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XCR ’19 Round 4 – Anglesea

June 22, 2019

Box Hill’s senior runners were in top form at the Anglesea Ekiden relays on 22 June, with our men and women over 50 teams both claiming first place. Our division 1 men, division 2 men and women over 40 teams were placed third.

By Ian Sloane

Wintry conditions greeted all competitors, officials and supporters at Anglesea on Saturday 22 June, with several bursts of rain that fortunately abated as the afternoon wore on.  The course was in poor condition, not particularly well signposted, according to our runners, and extremely muddy.  Many athletes finished plastered in mud after slipping or falling over, many head-first.  A number of competitors commented on how dangerous it was, particularly the downhill sections. This is not a spectator friendly course and the only way clubs can encourage and cheer on their team members is by going out on the course, which is not ideal because the track is very narrow, both out and back.  The alternative is to stand at or near the finish.
The Ekiden is a Japanese invention, with the total elapsed distance equaling that of a marathon.  The first ekiden was held in Japan in 1917 as a 3-day, 23-stage run over 508 kilometres from Kyoto to Tokyo.  Later, the distance was rationalised to 42.195 kilometres. The Victorian version has six stages (for Premier Division and Division 2, with a reduction in the number of legs to be run for other grades and the female races) and has a large off-road component.

After the brilliant showing at Bundoora, the Box Hill Men’s Premier Division team was in a buoyant mood prior to the start.  Pam Noden, the starter, sent the field on its way commencing with Men’s Division 2 and Division 3 teams commencing the staggered start which extended over nearly an hour so that there was a reduced chance of falls and collisions in the starting area as well as to minimise congestion on the course.  There are parts of the course where it is extremely difficult to overtake an opponent.
The Box Hill Premier Division team was headed by Harry Summers.  Harry ran out of sight of the other Premier Division teams according to the other club runners after he started the ascent.  Unfortunately, a course marshal directed him the wrong way and what should have been a race-winning lead was turned into a desperate attempt to find the course again.  To his great credit, Harry didn’t throw in the towel and did his best to retrieve the situation, and nearly caught the Collingwood runner in front of him as he tried to recover lost time.  There was a deficit of 4 minutes 30 seconds, behind Doncaster (Joel Tobin-White), the leaders at the end of the first circuit, with SSH a further 28 seconds behind in second and Essendon, third, 55 seconds in arrears. Harry was not the only athlete given inadequate directions, with a number of athletes having to double back after a wrong turn. The course signposting and appropriate briefing of officials clearly needs attention.

Andre Waring ran a really fine race in last week’s Victorian 10 k Cross Country, and he knew what he had to do in his leg as he set off. He ran a great leg, recording the third fastest time of the day in this leg, eclipsed only by Jamie Wagstaff (SSH) and Ben Kelly (GH).  This brought the team into eighth place, within two minutes 31 second of third. This gave us a strong chance of getting our team placing back up the order.  SSH led the race, with Doncaster second and Western Athletics third.
Will Potter also ran a very impressive race at Bundoora and he set out in a very resolute manner.  Will is always at the front end of the field and he has been performing impressively each time the spikes or racing flats have been pulled on this year.  Saturday was no exception and he gave it everything for the team.  He pulled Box Hill into fifth position (86:16), a remarkable effort. He was the fastest runner on the day over this leg, 17 seconds faster than anyone else, a brilliant effort for himself and his teammates.  Even better, we were now just 70 seconds down on third.  SSH led (81:57), followed by Doncaster (83:39) with Western Athletics third (85:06).  This gave the team strong hope for a higher placing.

Nick Baggott was our fourth runner.  He gave his best and recorded the fourth fastest time on the day for this fourth leg.  It was apparent that no club was going to overtake SSH, but Box Hill still had a chance with improving its fifth position being 45 seconds down on Melbourne University (fourth) and one minute 52 seconds down on Western Athletics (third).  Doncaster was in second position, behind SSH, but their best runners were in the tent and they had two female runners running the fifth and sixth legs (with respect, not elite athletes) which suggested that there was a chance that other teams could possibly overtake their team.
Box Hill’s fifth leg was run by Alex Ritchie.  Readers of previous race reports will be aware that Alex is improving at every outing this year and last week placed 20th in the 10 k Victorian Cross Country Championship, his best ever effort. 

This week was no different and he ran the second fastest leg over this distance on the day in 18:31 eclipsed only by Cody Shanahan (Wes) who ran 18:01 for the circuit. Only four runners in this leg bettered 19:00.  Alex took time from the SSH runner (Guiney).  He passed the Melbourne University runner, the Doncaster runner and extended Box Hill’s lead over Geelong and Glen Huntly, meaning that at the end of the leg, he had brought the team into third position. This was a tremendous effort which made Steve Dinneen’s position a lot less difficult to defend, because Alex gave the team a 47 second buffer over fourth-placed Geelong and a 61 second gap over fifth-placed Melbourne University.

Steve Dinneen, our final runner, has not raced this year after suffering an injury.  He was extremely determined to anchor the team to a medal, after the earlier drama involving the official misdirecting the first runner.  There were only four athletes who broke 16:00 for this leg including the APS Division 2 final runner.
Steve was one of these three Premier Division runner, running the second fastest time on the day of 15:10 for the last leg. Only Lachlan Aspinall (SSH) was quicker, recording 15:09. This meant that Steve took a big chunk out of Western Athletics’ lead over Box Hill and he ran away from all the other teams behind Box Hill to bring our team home for a bronze medal, a remarkable achievement.  We estimate that the wrong direction cost the team at least six minutes.  SSH won the race by three minutes and 15 seconds from Western Athletics, with Box Hill a further one minute 46 seconds behind in third. SSH were five minutes one second ahead of our team.  It was an unfortunate outcome but one we now have to take into our stride as we attempt to reclaim the Premier Division lead in the premiership race.

Our Division 2 team also placed third.  Josh de Stefanis opened up and struck a number of Division 2 athletes in top form.  Josh brought the team into eighth place with a time of 33:34, with Brady Threlfall pushing his team (Bendigo) into the lead, where it stayed for the rest of the race. Mentone and Old Xavierians were tied for second.  Keilor St Bernards was fourth and Western Athletics was fifth. Frankston was sixth and Richmond seventh.  Our team was close enough to chase a higher position. 
Zac Hunter was the second runner for our team and he recorded 32:32 for the next circuit. Bendigo maintained its lead over APS and Frankston moved from sixth to third. KSB jumped to fourth.  Zac lifted the position to seventh, 6:26 behind the leaders.  Bendigo and APS had opened up a very large gap on the field, and only the Frankston team looked like they might bridge the gap briefly.

Dylan Perera was next on the tarmac for Box Hill. He recorded a respectable time of 27:34 maintaining our team in seventh position. The first three teams, Bendigo, APS and Frankston, remained unchanged in this leg.  There were no other changes of position.
The fourth leg was run by Ross Thomas, and there were some interesting things happen in this circuit of the course.  Bendigo and APS maintained their ascendancy at the front of the field.  Frankston dropped from third to eighth. Western Athletics moved from sixth to third and Box Hill advanced through Ross’s strong effort to fourth, just 21 seconds in arrears of Western Aths.  Box Hill was 37 seconds ahead of fifth-placed Mentone.

Michael Vaughan ran off in pursuit of the three teams in advance of us. He ran a solid leg reducing Western Athletics team’s lead for third place to just seven seconds, an excellent outcome. Bendigo and APS held first and second places – no change there.  He also stretched our lead over Mentone to 3:10, so there was no likelihood of them getting onto level terms with Box Hill in the last lap. 
Our final runner was Russell Clowes and he ran 65 seconds faster than hos Western Athletics opponent to lift Box Hill into third position, behind Bendigo and APS in that order.  His leg time was 17:02, the third fastest in Division 2. WES was fourth, KSB, fifth, Mentone sixth, Richmond seventh and Frankston was eighth.

Our Division 3 team was three runners short of a team, so Shane Holt (37;06) and Kennedy Chen (37:07) were unable to complete the race.
Our men’s 50 + team got to the lead in the first seconds of the race and did not surrender it for the entire race. John Meagher ran the fastest time for the leg being One minute 39 seconds quicker than any other 50+ runner.  Tony Langelaan followed up this faultless start by maintaining the lead and running the second quickest time for the second leg in his age division. Chris O’Connor anchored the team to victory, completing the third leg in the third quickest time of the day in this age division.  Together, these athletes make a formidable combination, and, on the day, our team crossed the line two minutes clear of APS, second and 10 minutes 45 seconds ahead of Ballarat, third. 

There were only four Box Hill women available to run the relay (other than age division competitors), so we fielded a Division 2 team which finished fifth.  The times in the provisional results showed that Jess Muirden ran 39:37, Rachel Johnson completed the second leg in 34:37, Amy Carrig (on her return to competition) ran 29:40 and the fourth runner, Freya Henricksen was timed at 19:53.  The winning team in this division was Yarra Ranges, which won  from Geelong, with Malvern third.

Our 40 + team won the bronze medal, with Kaman Ip being directed the wrong way near the finish in the third leg.  Talitha Crawford and Caitlin Harrison were the first and second leg runners. There were no times in the provisional results.

Our 50 + women’s team ran as impressively as the 50 + men did.
They won their race by nearly 13 minutes!  Julie Norney, who is in slashing form at the moment, led the division in, in first place, running the fastest time of the day (35:30).  June Petrie was off second and extended the lead in running 29:50. And Pia Hunter completed the team with an excellent leg taking 25:14 for her leg of the Ekiden, bringing Box Hill the gold medal, an admirable achievement.

Men’s team results 
Men’s Premier Division

  1. SSH                               137:35
  2. Western Athletics         140:50
  3. Box Hill                        142:36
  4. Geelong                        144:50
  5. Melbourne University   145:10

Premier Division individual times
Harry Summers                   33:30 (NB, directed off-course)
Andre Waring                     29:00
Will Potter                         23:46
Nick Baggott                      22:39
Alex Ritchie                       18:31
Steve Dinneen                    15:10

Men’s Division 2

  1. Bendigo                        146:58
  2. APS                              147:17
  3. Box Hill                        154:30

Men’s Division 2 individual times
Josh de Stefanis                   33:34
Zac Hunter                         32:32
Dylan Perera                      27:34
Ross Thomas                      23:07
Michael Vaughan                20:51
Russell Clowes                     17:02

Men’s Division 3 individual times
Shane Holt                          37;06
Kennedy Chen                    37:07

Men’s 50 + Team Results

  1. Box Hill                        87:42
  2. APS                              89:42
  3. Ballarat                         98:27

50+ men’s individual times 
John Meagher                     34:13
Tony Langelaan                 29:28
Chris O’Connor                  24:01

Women’s results 
Women’s Division 2 results

  1. Yarra Ranges                111:38
  2. Geelong                        116:08
  3. Malvern                        116:53
  4. Glen Huntly                  120:08
  5. Box Hill                        123:47

Women’s Division 2 individual times
Jess Muirden                       39:37
Rachel Johnson                   34:37
Amy Carrig                         29:40
Freya Henriksen                 19:53

Women’s 40+ team results

  1. APS                              89:34
  2. Mentone                       99:43
  3. Box Hill                        104:07

Women’s 40+ individual times 
Talitha Crawford                TBC
Caitlin Harrison                  TBC
Kaman Ip                           TBC

Women’s 50+ team results

  1. Box Hill                        90:34
  2. Malvern                        103:30
  3. Waverley                      105:03     

Women’s 50+ individual times 
Julie Norney                       35:30
June Petrie                          29:50
Pia Hunter                          25:14


XCR ’19 Round 3 – Bundoora

June 15, 2019

Congratulations to Box Hill’s Harry Summers and Ashlee Treagus, who won gold at the Victorian Cross Country Championships at Bundoora Park on 15 June.

Results

Men Premier Division (Team: 1st)

1 Harry Summers           30:04

5 Adrian Potter               31:06

6 Andre Waring              31:08

8 William Potter             31:18

12 Nicholas Baggott       31:32

20 Alexander Ritchie     32:08

Men Division 2 (Team: 1st)

37 Rhys Jones                 33:02

38 Michael Dowel          33:04

57 Scott McKenzie         33:51

82 Joshua De Stefanis    35:22

85 Ross Thomas             35:32

86 John Meagher            35:32    (2nd 55-59 years)

Men Division 3 (Team: 4th)

104 Dylan Perera            36:17

113 Michael Vaughan    36:37

132 Zac Hunter               37:26

138 Jackson Deane         37:37

152 Tony Langelaan      38:08    (4th 50-54 years)

Men Division 5 (Team: 2nd)

158 Michael Petridis      38:12

183 Shane Holt               39:32

225 Jack Hill                   41:18

227 Chris O’Connor       41:30    (8th 55-59 years)

275 Dino Crivelli            43:33    (26th 45-49 years)

343 Simon St Hill           47:04    (36th 50-54 years)

Kennedy Chen                39:56    (entered in U20s)

Men Over 50 (Team: 1st)

2 John Meagher              35:32

7 Tony Langelaan           38:08

22 Chris O’Connor         41:30

Women Division 2 (Team: 2nd)

4 Courtney Powell          36:11

27 Marlie Campton        39:34

38 Julie Norney              40:29    (1st 50-54 years)

45 Steph Kondogonis     40:56

Women Division 4 (Team: 1st)

53 Jessie Muirden           41:48

62 Katherine Foley         42:56

77 June Petrie                 44:20    (1st 55-59 years)

Women Division 5 (Team: 1st)

5 78 Pia Hunter               44:30    (4th 50-54 years)

87 Rachel Johnson         45:52    (10th 40-44 years)

111 Kaman Ip                 48:55    (13th 40-44 years)

Women Division 5-2 (Team: 2nd)

112 Talitha Crawford     49:02    (8th 45-49 years)

130 Kerry Lyn Putt        51:08    (9th 45-49 years)

135 Caitlin Harrison       52:35    (20th 40-44 years)

Women Over 50 (Team: 1st)

1 Julie Norney                40:29    

4 June Petrie                   44:20    

5 Pia Hunter                    44:30    

Women Under 20 (6km)

6 Holly Hart                    22:59 

Top ten Box Hill athletes in the Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships

Men U20 8km

3 Joshua Mcleod             26:20

5 Kieran Hesse               26:37

Women U20 6km

7 Amy Atkinson             23:56

Men U18 6km

7 Joshua Macken            19:47

10 Dharam Deol             20:15

Women U18 4km

7 Molly McCarthy          14:56

Men U17 6km

2 Douglas Buckeridge    19:23

3 Jack Armstrong           19:51

Women U17 4km

1 Ashlee Treagus            14:03

Men U16 4km

6 Jordan Abbott              12:55

Men U15 4km

8 Izak Bibile Mount       13:49

XCR ’19 Round 2 – St Anne’s Winery

June 1, 2019

By Ian Sloane

After a third placing in the Cross Country Relays at Jells Park in the opening event of the winter calendar, Box Hill’s Premier Division team was determined to hit back and improve its placing in the first individual Cross Country event of the winter.  St Anne’s Winery at Myrniong was the location for Round 2 of the winter season.

It was chilly and windy, but there was no rain.  The courses were set based on a two-kilometre loop, with another one kilometre loop for those running a three kilometre distance. The open Men’s and Women’s courses were run over eight kilometres.  The courses were undulating and muddy with tight turns, which caused a few slips and falls. 

The junior races were held before the open men’s and women’s races.  Box Hill had two representatives in the Under 16 race, Izak Bibile who ran very well to place 8th and Thomas Diamond who also gave a good account of himself finishing 13th. Their race was contested over three kilometres.  Freya Henricksen placed 12th in the Under 18 women’s race.  Darcy Powne competed in the Under 20 race over four kilometres and finished 19th.  

The open Men’s race (as well as other races) were delayed slightly because of the crush of vehicles trying to get into the venue via a single road.

After Brendan Ferrari despatched the Men’s field, a pack of around 10 runners took the lead.  Included in this pack, after one kilometre were Harry Summers (BH), Joel Tobin-White (Don) who was the eventual winner, recent recruit Dejen Gebraselassie, third, Nick Earl (M Uni), David MacNeill (OXA), Andrew Buchanan (Ben), Tom Thorpe (SSH) and Andre Waring (BH) holding 8th position, Also to the fore were Will Potter (BH) holding 9th position and Callen Goldsmith (Morn).  A little further back was Nick Baggott in 12thposition, also running strongly. Alex Ritchie got off to an excellent start and was in the low thirties.  Michael Dowel was maybe 30 seconds behind Alex, probably in the first 50.  Others in the top hundred were Zac Hunter, John Meagher and Josh de Stefanis.  Box Hill had 26 starters, enough to finish five teams, which was excellent.

After the first lap, Harry Summers had applied great pressure to the field and only Joel Tobin-White was able to hang on, although Dejen Gebrasealassie (third) was close by, with Earl, Buchanan and Thorpe also leading the rest of the field.  Andre Waring held 9th position, Will Potter was 10th and Nick Baggott was 17th.  Alex Ritchie was making progress passing other athletes and Michael Dowel was also prominent.  

Tobin-White passed Harry Summers in the next kilometre and Dejen Gebraselassie dropped on position to 4th.  Will Potter and Andre Waring were still in prominent positions.

At the half way point, Tobin-White was leading followed by Summers, Buchanan, Gebraselassie, McNeill and Earl. Potter was 10th, Waring 11th and Baggott was 17th.  

At the conclusion of the third two kilometre lap, Tobin-White had been joined by Buchanan who had put in a big surge.  Harry Summers held 3rd place ahead of McNeill, with Gebraselassie, 5th.  Earl was 6th , Thorpe was 7th, with Will Potter back to 8th. Nick Baggott ran an excellent third lap, moving up to 13th.  Andre Waring found the hard early pace took the sting out of his legs and he ran through in 17th.  The sixth member of the Box Hill Division 1 team, Alex Ritchie, was in the first 30 and it appeared that our team was leading the team’s race from SSH. 

In the last lap, Tobin-White steadied and got away from Buchanan again to win the race, with McNeill surging home to place 3rd.  Dejen Gebraselassie held on for 4th, passing Harry Summers, 5th, in the last lap.  Earl was 6th, from Thorpe, 7th.  Will Potter ran a splendid last lap, passing two opponents to finish 8th, a fine effort. Nick Baggott also surged home past five opponents in the last circuit and finished 12th.  Andre Waring hung on for 17th position.  Alex Ritchie ran well the whole way passing opponents to finish 26th, to complete the Premier Division team

Our Division 2 team was made up of Michael Dowel, 42nd, Zac Hunter, 71st, John Meagher, 75th, Josh De Stefanis, 92nd, Dylan Perera, 110th and Michael Vaughan 118th. The team finished 4th.

Other results were Division 3, 5th, Division 5, 1st and Division 7, 2nd.  The 40+ team was 8th and the 50+ team was 1st

The Women’s race saw 187 finishers complete the course. Box Hill had its best turnout for many years with 12 competitors and the teams achieved excellent results.  The lead was contested by Charlotte Wilson (Ess), Alexandra Patterson (OXA), Kia Fry (Fra), Makda Haji Harun (Ess) and former National Cross Country Champion, Courtney Powell (BH), returning to compete after a long period interrupted by injury.  Wilson led for quite a way, with Patterson on her shoulder and Haji Harun also close up.  Mid race, Fry slipped back, with Courtney Powell running a prudent race in 5th position. 

In the concluding stages, Patterson surged past Wilson, with Fry passing Haji Harun who placed 4th, and Courtney Powell finishing 5th.  Marlie Campton was right at the front of the field in the early stages and this probably was the reason that she finished 22nd, albeit a good result for her and the team. Steph Kondogonis ran steadily and competitively to finish 27th and Jessie Muirden ran very well indeed to finish 39th, probably her best Cross Country race to date.

Julie Norney ran exceptionally well to place 50th and win her age division, with Kat Foley finishing 62nd, with Pia Hunter, 79th, making up the winning Division 4 team. June Petrie, 90th, Rachel Johnson, 97th, Kaman Ip, 131st and Kerry Putt, 133rd, combined to win Division 5.  It is a long time since we have seen results like these. 

Our Women’s 40+ team place second and the Women’s 50+ team won the gold medal, reinforcing what a great day it was for our female teams.

The next event will be the 10 K championships for men and women at Bundoora on June 15.

 Individual Results

Open Men

1.      Joel Tobin-White                    Don 24:22

2.      Andrew Buchanan                  Ben 24:31

3.      David McNeill                         OXA 24:34

4      Dejen Gebraselassie             BH        25:06

5      Harry Summers                   BH        25:16

8      Will Potter                             BH        25:28

12    Nick Baggott                         BH        25:48

16    Andre Waring                      BH        25:56

26    Alex Ritchie                           BH        26:31

42    Michael Dowel                      BH        27:15

71    Zac Hunter                            BH        28:31

75    John Meagher                       BH        28:46

92    Josh De Stefanis                   BH        29:17

110  Dylan Perera                         BH        29:49

118  Michael Vaughan                 BH        30:01

128  Ross Thomas                         BH        30:33

139  Russel Clowes                       BH        30:56

151  Jackson Deane                      BH        31:12

169 Tony Langelaan                   BH        31:38

174  Kennedy Chen                      BH        31:55

188  Shane Holt                             BH        32:20

224  Peter Stefanos                       BH        33:27

229  Chris O’Connor                   BH        33:42

253  Jack Hill                                BH        34:36

269  Andrew Searle                      BH        35:24

281  Dino Crivelli                         BH        35:50

330  Simon St Hill                         BH        38:18

341  Dave Dougan                        BH        38:56

Under 20 4 k

19    Darcy Powne                         BH        14:46

Under 16 3 k

8      Izak Bibile                             BH        10:02

13    Thomas Diamond                 BH        10:12

Men’s Team Results

Premier Division Team Score 

1 Box Hill 71 

2 St Stephens Harriers 114 

3 Western Athletics 220 

4 Melbourne University 224 

5 Glenhuntly 244 

6 Doncaster 275 

Division 2 Team Score 

1 APS United 458 

2 Frankston 461 

3 Bendigo Region 473 

4 Box Hill #2 508 

Division 3 Team Score 

1 Mornington Peninsula 326 

2 Victorian Cross Country League 387 

3 Athletics Waverley 582 

4 St Stephens Harriers #2 625 

5 Box Hill #3 759 

Division 5 Team Score 

1 Box Hill #4 889 

2 Bendigo Region #2 907 

3 Richmond Harriers #2 954 

Division 7 Team Score 

1 APS United 1099 

2 Box Hill 1206 

3 Williamstown 1387 

Men 40 – 49 Team Score 

1 APS United 26 

2 Geelong Region 30 

3 Collingwood Harriers 44 

4 Athletics Essendon 45 

5 Old Xaverians 46

6 Athletics Waverley 47 

7 APS United #2 79

8 Box Hill 89 

Men 50 – 59 Team Score 

1 Box Hill 27 

2 APS United 31 

3 Old Xavierians 57 

Women’s Individual Results

1.      Alex Patterson                         OXA 28:39

2.      Charlotte Wilson                     Ess 28;41

3.      Kia Fry                                     Fra 28:44

5      Courtney Powell                   BH        29:12

22    Marlie Campton                   BH        31:38

27    Steph Kondogonis                BH        32:06

39    Jessie Muirden                      BH        33:12

50    Julie Norney                          BH        33:52 (Winner 50-54 age group)

62    Kat Foley                               BH        34:30

79    Pia Hunter                             BH        36:21  (Fourth 50 – 54 age group)

90    June Petrie                            BH        36:27 (Winner 55 – 59 age group)

97    Rachel Johnson                    BH        37:20 (10th 40 – 44 age group)

131  Kaman Ip                              BH        40:40                                       

133 Kerry Putt                             BH        40:56

174  Samantha Culbert                BH        48:15

Under 18 female 3 k

12    Freya Henriksen                   BH        12:14

Women’s Team Results

Division 2 Team Score 

1 Box Hill 93 

2 Geelong Region 121 

3 Diamond Valley 237 

Division 4 Team Score 

1 Box Hill #2 186 

2 Bendigo Region 269 

3 Collingwood Harriers #3 326 

Division 5 Team Score 

1 Box Hill 306 

2 Collingwood Harriers 419 

Women 40 – 49 Team Score 

1 Ballarat Region 31 

2 Box Hill 42  

3 Collingwood Harriers 49 

8 Box Hill  #2 104 

Women 50+ Team Score 

1 Box Hill 10 

2 Bendigo Region 22 

3 Athletics Waverley 54

Jeremy Griffith elected BHAC president

May 12, 2019

Congratulations to Jeremy Griffith, who is the new president of Box Hill Athletic Club following our AGM in May. Jeremy takes over from Chris O’Connor, who has worked tirelessly for the club since becoming president in 2011.

Jeremy is no stranger to the Box Hill athletics scene, pioneering the bar at track events held at Hagenaeur Reserve in recent times, and cooking up a storm on the club’s successful barbecues. He is the father of Commonwealth Games athlete and Box Hill member Georgia Griffith.

Jeremy will be supported by a committee of 18 others, including six new faces – Ian Sloane, Megan Sloane, Simon Watson, Adelaid Hawkins, Peter McDonald and Sam McDonald. The club is delighted to welcome new committee members and we wish Jeremy all the best as he starts his important job.

Nearly a hundred people attended the AGM and heard club life member Graeme Olden recount Chris O’Connor’s contribution to the club over several decades. The club owes a great deal of its success to Chris, and we hope he can now spend a bit more time with his young family.

XCR ’19 Round 1 – Jells Park Relays

May 4, 2019

In wet and windy conditions, Box Hill teams picked up six medals and two fourth placings in the opening round of the XCR’19 season. Our men’s and women’s Over 50 teams both had big wins, while our Men’s Premier Division, Women’s Division 2, Women’s Over 40 and Women’s Under 20 also finished on the podium.

Andre Waring and Will Potter put in great performances in the men’s Premier Division to be our fastest men on the day. In a welcome return to competition, Courtney Powell was our fastest woman, leading our Division 2 women’s team to a 2nd place finish. 

Also a big welcome to our new members who competed for the club for the first time. Dylan Perera, Ross Thomas, Shane Holt, Andy Searles, Jack Ewison, Kaman Ip, Camille Ouellet and Sophie Moore all competed for the club for the first time and we wish them all the best on their athletic journey with Box Hill. Also welcome back to June Petrie and Courtney Powell.

Thank you to Dan Boulton, Karen Treagus, Jay Bern and Steve Dinneen who signed up as club helpers and to all of our timekeepers and supporters. 

Men Premier Division Team place: 3rd

1. Andre Waring             17:49

2. Nick Baggott              18:41

3. Alex Ritchie               18:55

4. Michael Dowel           20:37

5. Zac Hunter                  20:02

6. Will Potter                  18:24

Men Division 2 Team place: 11th

1. Darcy Powne              21:55

2. Jackson Deane            21:15

3. Dylan Perera               21:00

4. Ross Thomas              20:55

5. Josh De Stefanis         20:18

6. Russell Clowes           21:56

Men Division 3 Team place: 14th

1. Kennedy Chen            22:20

2. Dino Crivelli               25:02

3. Shane Holt                  22:22

4. Andy Searles              23:29

5. Chris O’Connor          24:28

Men Over 50 (1)            Team place: 1st

1. Tony Langelaan         21:57

2. Peter Stefanos            23:31

3. John Meagher            20:27

Men Over 50 (2)            Team place: 13th

1. Andrew Tunne            31:00

2. David Dougan             27:00

3. Simon St. Hill             27:35

Men Under 16               Team place: 4th

1. Izak Bibile                   9:57

2. Jack Ewinson              11:24

3. Thomas Diamond        9:38

Women Division 2        Team place: 2nd

1. Marlie Campton         22:22

2. Courtney Powell         21:10

3. Katherine Foley          25:20

4. Steph Kondogonis      23:11

Women Over 40 (1)      Team place: 3rd

1. Amanda Harper          27:31

2. Kaman Ip                    28:12

3. Rachel Johnson           25:53

Women Over 40 (2)      Team place: 4th

1. Caitlin Harrison          29:55

2. Kerry Putt                   28:57

3. Talitha Crawford        27:41

Women Over 50            Team place: 1st

1. Pia Hunter                   25:07

2. June Petrie                  26:06

3. Julie Norney               23:12

Women Under 20         Team place: 3rd

1. Ashlee Treagus           10:25

2. Camille Ouellet          11:44

3. Sophie Moore             11:10

Andre wins club’s 5km handicap

April 27, 2019

Thanks to the timekeepers, helpers and runners who supported the club 5k handicap event on 27 April.

First across the line (out of those who ran the full distance!) was Camille Ouellet, followed by Phillipa Hadjasz, Tess Parry, Simon St Hill and Izak Bibile.

Andre Waring ran the event as part of a training session, but still won the Frank Tutchener Trophy, producing the fastest time of 15:14, ahead of Alex Ritchie (15:35) and Mitch Dyer (15:47).

Results

1. Camille Ouellet          27:44    (net time: 21:29)

2. Phillipa Hajdasz         28:33    (net time: 25:33)

3. Tess Parry                   28:43    (net time: 26:43)

4. Simon St. Hill             29:08    (net time: 22:18) 

5. Izak Bibile                   29:11    (net time: 17:21) 

6. Sarah Melsom             29:17    (net time: 27:17)

7. Andre Waring             29:34    (net time: 15:14)

8. Dalton Di Medio        29:43    (net time: 19:43) 

9. Peter Stefanos             29:44    (net time: 18:44) 

10. Zac Hunter                29:48    (net time: 16:08) 

11. David Featherston    29:49    (net time: 19:19) 

12. Jess Campbell           29:50    (net time: 19:25) 

13. Ross Thomas            29:52    (net time: 16:32) 

14. Blake Lucas              29:53    (net time: 22:53) 

15. Alex Ritchie              29:55    (net time: 15:35) 

16. Scott Benedict          30:04    (net time: 16:54) 

17. Jack Ewison              30:05    (net time: 18:45) 

18. Mitch Dyer               30:07    (net time: 15:47) 

19. Anthony Whitby       30:08    (net time: 20:08) 

20. Mark Stewart            30:14    (net time: 28:14) 

21. Caitlin Harrison        30:37    (net time: 24:52) 

22. Kennedy Chen          31:28    (net time: 19:28) 

23. Andy Searles            31:38    (net time: 19:08) 

24. Jack Hill                    31:49    (net time: 21:14) 

Kaman Ip (net time 20:07) and Andre Di Medio (19:28) were first across the line crossed at the wrong bridge and ran approximately 4.5km.

Thinking of joining Box Hill Athletic Club?

April 25, 2019

If you are interested in finding out more about Box Hill, our achievements and the upcoming cross country season, come along to our presentation night on Friday 3 May.

Box Hill Athletic Club will hold its Annual General Meeting 7.30-8pm on Friday 3 May at the clubrooms in Barwon Street, Box Hill. This will be followed from 8pm onwards by our presentation evening, which is a celebration of the past year’s track and field and cross country seasons.

More importantly for new or prospective members, it is an opportunity to meet club members and find out what our club might offer you.

Former world record pole vaulter Emma George, a former Box Hill member, will speak during the evening.

Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to our athletes

April 18, 2019


Box Hill athletes continue to achieve overseas, interstate and at home.

Nana Owusu-Afriyie has been selected in the 4x100m squad to represent Australia at the World Relay Championships in Yokahama on May 10 and 11.

Harry Summers finished ahead of thousands of runners to win the 2019 Run for the Kids in Melbourne. Harry covered the hilly 12.8km course in 37:55.

Michael Eury ran a 13 minute PB in running 2:44:10 for the Boston Marathon on Monday. This time put Michael into 6th place in his age group, a great performance in this famous race.

Georgia Griffith and Georgia Hansen ran a great race to finish 1st and 2nd in the Australian University Championships on the Gold Coast. Georgia Griffith won in 4:10.52 ahead of Georgia Hansen (4:11.22) well ahead of the rest of the field. Both athletes bettered the qualifying time for the World University Games.

Harry Summers performs strongly in Denmark

April 3, 2019

Congratulations to Harry Summers, who performed with distinction at the World Cross Country Championships in Denmark on Saturday. In what some consider the most competitive event in the world, and over an extremely difficult course, Harry finished in 56th place and was the third Australian across the line.

The Australian team that finished 8th, ahead of Great Britain and the USA. Harry has worked incredibly hard in his “comeback” over the past 12-18 months and his continued success is a tribute to his determination and talent. Congratulations also to his coach, Steve Dinneen, who has guided Harry to this international performance.

Full results.

Good luck to our Nationals athletes!

The Australian Track and Field Championships have started this week in Sydney, and Box Hill Athletic Club has representatives across the open and junior age groups.

For timetables, fields, results or to watch a live-streamed event, click here.

Nationals bring out the best in athletes. If you believe you, your son or daughter might have broken a club record at Nationals, please email bhacsec@bigpond.com with the details.