Albert Park 10km Road Race – Wrap

It was a fresh start to the morning at Albert Park, with the mercury barely reaching 4 degrees, however it didn’t deter the athletes as they arrived, ready to tackle Victoria’s fastest 10km road race.

The Junior Division were the first to get things underway, attacking a 3km course that would have them finish inside Lakeside Stadium. Combining both the boys and girls saw Abbery Caldwell (Doncaster) take out the U18 grouping with a time of 9:57, and Maxine Paholek (South Melbourne) winning the gold in the U20 grouping with a time of 10:04. Harry Sharp (Ballarat Region) and Ebony Dodemaide (Western Athletics) took out the U16 Divison in times of 9:15 and 10:04 respectively. In the U14 Division it was Kane Marriott (Diamond Valley) and Lucinda Rourke (Williamstown) who claimed victory with times of 9:34 and 10:07 respectively.

The Men’s U18 10km was won by Jack Itter from Diamond Valley Athletic Club. Jack ran a beautiful race to finish solidly with a time of 33:09. Up a Division in the Men’s U20, and it was Cody Shanahan (Western Athletics) who continued his impressive form to take out the title with a time of 30:56.

In the Men’s Open Division it was Mitch Brown (Athletics Essendon) who took out the victory ahead of Liam Adams (Athletics Essendon) and Charlie Park (MUAC) in what was a very tactical race. The leader changed on numerous occasions with all athletes trying to settle into a decent groove. However, at the final turn on Aughtie Drive, Mitch kicked it into another gear and burned away from Liam and Charlie to claim his third Albert Park 10km Road Race title, with a time of 29:48. Liam and Charlie finished with times of 29:59 and 30:04 respectively.

In the Women’s Open Division it was Alexandra Patterson (Old Xaverians) who claimed her breakthrough victory for the 2017 season, winning in empahtic form ahead of Virginia Moloney (Collingwood). The race was lead by Virginia for the first half, but during the second lap Alexandra made her move and managed to hold onto a decent lead heading into Lakeside Stadiuim, where she finished with a time of 33:22. Virginia wasn’t too far behind at all, crossing the line in a time of 33:45. 

The Open Wheelchair Division saw Samuel Rizzo (Ballarat Region) dominate to the 10km course, ahead of Paralympian Richard Colman. The two were head-to-head for the majority of the first lap, before Samuel made his move and gave himself a decent gap heading into Lakeside Stadium, and crossing the line with a time of 26:43. Richard was a couple on minutes behind, finishing in a time of 28:53.

Click here for a list of full results.

The next event is Lake Wendouree in two weeks! On-the-day entries will again be made available. We look forward to seeing everyone there!


Australian Road Running Championships – Entry Information

With the Road and Cross Country running season now in full swing and excitement is building towards the London 2017 World Championships, Athletics Australia are pleased to announce details of

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the three events that make up the Out of Stadium Championships for 2017.  These events being:

  • The 2017 Australian Half Marathon Championship to be held in conjunction with the Mc Donald’s Half Marathon at the Sunshine Coast Marathon on Sunday August 20th 2017
  • The 2017 Australian Road Running Championship to be held in conjunction with the Adelaide City to Bay 12km event on Sunday 17th September 2017
  • The 2017 Australian Marathon Championship to be held in conjunction with the Blackmores Sydney Marathon at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival on Sunday 17th September 2017

2017 Australian Half Marathon Championship

Date: Sunday 20th August 2017

Venue: Sunshine Coast, QLD
Host Event: Channel 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon

Event Website:

Distance: 21.1km

Individual Championship: Yes

Teams Championship: Yes

Assistance Packages
Athletics Victoria has been invited to send up to six (6) male and six (6) female athletes to contest the 2017 Australian Half Marathon Championship.  The following assistance packages will be available:

– Free race entry to all nominated MA team members
– Use of the Elite Athlete facilities on race day eg. Dressing room
– An elite start at the front of the field
– One night’s twin share accommodation
– Allowance of $150 dollars per athlete
– Ground transport to the start line
– Facility access into/out of Event venue for the athlete briefing

Entry Procedure
All team nominations are due by COB on Wednesday 19th July 2017, to for on-forwarding to the race organisers. The information required for each athlete is:

– Full Name
– Gender

– Date of Birth
– Contact Email address
– Contact Phone number
– Half Marathon Personal Best
– Relevant performances since January 1st, 2016

Each athlete will be contacted by the race organisers independently to arrange their race entry.

Athletes not provided an assistance package or free entry must enter via the event website listed above.  Please be aware of entry deadlines.

2017 Australian Road Running Championship

Date: Sunday 17th September 2017

Venue: Adelaide, SA
Host Event: Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run

Event Website:

Distance:  12km

Individual Championship: Yes

Teams Championship: No

Assistance Packages:
The Adelaide City to Bay has a long history of providing significant assistance to Australia’s elite distance runners. Suitably qualified athletes will be provided with a range of assistance packages that may include travel, accommodation, transfers and race entry. Enquiries regarding potential assistance should be directed to Joe Stevens by email –

Entry Procedure
Athletes not provided an assistance package or free entry must enter via the event website listed above.  Please be aware of entry deadlines. Check official event website for entry close dates, as entry prices are tiered by proximity to the event.

2017 Australian Marathon Championship

Date: Sunday 17th September 2017

Venue: Sydney, NSW
Host Event: Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Event Website:

Distance:  42.195km

Individual Championship: Yes

Teams Championship: Yes

Assistance Packages:  Athletics Victoria has been invited to send up to six (6) male and six (6) female athletes to contest the 2017 Australian Marathon Championship.  The following assistance packages will be available:

– Free race entry to all nominated MA team members
– Use of the Elite Athlete facilities on race day eg. Dressing room
– An elite start at the front of the field
– One night’s twin share accommodation
– Allowance of $150 dollars per athlete
– Ground transport to the start line
– Facility access into/out of Event venue for the athlete briefing

Entry Procedure
All team nominations are to be sent by COB on Wednesday 16th August 2017 to for on-forwarding to the race organisers. The information required for each athlete is:
– Full Name
– Gender
– Date of Birth
– Contact Email address
– Contact Phone number
– Marathon Personal Best
– Relevant performances since January 1st, 2016

Athletes not provided an assistance package or free entry must enter via the event website listed above.  Please be aware of entry deadlines.

General Information
– Only financial members of Athletics Victoria are eligible to compete for an Australian Championship as an individual or in a team category.
– Athletics Australia encourage nominated participants to wear their State or Territory uniform when competing and for presentation ceremonies.
– Prize money for place getters is available in all three events.  Please refer to each event’s website for further details.
– For the Team events at the Sunshine Coast and Sydney, the first three male and female finishers from each competing state will be scored and be eligible for the respective team medals

Albert Park 10km Road Race – Preview

This Sunday will be the fifth running of the Albert Park 10km road race with over 1000 men and women set to face the starters gun at 9.00am.  The Sunday forecast is cold, overcast and windy and will not assist in producing fast times around the two lap course with potential  gusts making the journey home from the turn around point challenging for the entire field.

The 10km event is the third individual race of the XCR’17 Season with Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo Region) and Virginia Moloney (Collingwood) currently leading the Open Men’s and Women’s Championship respectively. Both Buchanan and Moloney have two individual wins each so far, but Moloney is expected to be in great form after her magnificent effort at the Gold Coast Marathon posting the third fastest time this season in 2.29.14.  Moloney also holds the third fastest time over the Albert Park 10km which she set last year in a time of 33.53. Others to watch will be Alexandra Patterson (Old Xaverians) currently second behind Moloney in the Womens Individual Championships and Glenhuntly’s Karinna Fyfe who ran 33.56 in 2015 when the record of 32.33.6 was set by Courtney Powell.

The Mens competition is consistently more open with potential challenges for Buchanan to come from Liam Adams (Athletics Essendon) and Dejen Gebreselassie (Mentone) – both likely to be up the front after finishing second and third respectively in the Half Marathon on the Gold Coast two weeks ago.  Adams won this event in 2016 and holds the fastest time for this course in 29.48.1.

The teams competition is also up for grabs this weekend especially in Mens Premier. After a successful win at Sandown Road Relays, St Stephens (45 pts) are in striking distance of current leaders Box Hill (50pts) with Melbourne University third on 43 points. In the Womens Premier, Glenhuntly lead with 51 pts over Knox on 45 pt and Frankston third on 39 pts.

If you are feeling like a weekend challenge around Albert Park over 10km you can enter on the day from 7.00am. Head to the Athletics Victoria Administration tent located outside Lakeside Stadium Gate 1. Entries are $50. For more event information, head to the XCR Round 6 event page.


Sandown Road Relays – Wrap


So cold.

I feel as if it’s always cold at Sandown. Then again, it would have been cold just about everywhere in Victoria today, so we can’t blame Sandown. In fact, let’s not play the blame game at all. Let’s just get into the wrap of what was an awesome day of running by all (brave) competitors who fronted up, threw the trackpants and hoodies to the side, and gave it a red hot crack. Sidenote: It truly is inspiring watching everyone of all ages tackle the tough 3.1km circuit on a day such as today!

Warning – upset alert! That’s right, St Stephens Harriers took out Men’s Division 1 for the first time since 1974! And it was all thanks to Thomas Thorpe, Samuel Quirk, Lachlan Aspinall, Sean Guiney, Mitchell Cashion and Lachlan Connell. Each lad ran exceptionally well, and managed to beat favourites Box Hill. However, MUAC and in particular Nicholas Earl, put in a courageous effort. Heading into the final leg a good 20 seconds behind Box Hill, Earl managed to catch William Potter and ensure his team of a silver medal!

Over in Women’s Division 1, it was Knox who were too strong for Glenhuntly, taking out the win with impressive performances from all. It was great to see Melissa Duncan back running – and running very strongly. Melissa got her team off to a flying start, which allowed teammates Kate Seibold, Natalie Rule, Katie Gamble and Anna Macdonald to bring it home.

The Men’s 40+ saw APS United bring home the chocolates. Sam McLean was a real standout running the first leg, before allowing teammates Luke Goodman and Mark Frater to do their thing, and ensure their club would reign supreme.

Up in the Men’s 50+ it was Box Hill who were too dominant. Kicking things off was John Meagher who smashed the first leg, which meant for a easy job for Peter Stefanos and Garth Calder, who were able to get into the perfect rhythm and hold strong for the club which is used to winning things in cross country.

The Women’s 40+ was won by Athletics Waverley, with Niamh O’Reilly, Sally Lim and Kirsten Jackson all running very well. Ballarat Region and Mentone rounded out the top three!

Down with the younger competitors, and in the Men’s U20 saw Box Hill have a convincing win! Thomas Sellwood, Mac Anderson and Alexander Ritchie were too strong for their rivals, winning by a good two minutes.

The Women’s U20 was taken out by MUAC. With Emily French, Sarah Lloyd and Ciara Boyd-Squires Long running with great pace and confidence, which allowed them to just pip Knox at the line – in what was a seriously exciting finish to a race!

Click here for a list of full results.


We’re back next weekend at the beautiful Albert Park for the fastest 1okm Road Race Victoria has on offer! On-the-day entries will be availabe for the awesome price of $50, or better yet, pre-enter as a non-Member for the early bird price of $40 – before Wednesday…




XCR’17 – Sandown Road Relays Preview

After one round of relays it really is hard to determine who’s the team to beat. Jells Park seems like forever ago, and with a plethora of individual performances and kilometres under the belt for all athletes, Sandown really is anyone’s game. This weekend is all about fast times and even faster winds. Yep, it’s like doing a lap around Albert Park, but on steroids. Gusts of up to 30km/h are predicted which makes it sweet for half the track, but not so sweet for the other. Basically it’s fine if you’re sitting comfortably in a V8 supercar, but not so fine if you’re using your legs to get from A to B. The good news I guess is that (technically) you’re not going to be doing it alone – you’ll have your teammates there to receive the baton and cheer you on! I still don’t think it’s going to make things any easier though. However (in saying that) I don’t want any of you to take the easy way out! Or as I like to call it ‘doing a Bernard Tomic’. Although if you’re Virginia Moloney, I can see how winning all the time could become quite ‘boring’, but I’m not sure you’d want to retire (financially speaking) from XCR after 10 years. I could be wrong though because our boy Bernie isn’t winning anything, so maybe it’s incorrect to say ‘winning all the time creates boredom’. Or maybe in XCR there simply isn’t anything to get bored about – except for reading these previews!? No doubt your head is spinning and you’re thinking ‘what is this dude on’ and that’s fair enough, I can’t blame you. What I can do though, is guarantee the information below will be on point, unlike our friend Bernies serve – zing.

So let’s see who every team will be gunning for on Saturday…

Box Hill are flying in Men’s Division 1, which means they either had a super pre-season or they’re genuinely the team to beat this year. William Potter is the man leading the charge for Box Hill, with XCR legend Stephen Dinneen holding is own amongst the young-ens.

Western Athletics are on top in Men’s Division 2, which notably doesn’t feature kombucha enthusiast Michael Masseni, but rather the likes of Callum Drake and Liam Cashin, who are both in some solid form this year.

Men’s Division 3 has Athletics Nunawading sitting comfortably above their rivals, with Adrian Mclean the ‘go to man’.

Box Hill join the ‘leader party’ again in Men’s Davison 4, with Welday Mebrahtu holding bragging rights of being the quickest in the team – purely from a Jells Park perspective.

Men’s Division’s 5, 6 and 7 is a real Harriers affair with St Stephens and Richmond in the mix.

Over in the Women’s Division 1 ranking, it’s Glenhuntly who are sitting nicely on top with the likes of Anna Shaw and Karinna Fyfe who are in awesome form, and are dominating on the individual circuit.

Division 2 for the ladies, sees Essendon on the top, after having some help from Rio Olympian Linden Hall at Jells Park. Unfortunately Linden won’t be at Sandown due to European commitments, however, Charlotte Wilson and Emilie Guy are more than capable of getting the job done!

Williamstown look dominant in Women’s Division 3 with doppelgängers Michelle Mathews and Belinda Bozin leading the charge on the track whilst being a sports marketers dream off the track.

For the Women in Division 5 and 6, it’s Knox and Frankston who are looking solid.

Even though it’s a team event, there are always going to be certain individuals to look out for:

  • Nicholas Earl (MUAC) – Finished fifth in the Gold Coast Half-Marathon and has ran in just about everything this year, so won’t be surprised if he fronts up and competes for his team.
  • Zac Newman (MUAC) – Performs exceptionally well on the pavement!
  • Dave Ridley (Doncaster) – Became the Oceania Champion at the Gold Coast Marathon. However, may not be a feature on Saturday due to soreness.
  • Liam Adams (Essendon) – Finsihed second in the Gold Coast Half-Marathon. However, may also be a little sore come Saturday.
  • Dejen Gebreselassie (Mentone) – Won his first XCR event at Cruden Farm and finished third at the Gold Coast Half-Marathon. Looks to be in really good touch and is definitely shaking things up in the individual events this season.
  • Virginia Moloney (Collingwood) – Became the Oceania Champion at the Gold Coast Marathon and is in amazing form. However, may not be a feature for her team due to a well-deserved break.
  • Henrietta Lawrence (Frankston) – Smashed the Gold Coast 10km Road Race and looks to be hitting form at the right time of the season!
  • Gemma Maini (Frankston) – Ran very well at the Gold Coast 10km Road Race after having minimal competition preparation leading into the event due to injury. Looks to have found her groove again and will be a real threat for the back half of the XCR season.
  • Anna Kelly (South Melbourne) – Breakthrough win at Wandin Park, and has been in the mix for most individual events this year. Was recently selected to represent Victoria for the Australian Cross Country Championships in Wollongong and will no doubt be looking to give her team every chance of winning the gold!
  • Alexandra Paterson (Old Xaverians) – Finished second at the Gold Coast 10km Road Race, and has been up there in the top three for most of the individual XCR events this season. Looks to be in red hot form!

This Saturday really is going to an exciting day out at Sandown, with the competition looking as close as it’s ever been – much like it is in the AFL. The atmosphere is already set to be electric with Little Athletics Victoria hosting their Victorian Road Relay Championships at the same venue! That being said, parking may get a little trickier as the day progresses, so be sure to allow yourselves plenty time to find a spot for your vehicle. The weather is looking likely to be fairly chilly, so please dress accordingly. We don’t want anyone to catch a cold a week before Victoria’s fastest 10km road race out at the beautiful Albert Park, where in case you were wondering, on-the-day entries will be made available to all those who wish to compete – at the very generous price of $50!

Good luck to all those competing on Saturday, and may the best team win!





Gold Coast Marathon 2017

If there was ever a Sunday in the last twenty (or so) years to be up on the Gold Coast, yesterday was it. Boiling a kettle first thing in the morning for your car instead of your tea is about as cold/ridiculous as it gets. Guaranteed the thought of Victorian’s waking up in a shiver would have had every Gold Coaster laughing as they casually tucked into a nice barrel at Duranbah (whilst in their boardshorts). However, there were a few who were smart enough to foresee the future, thus entering themselves into either the Marathon, Half-Marathon, or 10km Road Race.

Virginia Moloney (Collingwood) had a race to remember, crossing the line in 28th position overall, and 5th in her grouping. Moloney ran the marathon beautifully and became one of nine Australian females (ever!) to break 2 hours 30 minutes, claiming the Oceania Title in a time of 2:29:14. An truly inspiring race which came as no surprise given Moloney’s incredible form during the current XCR season…

Karinna Fyfe (Glenhuntly) was solid in the Marathon, just as she has been this year during each XCR event. Fyfe ran well to record a time of 2:50:25, which placed her 112th overall and 14th in her grouping.

Alexandra Paterson (Old Xaverians) ran exceptionally well in the 10km Road Race, finishing 2nd overall with a time of 33:10. Henrietta Lawrence (Frankston) and Katie Gamble (Knox) also ran amazingly, recording PB’s of 35:27 and 35:47 respectively. And after a bit of time off with injury, Gemma Maini (Frankston) is back running which is great to see! Maini finished 96th overall and 10th in her grouping with a time of 35:55. Olympian and 2015 Zatopek Champion, Eloise Wellings (NSW), took out the title…

Dave Ridley (Doncaster) was dominant in his Marathon efforts, becoming the Oceania Champion whilst finishing 15th overall and in his grouping respectively. Ridley finished in a personal best time of 2:24:59!

Olympian Liam Adams (Essendon), XCR newcomer Dejen Gerbreselassie (Mentone), MUAC veteran Nick Earl and state representative Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo) all entered into the Half-Marthon, with all four running true to form. Adams finished 2nd overall in a time of 1:03:49, which was slightly off his personal best achieved in Brisbane back in 2012 (1:03:28). Gerbreselassie, who took out Cruden Farm honours (and has been a real threat to the Men’s Open field this year) ran a great race finishing third overall in a time of 1:04:12. Earl, who just seems to keep getting better each year, ran a brilliant race finishing 5th overall with a personal best time of 1:04:52 – cutting just under 2 seconds off his previous PB achieved last year on the Gold Coast. Buchanan, who has already taken out two XCR’17 events in Wandin Park and Bundoora, ran solidly to finish 13th overall with a time of 1:06:12. It was a step-up for Buchanan after competing in the Gold Coast 10km Road Race last year.

A huge congratulations to all who competed!

Click here for a full list of results…



Vale The Honourable Allan William McDonald AO QC

Athletics Victoria along with Melbourne University Athletics Club extend our most sincere sympathy to the family of our longstanding Patron.

Allan McDonaldHon Justice Alan McDonald AO QC served as a Supreme Court Judge from 1988 to 2002.  In his final year at The Geelong College, 1954, he stroked the 1st Rowing VIII, was a member of the 1st XVIII and won the Geelong College Cup for Athletics. He had been a member of the Athletics Team from 1951 to 1954 and the Relay Team from 1951 to 1952.

In 1955, he entered Ormond College, and the University of Melbourne, and graduated in law at the end of 1958. He was awarded a Full Blue for Athletics in 1957 and 1958. In 1959 he placed 5th in the Victorian Championships at the 220 yards, and was part of the MUAC team that was runner up in A Grade. The following year, he won a Victorian Championship in the 4 x 110 yards relay with Kevan Gosper, W Earle and E Sandstrom, and placed fourth in 220 yards final.

After serving his articles and working for a year as a solicitor he signed the Bar Roll on 27 April, 1960, reading in the Chambers of former Collegian, W C Crockett. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1977 and on 29 May, 1988, appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria. While a barrister he was involved in a number of activities. He was President (1976-1978) of the Victorian Amateur Athletics Association (which would become Athletics Victoria), one of eight MUAC members to have filled the role, and President of Athletics Australia (1978-1983). He served as Melbourne University Athletics Club’s Patron for more than 30 years.  On 29 June, 1962, he married Margaret nee Turner.

Athletics Australia obituary

Funeral notice: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of The Hon. Allan William McDonald AO QC to be held at the Wesley Uniting Church, 100 Yarra St, Geelong on TUESDAY (27th June 2017) at 2:00 pm followed by a private cremation.

Woodruff Selected for Indian Opportunity

Woodruff selected for Indian opportunity | Victorian Institute of Sport

The Victorian Institute of Sport, in collaboration with Athletics Victoria, the State Government of Victoria and the (Indian) Olympic Gold Quest, are pleased to announce the appointment of Cathy Woodruff for a two week coaching and mentoring program in Bangalore, India this July.

The appointment of the role for Woodruff came with an extensive résumé of experience within the Track and Field community over a 25 year period. A Level 5 Athletics Australia coach of Sandringham Athletics Club has demonstrated an established track record among developing both junior and senior athletes across a variety of disciplines.

Woodruff has developed a sound understanding of best practice for athlete development, through the engagement of coach mentors including Roy Boyd, Dr John Boas and Dan Pfaff, along with undertaking additional study in the fields of biomechanics, kinesiology and anatomy, among others.

Athletics Victoria CEO, Glenn Turnor, said “Athletics Victoria is very pleased to confirm that Cathy Woodruff has been selected for this position. Cathy is currently the Athletics Victoria Target Talent Program horizontal jumps coach and is also an AV accredited Coaching Course Facilitator.

Cathy’s experience and knowledge includes athlete development and coach mentoring and we look forward to supporting her during this wonderful opportunity.”

Victorian Institute of Sport CEO, Anne Marie Harrison, said “In partnership with Athletics Victoria, the Victorian Institute of Sport are pleased to have highly experienced and respected coach, Cathy Woodruff represent the organisations in India for this exciting opportunity.

Through the Olympic Gold Quest Foundation seeking our expertise, it further highlights that Melbourne is a world-leader in sport by continually producing not only high calibre athletes, but incredible coaches, support staff and services.”

Cathy will commence in early July with the role of coaching the Junior Indian track and field athletes whilst developing Indian sprint coaches in areas such as technique, programming and athlete development.

Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships / Round 4 – Bundoora – Results

It’s official, we’re a broken record. The weather today was insane. Literally the best day of the year – for winter anyway. Although the morning was a little chilly, it didn’t stop Schools arriving in droves and setting up tent city alongside the finish line. To say the atmosphere was electric would be an understatement! There was a feel amognst coaches and athletes that today was going to be a special day. Not only because state selection was up for grabs, but the fact there were record numbers lining themselves up at the start line to tackle the undulating course that is known to be tough!

Getting things underway for the day were the Girls and Boys Under-14 km, with Lucinda Rourke (Williamstown High) claiming the first gold medal in the Girls division, crossing the line with a time of 10:59. Jaimee-Lee Code (Berwick Secondary) was second in a time of 11:12, with Amy Bunnage (Haileybury) rounding out the top three with a time of 11:18. Over in the Boys was Ethan Grills (CBC) who secured the gold medal with a time of 10:13! Kane Marriott (Glen Katherine) was second in a time of 10:14, and Bailey Morrell (Berwick Secondary) was third in a time of 10:21!

Next up was the Under-15 division, with Taryn Fureltti (Kilmore International) taking the top prize ahead of Mia White (MacKillop Catholic) and Nicola Hogg (Firbank). Taryn finished in a time of 14:25, with Mia and Nicola finishing with 14:40 and 14:42 respectively. In the Boys draw it was Samuel Norton (John Fawkner) who narrowly beat Mac Anderson (Melbourne Grammar) and Luca Di Conza (St Kevin’s). Samuel finished with a time of 13:12.

The Under-16 division started with Ebony Dodemaide (Westbourne Grammar) securing a gold medal in the Girls draw, with Georgie Laven (Lilydale High) and Yazmin Hayes (Rochester) rounding out the top 3. The Boys draw was extremely close with Harry Sharp (St Patrick’s) take top honours with a time of 12:56. Daniel D’Alberto (Peninsula Grammar) and Ethan McMinimee (Bacchus Marsh) battled it out for the second position with Daniel just pipping Ethan in times of 12:58 and 12:59 respectively.

Abbey Caldwell (Doncaster Secondary) took out the Girls Under-17 division with a time of 14:04, which was well ahead of second place getter Amy Cornell (Ivanoe Girls’) who finished in a time of 14:40. Lily Peacock (Lilydale High) rounded out the top 3 with a time of 14:42. Over in the Boys draw saw William Collins (Mazenod College) take out first place with a time of 19:39. It was a dominant display of cross country running, as William was able to take down APS heavyweights Nick Fidler (Melbourne Grammar) and Matthew Hussey (St Kevin’s).

In the Under-18 division, it was athletic superstar Sophie O’Sullivan (Wesley) who was too good for Annabelle Eastman (Star of the Sea), taking out another cross country event with a time of 14:14. In the Boys draw it was an all APS affair with Edwards Marks (Wesley) taking out the title in a time of 19:32. James Lightfoot (Carey Grammar) and Kang Nyoak (Wesley) rounded out the top 3 in times of 19:39 and 19:41 respectively.

Combining the Women’s Under-20 Schools and XCR saw Amelia Mazza-Downie (Maribynong and Athletics Essendon) finish third in the XCR bracket and first for her school (22:27). Olivia Weston (St Margaret’s) was behind Amelia in the Schools division, crossing the line in second place with a time of 24:05. Known 800m superstar Georgie Hansen (Box Hill) had a surprise victory in the XCR division, taking out the win in emphatic fashion (with a time of 21:24) ahead of Lauren Ryan (Athletics Essendon) who crossed the line in second place with a time of 21:51. In the Men’s combined it was Cody Shanahan (Western Athletics) who took home the gold in a time of 25:56, ahead of Haftu Strintzos (Glenhuntly) who crossed the line in 26:08.

We would like to than all Schools who have competed in our winter cross country season, and can’t wait to see everybody on the track at the end of the year, for what is sure to be an amazing summer!

The afternoon was all about the Bundoora 10km for both the Women’s and Men’s Open division. All eyes would be on Virginia Moloney (Collingwood), who was coming off a solid win at Cruden Farm. Anna Kelly (South Melbourne) has been in amazing form this year and would also be looking to do well, after already achieveing a first and second place at Wandin Park and Cruden. Gemma Maini (Frankston) was back on the start line which was great to see, and Alexandra Paterson (Old Xaverians) was always going to be in the mix. Virginia got off to a flying start, and from there never looked like giving up her lead, as she went around the whole 10km in first place and finished off convincingly ahead of Alexandra, who also put in an unbelievable effort on a course which had the sun shining on it throughout the whole afternoon. Henrietta Lawrence (Frankston) ran a perfect race, finishing with her best result for the year with a bronze medal!

Women’s Open Top 10:

  1. Virginia Moloney (Collingwood)
  2. Alexandra Paterson (Old Xaverians)
  3. Henrietta Lawrence (Frankston)
  4. Sophie Ryan (Old Xaverians)
  5. Emilie Guy (Athletics Essendon)
  6. Cassie Little (Glenhuntly)
  7. Sarah Waters (Geelong)
  8. Jane Grebinski (South Melbourne)
  9. Sarah James (MUAC)
  10. Kiah Fry (Frankston)

Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo) was a notable absentee at Cruden Farm but was always going to be back at Bundoora to defend his title. Which he did! Andy never looked in doubt from the very beginning, taking it upon himself to take charge and see who would follow. Many tried, but it was Andy who kept his poise, grabbing another Bundoora victory and a spot at the National Cross Country Championships – which he says he will do! Harry Smithers (Geelong) crossed the line in second place, with Mathew Clarke (Old Xaverians) not far behind, rounding out the top 3.

Men’s Open Top 10:

  1. Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo)
  2. Harry Smithers (Geelong)
  3. Mathew Clarke (Old Xaverians)
  4. Toby Rayner (Glenhuntly)
  5. Tom Fawthorpe (Ringwood)
  6. Matthew Johnsen Doncaster)
  7. William Potter (Box Hill)
  8. Martin Mashford (MUAC)
  9. Thomas Hynes (Ballarat0
  10. Stephen Dinneen (Box Hill)


Click here for a list of full results.


Next event on the XCR calendar is the Sandown Road Relays – see you there!