After last week’s muddy sprint relays, the boys were relieved to have some dry weather and track for a fast race. This year’s first cross-country meeting of official distances commenced at Centennial Park.
The start featured a sharp bottleneck over uneven tree roots, before quickly tapering into a long 1km straight along the white fence, a relatively flat, wide gravel track with multiple hairpin corners, provided for some fast, intelligent and strategic racing.
Commencing at 9am the boys were eager to race, with many of the boys debuting at new distances. It was a strong start to the season.
Juniors 4km (14s and under)
After a strong start from our boys, they quickly settled into a rhythm. Towards the end of the first 2km lap, there were some definite surges in pace, particularly from Jake McEvoy, as he passed through the tunnel of spectators. Even after tripping over, earlier in the race, he was not phased and quickly gained momentum and positions.
It’s great to see the boys incorporating some risks into their race tactics. This will only make for better runners.
Within the Juniors, we had Joshua Peters leading the field for the Waverley boys, finishing 32nd out of 181 runners.
Intermediate Age Group (15s – 16s)
This group commenced soon after, demanding three laps of hard running from the boys (6km). With the temperature heating up, our Waverley boys rose to the challenge. As the other age groups watched the race eagerly, it was hard not to take note of how comfortable the pace looked for Asher Thomasyu, as he rolled through the field, finishing 12th out of 149 runners.
It is also important to note the performance of Jack Richardson, who turned up to Centennial Park eager to race, prior to his 14As rugby game just a few hours later. This really highlights the true Waverley spirit instilled within him. Great job, Jack.
Seniors Race (17s – 18s)
With the weather even warmer, the final event took to the course – the 8km seniors race (17s-18s). With a fast start from all of our boys, we all settled into our respective rhythms. Early into the race, a small group of three Waverley boys running together settled into the front pack, working together to help one another.
Two laps into the race, a definite move from Mackenzie Palmer saw him to the front of the Waverley boys. Mackenzie ended up with a strong place of 17th out of 139 runners.
Overall, Waverley’s runners continued the strong start to the season with some very respectable results across the board. With all boys seeing improvement in training, the Waverley College Cross Country team is looking very strong. We’re looking forward to St Ives Showground next week, to tackle the hills.
Waves to Win!
Campbell Groves and Hugo Morgan (Co-Captains 2023)
Waverley College Cross Country