be under a mil, so best leave your umbrella at home. UV index will be hovering around the low mark, but if you have fair skin it might be a good idea to chuck on some sunscreen. The is zero chance of there being a frost risk, which is great news. Wind speed and direction will be around 17km/h and hitting Albert Park from a NNE direction. And finally the relative humidity will be sitting around 90%, but will cooler temperatures, it doesn’t really mean anything.