State Cross Country Championships

On Thursday, 16 of McKinnon's finest endurance superstars headed off to Bundoora Park for the State Cross Country Championships.
Our day got off to a fantastic start, with Genevieve O'Brien (10th) and Katherine Hart (14th) both having super runs in the girls event.

The next event, the Boys U13 race, had to be seen to be believed as Will Sharp from Year 7 tripped and fell at the start line to be left behind by the entire field of 80 runners. Over the next 3 kilometres Will managed to overtake every single competitor, finishing with an astounding victory and State Championship. His teammates Nick Poulos, Levi Scholz, Nathan Smith and Ishan Malakar also deserve congratulations for making it to this level in the team event and having solid runs themselves although we didnt finish with a medal.

Jason Clayton from Year 8 finished 7th in the Under 14 race in the best McKinnon time for the day of 9:08 minutes.

Josh Kah (20th) and Sophie Highnam (4th) had fantastic runs in their events, as did Rachel Braude (22nd), Jack Highnam (16th) and Harry Amner (33rd) in the senior events.

Last, and certainly not least, Will Ockenden U16 competed in one of the fastest paced 5km events ive seen. The first 5 runners burnt off the rest of the field in the first kilometre and the pace didnt let off. Will managed to finish in a brilliant time of 14:34 minutes for the 5km and took home 2nd place and the State Silver medal.

Well done to the entire team for your wonderful performances on the day, and throughout the entire cross-country competition this year.


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