Box Hill Classic 2022
February 5, 2022
The Box Hill Classic returns on 24 March 2022, with 1500m, 3000m and elite 800m events. Click here for more event information.
The Box Hill Classic returns on 24 March 2022, with 1500m, 3000m and elite 800m events. Click here for more event information.
The Box Hill Burn is back again on Tuesday 8 March 2022, featuring 1000m and 5000m events. Click here for more information.
The Box Hill Classic is ON!
Tickets are on sale NOW but hurry, entries close 5pm Sunday 28th of March.
Event page is here: http://www.boxhillathleticclub.org/the-box-hill-classic/
Join us at Box Hill Athletic Club for an exciting night of racing on Tuesday 2nd March 2021. 1000m and 5000m events. To register and for more information CLICK HERE
Box Hill Athletic Club are hosting 200m, 800m, 3000m running events and Triple jump/High jump on Thursday the 30th of January 2020. Details here
A big thanks to all the competitors, volunteers and spectators who made Box Hill Athletic Club’s Whitehorse Twilight meet a huge success.
There was a record number of participants, and perfect weather conditions ensured that there were plenty of PBs.
Congratulations to our two winners of the 1500m A grade events. Andre Waring won the Graham Crouch trophy for the men’s A grade race and Sarah Billings won the trophy for the women’s A grade race.
It was a good day for Box Hill at the Tan in the final event of the XCR ’19 season, with a win in the women’s Division 2 competition, 2nd place to our Premier Division men and Over 50 women and third place to the Over 50 men, the Under 20 men, the Under 20 women and the Under 16 men.
Despite several withdrawals from our Premier Division men’s team, the team ran very well to put our team in contention all the way and finish a close 2nd. Special mention to Adrian Potter, who ran a brilliant first leg in the fast time of 10:49 for his lap of the Tan and to 16 year Doug Buckeridge, who stepped up to the open Premier Division team and held his own against older more experienced opponents.
Our Division 2 women’s team were clear winners and cemented their place on top of the ladder and will now be promoted back to the Premier division next year.
|Men Premier Division (Team place: 2nd)|
Adrian Potter 10:49
Nick Baggott 11:18
Doug Buckeridge 11:41
Michael Dowel 11:36
Alex Ritchie 11:37
Andre Waring 11:14
Men Division 2 (Team place: 10th)
Michael Vaughan 12:58
Russell Clowes 13:03
Dylan Perera 13:08
Josh de Stefanis 12:47
Paul Prentice 13:56
Raymond Chan 13:30
Men Division 3 (Team place: 14th)
Kennedy Chen 14:17
Simon St. Hill 16:18
Jack Ewinson 13:46
Shane Holt 13:36
Ross Thomas 13:13
Men Division 5
Men Over 50 (Team place: 3rd)
Peter Stefanos 15:00
Chris O’Connor 15:14
John Meagher 12:48
Men Under 20 (Team place: 3rd)
Jack Stummer 12:572
Darcy Powne 12:373
Josh McLeod 12:17
Men Under 16 (Team place: 3rd)
Jordan Abbott 12:40
Thomas Diamond 14:17
Izak Bibile 12:42
Women Division 2 (Team place: 1st)
Marlie Campton 13:50
Steph Kondogonis 14:11
Katherine Foley 14:33
Courtney Powell 13:02
Women Over 40 (Team place: 4th)
Caitlin Harrison 18:19
Kerry Putt 17:57
Kamaan Ip 17:11
Women Over 50 (Team place: 2nd)
June Petrie 15:53
Amanda Harper 16:43
Pia Hunter 15:53
Women Under 20 (Team place: 3rd)
Breanna Croall 15:14
Christine Ashton 15:45
Sophie Westcott 15:05
Women Under 161. Khushi Deol 16:02
Congratulations to our Women’s Division 2 team, Women over 50 and Men over 50, who all won XCR’19 premierships.
Our men’s Premier division team also performed extremely well this year. Having won four of the last five premierships, we encountered tough opposition and some back luck throughout the year to finish in second place
Let’s hope that we can get back on top next year.
Box Hill athletes Nana Owusu-Afriyie (4x100m relay), Harry Summers (10,000m), and Georgia Griffith (1500m) have been selected to represent Australia at the World Athletics Championships in Doha later this month.
It is a huge honour to be selected to represent your country and Box Hill is very proud. A big shout out to our Box Hill coaches Tony ‘as fast as a leopard’ Marsh (Nana) and Steve ‘not sure about that’ Ellinghaus (Georgia).
The Championships will be televised on Foxtel (Eurosport).
The selections followed a successful weekend last month at the National Cross Country Championships in Wollongong, NSW, where several Box Hill athletes represented Victoria.
Courtney Powell came a very impressive 4th in the Open Women’s 10k, and Andre Waring 8th in the Open Mens. Congratulations to both.
In the Womens U18, Ashlee Treagus finished an impressive 7th. In the Women’s Under 20 6k, Holly Hart, who stepped up from the 800m, finished 39th, while Amy Atkinson (also a 800m runner) unfortunately was injured at the 4 kilometre mark and had to withdraw.
In the Men’s Under 20s, Josh Mcleod finished 13th, while in the Under 18s Doug Buckeridge placed 15th (4th in the Under 17 age group) and Dharma Deal 49th. Unfortunately, Mac Anderson (son of legendary distance runner Darren) was forced to withdraw due to injury a few weeks back.
By Ian Sloane
Congratulations to all those who participated in the Burnley Half Marathon on Sunday. There were good individual results and Box Hill was 3rd in the women’s division 2 and 40+. The men’s 50+ team also scored a 3rd place.
We were greeted with blue skies and chilly temperatures. The Burnley course is flat and fast. There were 140 female finishers in the open race and 402 male finishers. More started, but withdrew during the race.
Box Hill had fewer representatives in the half marathon than we have had in previous winter races this year, with a number of our best performers out with injury or unavailable. When the race started just after 8am, the runners had to complete multiple laps to finish the 21.1 kilometre course. A group of five or six athletes led out after a couple of kilometres. Dave Ridley (Doncaster), Ryan Geard (Western), Liam Adams (Essendon) and Matthew Hudson were some of the prominent athletes. Leading Box Hill runners at this early stage were Klarie McIntyre, 19th, Nick Baggott, 24th, Alex Ritchie, 35th, John Meagher, 45th and Josh De Stefanis, 50th. John Dutton was obscured when he ran through, and he was in the top 10% as was seen the next time the runners ran past the finish point. Steph Kondogonis was the leading female athlete, with Pia Hunter, June Petrie, Kat Foley and Kaman Ip making up the rest if the team.
Geard, and Adams were running in close proximity to Ridley and Hudson, and Matthew Johnsen (Doncaster) had moved into fifth position and was moving well. Klarie McIntyre was in 16th position, Nick Baggott was in 21st position, John Dutton was in 32nd position, Alex Ritchie was in 42nd place, Josh De Stefanis was 54th and John Meagher was 57th. Steph Kondogonis was he best placed female Box Hill athlete, so way ahead of Pia Hunter, June Petrie and Kaman Ip.
The next time the leaders appeared, Geard and Adams put the foot down on the accelerator and broke up the pack, with Ridley, Hudson and Johnsen the next three competitors. Klarie McIntyre was 17th, Nick Baggott 22nd, John Dutton held 31st, Alex Ritchie was 40th with John Meagher 62nd, Jos De Stefanis, around 65th and Russell Clowes about 95th. The race becomes difficult to follow in the concluding laps, because slower runners are being lapped by the quicker runners. There is a constant stream of human traffic and it is easy to miss runners buried within a larger group.
Adams and Geard remained in front, with Ridley and Johnsen the next to to pass where the finish would be. Klarie Mcintyre improved his place two positions and was 15th, Nick Baggott was 23rd, John Dutton was 36th, Alex Ritchie was 40th, Jos De Stefanis was around 65th and John Meagher was around 68th. Russell Clowes, Dylan Perera, Michael Vaughan, Jackson Deane, Shane Holt, Tony Langelaan, Steph Kondogonis, and Jack Hill were the next Box Hill runners to pass by, before the writer had to move to the finishing chute when the leaders emerged in the distance.
Geard put in a surge and Adams didn’t respond, so Geard won the race by 14 seconds from Adams, with Ridley coming back at Adams, seven seconds further back. Johnsen too fourth with Hudson fifth. Klarie McIntyre’s strong finish carried him past two more competitors, so he finished 13th, with a two minute PB, no mean feat. Nick Baggott picked up more places as well to finish 20th. John Dutton also finished strongly and came 33rd, with Alex Ritchie placing 47th. Jos De Stefanis, 64th, John Meagher, 72nd and Russell Clowes, 100th, made the top 100 as well. Tony Langelaan ran well in his age group0 and time wise to finish159th. Simon St Hill saw the benefit of his relatively new running shoes to knock six minutes off his PB, finishing 298th. Anna Kelly (Invitation) won the women’s race from Kiah Fry (Frankston) and Fasika Metafriya (Essemdon) was third. Steph Kondogonis placed 23rd, Pia Hunter was 60th, June Petrie was 69th and Kaman Ip was 77th.
Post-race analysis showed that St Stephens won the men’s team race from Western Athletics and Geelong were third. Box Hill recorded its leanest placing of the season and finished fourth in the Premier Division. SSH have now secured the Premier Division Premiership, their first overall victory since 1966 when they won both Cross Country and Road pennants. They won the VAAA Cross Country Championship in 1967 (when there were separate Cross Country and Road Championships). Box Hill’s Women’s Division 2 team finished third.
Kushi Deol came 13th in the under 14 Women’s race.
Jack Ewison was 5th in the under 14 Men’s race.
Kennedy Chenplaced 21st in the under 20 Men’s race.
Male Individual placings
1 Ryan Geard Western Aths 64:59
2 Liam Adams Aths Essendon 65:13
3 Dave Ridley Doncaster 65:20
13 Klarie McIntyre Box Hill 66:45
20 Nick Baggott Box Hill 67:50
33 John Dutton Box Hill 70:22
47 Alex Ritchie Box Hill 72:24
64 Josh De Stefanis Box Hill 74:11
72 John Meagher Box Hill 74:51
100 Russell Clowes Box Hill 76:43
107 Dylan Perera Box Hill 77:17
113 Michael Vaughan Box Hill 77:38
118 Jackson Deane Box Hill 78:18
148 Shane Holt Box Hill 80:22
159 Tony Langelaan Box Hill 80:46
234 Jack Hill Box Hill 87:17
298 Simon St Hill Box Hill 93:21
331 Chris O’Connor Box Hill 98:48
392 Andrew Tunne Box Hill 119:20
Female Individual placings
1 Anna Kelly Invitation 74:22
2 Kia Fry Frankston 85:44
3 Fasika Metafriya Aths Essendon 76:35
23 Steph Kondogonis Box Hill 85:44
60 Pia Hunter Box Hill 93:07
69 June Petrie Box Hill 95:56
77 Kaman Ip Box Hill 97:31
Under 14 Women
13 Kushi Deol Box Hill 22:58
Under 14 Men
5 Jack Ewison Box Hill 18:00
Under 20 Men
21 Kennedy Chen Box Hill 20:01
Division 1 Team Scores
1 St Stephens Harriers 91
2 Western Athletics 104
3 Geelong Region 127
4 Box Hill 165
5 Melbourne University 210
Division 2 Team Scores
1 Frankston 173
2 Bendigo Region 220
3 APS United 263
4 Mentone 402
5 Box Hill 406
Division 3 Team Scores
1 Victorian Cross Country League 336
2 Athletics Waverley 421
3 Malvern Harriers 484
7 Box Hill 626
Men 40+ Team Score
9 Box Hill 106
Men 50+ Team Scores
1 Old Xaverians 33
2 APS United 36
3 Box Hill 38
Division 2 Team Scores
1 Glenhuntly 65
2 Mentone 94
3 Box Hill 135
Women 40+ Team Scores
1 APS United 26
2 Mentone 36
3 Box Hill 50
Box Hill’s Andre Waring took home a silver medal and stepped on to the podium for the first time at the 15km road championship in Ballarat on 27 July. It was another great day for the club, with our women winning Division 2, Division 4 and the 50+ Division. Our mens 50+ team also claimed gold.
By Ian Sloane
What a miraculous day in Ballarat! Although chilly, it was not freezing and there was practically no wind. These were the most perfect conditions that longer-term members could recall since 1982, a hot year when the race was contested at Fisherman’s Bend. Box Hill life member, Brian Lewry, a Ballarat resident, who came to watch the race, noted the rarity of an absence of wind, the glass-like conditions on Lake Wendouree and the lack of snow and ice on competitors.
Many of the competitors were slowed up en route by roadworks at Rockbank where two lanes of the highway were reduced to one lane with a traffic snarl that took up to 30 minutes to clear. Fortunately most, if not all, travelling to the Lake Wendouree course arrived in time to compete.
There were fewer competitors than is usual for AV races, and there were 142 female finishers and 366 male finishers in the 15 kilometre road championship, which was well down on the number of contestants racing in the 10 k road race and the 10 k cross country race.
The junior races involved one circuit of Lake Wendouree, and preceded the open events. Box Hill was represented by Kennedy Chen in the under 20 6 k road race. He placed 21st.
The senior race consisted an out-and-back loop of three kilometres and two clockwise loops of Lake Wendouree. Box Hill had 20 male competitors and nine female competitors. The men’s and women’s races were run simultaneously.
The race commenced at 2.30pm and the runners set off running in an anti-clockwise direction on the out-and-back 3km loop. When the leaders came into view there was a pack of 11 or 12 runners. This pack included Andy Buchanan, the eventual winner, Ryan Geard (Western Aths), Liam Cashin (Western Aths), Jack Davies (SSH), Tom Fawthorpe (Knox), Andre Waring (Box Hill) and Julian Spence (Ballarat). Andre held 9th position at this stage. Nick Baggott (about 20th), Steve Dinneen Klarie McIntyre (both in the top thirty), John Dutton, about 27th, and Alex Ritchie around 32nd made up the Division 1 team A second pack formed and it included Joshua Maisey (Doncaster), Tom Thorpe (SSH), Jack Holden (St Kevins), Jamie Wagstaff (SSH) and Callum Drake (Western Aths).
At the completion of the first of the two full laps of the lake Andy Buchanan had developed an extremely wide gap over the rest of the field. The pursuing group had been whittled away to six runners, including Spence, Davies who was 4th, Andre Waring 5th (and looking extremely fluent and strong) and Thorpe. Nick Baggott passed the 9km point in 23rd, with Steve Dinneen, 26th, Klarie McIntyre, 27th Alex Ritchie 37th and John Dutton 40th, completing the Box Hill Premier Division team. St Stephens Harriers had six athletes in the top 25, so it was clear that they were in the lead in the team’s race. Western Aths had a strong showing with five runners through before our last Division 1 team member. Their sixth team member was approximately 50th, so it was evident that we would be struggling to win the team’s race.
Zac Hunter crossed in 67th place, John Meagher was 70th, Ross Thomas was 72nd, supported by Russell Clowes, Michael Vaughan, and Dylan Perera in the Division 2 team. Following these athletes were Jackson Deane, Paul Prentice, Tony Langenaan, Shane Holt, and Jack Hill our Division 3 team. Chris O’Connor, Simon St Hill and Andrew Tunne completed our list of competitors.
Andrew Buchanan held on strongly to win the race in the extremely fast time of 44:17. Andre Waring absolutely stormed home to run away from Spence, who was third and Davies and Thorpe who were fourth and fifth respectively. Andre’s time was 44:57, an extraordinarily fast time. The 15km road championship is normally won in 46 to 47 minutes. The times run by the leading athletes were reflective of the benign conditions.
Box Hill Division 1 team members were Nick Baggott, 22rd, Steve Dinneen, 23rd, Alex Ritchie (who passed a number of other clubs’ runners in the final lap) placed 27th, and John Dutton improved his position to 36th. The Box Hill Premier Division team finished third.
Box Hill’s Division 2 team comprised Zac Hunter, 65th, Ross Thomas, 66th, Russell Clowes 80th, John Meagher (second in his age division behind Steve Moneghetti), 82nd, Michael Vaughan, 86th, and Dylan Perera, who was 88th. The team was second in their division.
The Division 3 team was made up of Jackson Deane, 96th, Paul Prentice (third in his age division), 101st, Tony Langelaan (second in his age division), 121st, Shane Holt, 171st, and Jack Hill, 189th. The team placed third. Chris O’Connor was 270th, Simon St Hill was 264th and Andrew Tunne was 357th. Our 40+ team was 3rd. Our 50+ team had another win, its fifth for the season. More importantly, they regained the season’s lead on the premiership ladder from APS, which finished fourth at Ballarat.
The women’s race, like the 10 k road race, was harder to follow because the female athletes were interspersed among the generally larger male runners, which made it more difficult to count and identify them. Gemma Maini (Frankston) led early from Kiah Fry (Frankston), with Tamara Quinn (Collingwood) third. Later, Fry surged and Maini slowed marginally, to be overtaken by Quinn. Fry won the race easily and has been very successful in the winter races this year. Steph Kondogonis got off to one of her best starts this year and was clearly in the top 15. She lifted her position to 13th in the last lap, which was a very solid effort. Julie Norney is running brilliantly at the moment and she won her age division by over two-and-a-half minutes, which was a magnificent achievement. She placed 27th in the race overall. Kat Foley has been running very well this year and has improved each time she has raced. I stand to be corrected, but I believe this was her best winter placing. If it wasn’t it was still a great effort to make the top 30. Just two places behind Kat Foley was Lucinda Buckley who was 32nd, running to a sensible race plan, not leaving all it all on the road in the first part of the race. Running similarly was Jess Muirden who placed 34th. Together these five leading performances were good enough to eclipse all the other Division 2 teams for the fourth time in seven races. They now lead the Division 2 premiership race by a substantial margin.
The Division 4 team also won their division. Pia Hunter ran well to record 63rd, placing 4th in her age division. The same can be said of June Petrie who placed 69th, winning the gold medal in her age division by over nine minutes, a notable feat. Rachel Johnson placed 82nd (and 10th in her age group) and Kamen Ip was 102nd (she was 13th in her age division).
The 40+ team placed third and Box Hill is second on the ladder. The 50+ women’s team had their seventh win for the season and are head and shoulders above the other clubs in this competition.
Men’s 15 K road race results
1. Andrew Buchanan Bendigo 44:17
2 Andre Waring Box Hill 44:57
3 Julian Spence Ballarat 45:05
4 Ryan Geard Western Athletics 45;12
5 Jack Davies St Stephens Harriers 45:20
6 Tom Thorpe St Stephens Harriers 45:32
22 Nicholas Baggott Box Hill 47:49
23 Steve Dinneen Box Hill 47:56
27 Alexander Ritchie Box Hill 48:04
32 Klarie McIntyre Box Hill 48:41
36 Peter Dutton Box Hill 49:04
65 Zac Hunter Box Hill 51:13
66 Ross Thomas Box Hill 51:15
80 Russell Clowes Box Hill 52:36
82 John Meagher Box Hill 52:42 (2nd 54 – 59)
86 Michael Vaughan Box Hill 52:49
88 Dylan Perera Box Hill 53:10
96 Jackson Deane Box Hill 53:48
101 Paul Prentice Box Hill 53:58 (3rd 45 – 49)
121 Tony Langelaan Box Hill 55:10 (3rd 50 – 54)
171 Shane Holt Box Hill 58:29
189 Jack Hill Box Hill 59:32
207 Chris O’Connor Box Hill 60:30 (11th 55 – 59)
264 Simon St Hill Box Hill 64:08 (15th 50-54)
357 Andrew Tunne Box Hill 82:48 (24th 60-99)
1 SSH 98
2 Western Athletics 123
3 Box Hill 142
1 APS 445
2 Box Hill 446
3 Bendigo 501
1 VCCL 247
2 South Melbourne 620
3 Aths Waverley 640
4 Box Hill 671
1 Geelong 28
2 Old Xavierians 37
3 Box Hill 42
4 Ballarat 42
1 Box Hill 27
2 Bendigo 46
3 Ballarat 46
4 APS 68
Under 20 6 K road race
21 Kennedy Chen Box Hill 23:49
Women’s 15 K road race results
1 Kiah Fry Frankston 51:42
2 Tamara Quinn Collingwood 52:47
3 Gemma Maini Frankston 53:02
13 Steph Kondogonis Box Hill 56:19
27 Julie Norney Box Hill 58:33 (1st 50 – 54)
30 Katherine Foley Box Hill 59:25
32 Lucinda Buckley Box Hill 59:39
34 Jessie Muirden Box Hill 60:00
63 Pia Hunter Box Hill 64:00 (4th 50 – 54)
69 June Petrie Box Hill 64:55 (1st 55 – 59)
82 Rachel Johnson Box Hill 67:12 (10th 40 – 44)
102 Kaman Ip Box Hill 71:14 (13th 40 – 44)
1 Box Hill 162
2 Glen Huntly 213
3 Malvern 222
1 Box Hill 164
2 Ballarat 268
3 Traralgon 277
1 Mentone 34
2 APS 34
3 Box Hill 37
1 Box Hill 10
2 Waverley 46
3 Doncaster 71