Road Runners Win Two Relay Medals

After a fairly successful relay outing a fortnight ago, The Geelong College Cross Country squad headed off to Princes Park in Carlton for the Athletics Victoria All Schools Road Relays. With initially seven teams entered, we had six toe the starting line after some withdrawals due to injury and sickness. The under-16s raced over four legs of 2.2km, while the under-18 and 20 teams raced over 3.2km per leg.

With just the girls U16 team over the 4x2.2km distance, interest was focused on whether the girls could score a podium finish again. Haileybury and Wesley have had a fierce rivalry over the past few seasons in the girls competition, so how we could match it with them was utmost in the girls’ thinking.

Skye Ellis ran a brilliant first leg to come in second just behind Haileybury but ahead of Wesley. Ella Willson and Mia Kemp ran brilliantly over the next two legs to give us a slim lead going into the final leg. With her usual  determination, Cassidy Bradshaw was not going to surrender her six-second lead easily. Wesley’s Zoe Woods chased hard, but Cassidy, running the fastest leg for our team, held on to defeat Wesley by one second. A great performance by our girls to secure the gold.

With five teams (boys' U18 and 20 teams, girls' U18 and two U20 teams) competing over the 4x3.2km relay, everyone was in a mood to do their best after the U16 girls' inspiring win.

With the boys' U16 and U18 team having withdrawals, the remnants of both combined to form an U18 team and competed solidly, with a splendid run from the rapidly improving Myles Vagg (12:04) being the highlight.

The girls’ U18 team showed consistency, all running within a minute of each other to just miss completing the relay in under the hour, by a mere four seconds.

The U20 boys showed improvement, moving up to 16th place from the 19th place a fortnight ago. Andrew Synoradzki ran a scorcher of 10:38 to lead the team off.

The U20 girls' No.1 team was determined to improve at Princes Park after finishing sixth at the Jells Park relays. Girls’ skipper, Mimmi Balaam ran her usual consistent strong run to have us in third position at the first changeover. Ellie Barr and Pippi McDonald ran strong legs of similar times to keep us in the hunt for a medal at the last changeover. In fifth place, it was up to Liv Richardson to pull back 25 seconds from Sacre Couer and six seconds from Ruyton. With a superb run of 11:00, Liv ran the team into third place to claim the bronze medal for the College. Once again the Girls’ U20 2nd team ran a solid race over the course.

The attitude and application of all the students has been outstanding. Consequently the results are testament to this. Round 2 of the APS Cross Country is at Geelong Grammar on 26 May. As no bus is arranged for transport, parents are reminded students will need to be at GGS at 8.30am. A great morning of racing is guaranteed.

Graeme Watkins
TIC Cross Country

Photos courtesy of Olivia Richardson and Anna Kemp

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