July 14, 2019
|Harry Summers and Ashlee Treagus shone at the Victorian Road Championships held at Albert Park on 14 July, with Courtney Powell, Liz Doueal, Andre Waring, Jack Ewison, Izak Bibile and Roxy Phipps also performing well to claim top 10 finishes. |
By Ian Sloane
It was a cold and windy day for the sixth race on the 2019 AV XCR calendar, with the wind building up on the second return section of the looped course.
Rain threatened, then the sun shone. There were junior 3 kilometre races and under 20 and senior 10 kilometre races scheduled. The junior races were scheduled first with “waves” at the start and the 10 kilometre races started all at the same time, thirty minutes later.
The junior races saw a number of Box Hill athletes excel. In particular, Ashlee Treagus ran brilliantly, winning the under 18 3km road race, which was some accomplishment. She had real competition from Ebony Dodemaide (Western Athletics) and Bianca Puglisi (Essendon), and it was only in the final stages of the race that she dropped Puglisi first and then Dodemaide to win by a little over four seconds.
Other Box Hill junior athletes to compete included Jack Ewison, who finished fourth in the under 14 men’s 3km race which was a fine effort. Roxy Phipps placed seventh in the under 16 Women’s race, also a very good effort. Izak Bibile ran competitively to finish 10thin the under 16 men’s competition.
Murray Lovass completed the under 18 10km race in 22ndposition. Tamsyn Lovass placed 11thin the under 20 women’s 10km race. Kennedy Chen was 22ndin the under 20 men’s race.
There were 198 finishers in the open female race and 469 finishers in the male 10km races. However, these figures may be revised upwards as athletes who were omitted from the results are included. The race commences outside the Lakeside Stadium, in Albert Rd Drive, taking a right hand turn up Lakeside Drive to run two loops of this part of the course.
When the runners were sent on their way by the starter, a small group of elite athletes ranged up to the front to take control of the race. This group included Jack Davies (SSH), Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo), Charlie Park (Melbourne University), Nick Earl (Melbourne University), Ben Buckingham (SSH), David McNeill (OX), Harry Summers (BH), Jack Holden (Old St Kevins), Liam Adams (Essendon), Tim Logan (Diamond Valley) and Tom Fawthorpe (Knox). There was a second large group not much further behind which included Andre Waring.
Box Hill athletes Will Potter and Nick Baggott were close together and Alex Ritchie was in the top 30 or so. Other athletes who were in the top 100 included Klarie McIntyre, Steve Dinneen, Michael Dowel, Josh De Stefanis and Zac Hunter.
Also representing the club in this AV men’s 10km road championship were Ross Thomas, Michael Vaughan, Russell Clowes, Jackson Deane, Paul Prentice, Tony Langelaan, Jack Hill, Dino Crivelli, Simon St Hill andAndrew Tunne.
When the runners returned on the first loop of the Lakeside Drive part of the course, after about four kilometres, Harry Summers had surged to the lead and held a commanding lead over Andy Buchanan, David McNeill, Ben Buckingham, Jack Davies, Charlie Park, Tom Fawthorpe and Liam Adams.
At the five kilometre mark, Harry ran 14:15 in first place with a lead of around 70 to 80 metres. Buchanan and McNeill held second and third place respectively, with Bucking ham and Davies not far away and Liam Adams was nearby and looking untroubled. Andre Waring was 18th(14:49), Will Potterwas 25th(15:11) and Nick Baggott was 27th(15:13). Alex Ritchie had started very fast and was in 35th position (15:20), Klarie McIntyre was in the first 50 and passed the 5km mark in 15:43, Steve Dinneen was obscured and no time was taken, Michael Dowel passed the 5km mark in 16:13, Josh De Stafanis recorded 16:34, Zac Hunter passed the 5km point in 17:01, with Ross Thomas and Michael Vaughan in the mid 17 minute range.
On entering the stadium to finish, Harry had an enormous 40 second lead over Buchanan who had shaken off all the other elite athletes, except Liam Adams who was hanging on grimly after his most recent Marathon in which he missed the Olympic Qualifying standard by the bare margin of six seconds. Adams couldn’t make up the slender gap which Buchanan had over him.
Davies and Buckingham were next over the line. Andre Waring ran a really strong second half have improving his position by eight places. At the pointy end of the field that is quite a noteworthy effort. Will Potter held his position steadily throughout the race and just held off Nick Baggott who finished a couple of seconds behind him (in 24th and 25th positions respectively). Prior to Will crossing the line four SSH runners had crossed the line, with three Melbourne University runners already in and three Western Athletics athletes finished as well. This made the team’s race very tight. SSH’s fifth runner (Wagstaff, 28th) crossed before Alex Ritchie arrived in 34thposition. Steve Dinneen placed 41stafter a cautious beginning ensuring he didn’t get a recurrence of his leg issue, passing a number of athletes in the concluding stages. In the meantime, Conway (Melb. Uni) finished 31stand Pearce (Wes) finished 26th, with his teammate Drake completing the course in 37thplace. Quirk (46th) completed the SSH Division 1 team. Tonge (Wes) finished 38thto complete Western Athletics team. It was going to be very tight indeed.
Unfortunately, final positions were not available until Tuesday, because a number of failures occurred with the timing system, so the video footage of the finish had to be reviewed. This affected at least three of our male runners. Therefore, we couldn’t do the arithmetic to discover what the team’s race outcome was.
I suspected that SSH had beaten us. However, I was only able to record the first 35 places, when around 9 runners crossed the finish within a ten second period. It wasn’t possible to calculate Western Athletics final numbers either. It turned out that SSH did win the Division 1 team’s race when the position alterations occurred. Box Hill placed second and Western Athletics was third.
The Division 2 race was won by Bendigo, with Knox second and Box Hill third. The team was comprised of Michael Dowel, 49th, Josh De Stefanis, 71st, Zac Hunter, 91st, Ross Thomas, 95th, Michael Vaughan, 108thand Russell Clowes, 112th.
The Division 3 team, comprised of Dylan Perera, 121st, Jackson Deane, 135th, Paul Prentice, 149thand fourth in his age category), Tony Langelaan, 173rd (also fourth in his age category) and Jack Hill, 243rd, finished third, behind Mornington, the winners, and VCCL was second. Full results are listed below. The 40+ team was 10thand the 50+ team was sixth.
The women’s race was a lot harder to follow, as all the women were intermingled with the men, and the women were sometimes surrounded by a dozen or more male competitors, which impeded a clear view. The eventual winner said that this gave her a big advantage as she was able to run in a way that would not have been possible if it was a head-to-head contest amongst the women. Box Hill had 11 runners representing the club.
Charlotte Wilson (Athletics Essendon) took the lead in the early part of the race, from Whitney Sharpe (SSH) and Kiah Fry (Frankston), third.
It was a real thrill to see two Box Hill women, Courtney Powell and Liz Doueal, in the leading part of the women’s race, in around eighth to tenth positions (some of the leading women were missed due to the congested nature of where they were running).
Wilson dropped back after about three kilometres and Fry took the lead with a surge that dropped all pursuing athletes other than Whitney Sharpe. At the five kilometre mark, Sharpe had taken over and led the race from second-placed Fry with Wilson third.
Courtney Powell, the leading Box Hill runner was in around eighth position and went through the 5km mark in 17:13. Liz Doueal, in her second run for the club, was not far behind. Courtney eventually finished eighth, another very solid performance and Liz was one place further back in ninth position. This was an excellent effort from both our leading females.
Box Hill’s other female athletes running the race were Julie Norney, who finished 36thand won her age category, Jess Muirden, 46th, Katherine Foley, 52nd, Lucinda Buckley, 56th, Pia Hunter, 89th (and fifth in her age category) June Petrie, 94th(and was first in her age category), Rachel Johnson 101st, Kaman Ip 115thand Kerry Putt, 159th. Box Hill therefore won the Women’s Division 2 team’s race, placed second the Division 4 team’s race and won the Division 5 team’s race, which was a very impressive outcome. The 40+ team was second and the 50+ team won its age category.
Men’s 10 K results
1 Harry Summers Box Hill 28:34
2. Andrew Buchanan Bendigo 29:14
3 Liam Adams Essendon 29:15
4 Jack Davies St Stephens Harriers 29:32
5 Ben Buckingham St Stephens Harriers 29:35
10 Andre Waring Box Hill 29:49
24 William Potter Box Hill 30:57
25 Nicholas Baggott Box Hill 30:59
34 Alexander Ritchie Box Hill 31:29
41 Steve Dinneen Box Hill 31:47
49 Michael Dowel Box Hill 32:11
71 Joshua De Stefanis Box Hill 33:24
91 Zac Hunter Box Hill 34:00
95 Ross Thomas Box Hill 34:12
108 Michael Vaughan Box Hill 34:35
112 Russell Clowes Box Hill 34:52
121 Dylan Perera Box Hill 34:57
135 Jackson Deane Box Hill 35:35
149 Paul Prentice Box Hill 35:57 (4th45 – 49)
173 Tony Langelaan Box Hill 36:39 (4th50 – 54)
243 Jack Hill Box Hill 38:54
272 Chris O’Connor Box Hill 39:34 (10th55 – 59)
287 Bert Pelgrim Box Hill 40:03
310 Dino Crivelli Box Hill 40:58 (21st45-49)
366 Simon St Hill Box Hill 43:24 (24th50-54)
453 Andrew Tunne Box Hill 53:20(25th60-99)
1 SSH 120
2 Box Hill 133
3 Western Athletics 138
(Provisional scores but inaccurate for Box Hill because Michael Dowel is not listed in the team and should be)
1 Bendigo 346
2 Knox 378
3 Box Hill 488
1 Mornington 418
2 VCCL 518
3 Box Hill 729
1 Geelong 20
2 Collingwood 29
3 APS 36
10 Box Hill 167
1 APS 27
2 Old Xavierians 45
3 Collingwood 52
6 Box Hill 75
4 Jack Ewison Box Hill 10:30
10 Izak Bibile Box Hill 9:38
22 Murray Lovass Box Hill 41:19
22 Kennedy Chen Box Hill 37:28
Women’s 10 K results
1 Whitney Sharpe St Stephens Harriers 33:18
2 Kiah Fry Frankston 33:26
3 Charlotte Wilson Essendon 34:16
8 Courtney Powell Box Hill 35:10
9 Elizabeth Doueal Box Hill 35:19
36 Julie Norney Box Hill 38:27 (1st50 – 54)
46 Jessie Muirden Box Hill 38:57
52 Katherine Foley Box Hill 39:18
56 Lucinda Buckley Box Hill 39:32
89 Pia Hunter Box Hill 42:37 (5th 50 – 54)
94 June Petrie Box Hill 43:19 (1st55 – 59)
101 Rachel Johnson Box Hill 44:09 (11th40 – 44)
115 Kaman Ip Box Hill 45:23 (14th40 – 44)
159 Kerry Putt Box Hill 50:00 (11th45 – 49)
1 Box Hill 95
2 Diamond Valley 263
3 Mentone 281
1 SSH 132
2 Box Hill 182
3 Bendigo 264
1 Box Hill 274
2 Frankston 315
3 Doncaster 440
1 APS 20
2 Box Hill 44
3 Collingwood 45
1 Box Hill 12
2 Malvern 42
3 Waverley 55
7 Roxy Phipps Box Hill 11:29
1 Ashlee Treagus Box Hill 10:02
11 Tamsyn Lovass Box Hill 45:14
|Sandown Relay Meeting July 6Box Hill had some notable successes at Sandown winning Men’s Premier Division, Women’s Division 2, Women’s Division 4 and Women’s 50+ Division.Harry Summers and Courtney Powell run sizzling legs for their teams.Great effort by the under 18 men’s team to win silver, with a brilliant last leg by Douglas Buckeridge.Facebook photo album link (85 photos)|
Weather conditions, by Sandown Relay standards, were rather benign on Saturday 6 July. The sun was shining, the air temperature was 18º C, and the wind ameliorated to a breeze, not a gale, during the afternoon, with absolutely no hint of rain, which is normally a factor.
This year Athletics Victoria introduced timing chips for every team in all races. The chip was secured by a piece of elastic which could be worn around the wrist. It was then to be passed to the next runner. A number of runners dropped the timing chip at the changeover point before passing it over to the next runner, enabling the following runner to commence, so, according to a number of athletes and bystanders, it showed up a deficiency in the methodology.
These commentators argued that each team should have been provided with two timing chips, on the assumption the technology could cope with the replication of timing chips, so that the first runner could pass the timing chip to the third runner after completing their leg, the second runner could pass the chip to the fourth runner after they had completed their leg and so forth, eliminating the possibility of a dropped tag.
There was a staged start, described as waves by the course commentator, and this was repeated a number of times. There were four finishing lines, each with dual wires across the tarmac, which recorded the pulse provided by the finishing chip.
When Division 1 and 2 runners were dispatched by starter, Pam Noden, Box Hill’s first runner, Harry Summers, set out extremely fast. His first lap of 8:33 was close to the fastest ever individual lap recorded at Sandown. He left every other runner in his wake and he completed his leg in 17:52, according to the provisional results. Behind him, Ben Buckingham (SSH) ran 18:08 with Western Athletics’ Liam Cashin in third place (18:42) just ahead of Glen Huntly. Doncaster was fifth. Harry recorded the fastest time of the day.
Nick Baggott ran second for Box Hill and the provisional results credited him with 19:08. St Stephens athlete Jack Davies ran a very fast ap of 18:04 and he ran past Nick to lead the relay race in 18:04, the second fastest time of the day. Box Hill held second position, 48 seconds down on SSH and 38 seconds in advance of Western, with Glen Huntly a further six seconds behind in fourth position.
Alex Ritchie was next and he ran his Sandown PB of 19:12. Box Hill held second position 49 seconds down on SSH. Rhydian Cowley (GH) ran a very fast leg to move his team into third place, with Western Athletics nearly a minute and a half behind in fourth place.
Michael Dowel ran fourth for Box Hill’s Division 1 team. He ran a very solid leg and kept Box Hill within touch of first placed SSH, although he conceded a few seconds to Sean Guiney his SSH opponent. Glen Huntly had been in third place after on circuit of this leg, but Cody Shanahan (WES) ran a very smart leg and pushed Western Athletics into third position, not far behind Box Hill.
Klarie McIntyre returned to competition and was our fifth leg athlete. He ran a very serviceable lag, staying ahead of Western Athletics and Glen Huntly. Even better for our team was the fact that SSH’s athlete had a bad day, possibly running the first lap too hard. Whatever the reason, Klarie handed over to Will Potter our final leg runner in clearly in first place but by a narrow margin. Western Athletics was about eight seconds behind our team with SSH another five or six seconds further back. It was extremely tight. Glen Huntly had fallen further behind and was not now a threat for a medal, assuming that no-one in front of them blew up.
Will had an important job to do and he did it with distinction.
Jamie Wagstaff was pursuing both Western Athletics and Box Hill athletes. After the completion of the first lap of the final leg, Will Potter still led the field with Jamie Wagstaff in hot pursuit. Wagstaff caught the Western Athletics runner but could not make up the fifty metres of distance that Will was holding on to. Will ran an extremely determined leg, and enabled Box Hill to be victorious. It is much more difficult to defend a lead that it is to chase a leader, especially if the pursuing runner thinks they are gaining ground.
The Box Hill Division 2 team toiled gamely for fifth place. They were up against Knox which would have finished fifth in Division 1 with four superfast legs. Josh de Stefanis was the fastest runner running 20:27, and there was no more than just over a minute separating the times run by Ross Thomas , Dylan Perera, Michael Vaughan , Jackson Deane and Zac Hunter, all bar one in the 21 minute range.
Our Division 3 men’s team placed 15th.
The men’s under 16 team combined well to finish fourth, with legs of 10:07 for Jordan Abbott, 11:10 for Jack Ewison and 10:23 for Izak Bibile. These were all good efforts.
The under 18 men’s team performed extremely well with each athlete acquitting themselves very capably. Lachlan Doehmann ran a very solid first leg, recording 10:16. This placed Box Hill in sixth position, close behind Diamond Valley, Mornington and Yarra Ranges. Dharam Deol, our second runner, ran even quicker, recording the very smart time of 9:40 for his leg and he brought his team into third position, passing the Diamond Valley, Mornington and Yarra Ranges runners.
The best was yet to come, with Douglas Buckeridge anchoring the team. He ran the third fastest under 18 time for the day, passing the Western Athletics runner, and nearly catching Ballarat who won. This very competitive performance brought the team into second position, just 13 seconds behind the winners. Well done to all the team members on this effort.
The men’s 50 plus team was without John Meagher. Michael Eury ran a very fast lap (22:27), leading the field in at the end of his leg. Tony Langelaan is in very good form, and he recorded 22:42, with Box Hill still in the lead. Chris O’Connor came up against a much younger APS runner, who overtook him in the back straight meaning that the Box Hill team won the silver medal.
Our Division 2 women’s team ran brilliantly to win their race, and had we have been in Division 1, with the next fastest time run by Kat Foley, the team would have won the Division 1 race.
Jess Muirden ran her leg in 23:52 which was in fourth position behind Malvern (Tracey Austin), Diamond Valley (Jess Mayne) and Geelong (Sarah Walker). She handed the timing chip to Marli Campton, who strode off confidently.
Marli recorded the fast time of 22:54 for the second leg. She ran past the Diamond Valley runner to put Box Hill into second position. She had the second fastest time of the Division 2 runners in this leg. Liz Doueal was having her first outing for Box Hill and she performed very impressively indeed, recording the very smart time of 22:30. This was by far the quickest run in this leg by a Division 2 runner. She also brought Box Hill past Geelong into first place.
Liz handed over to Courtney Powell, who is having an excellent winter season. Courtney ran the fastest leg of any Division 2 female, 21:28, and was only eclipsed by Whitney Sharpe (SSH) who ran 20:42 in Division 4. Courtney moved Box Hill to be 3 minutes 40 ahead of second-placed Geelong.
Our Division 4 team won their race by nearly nine minutes from SSH. Holly Hart ran the first leg in 24:24, in second place. Kat Foley took the timing chip and ran down her SSH opponent in the very good time of 23:37. When the chip was handed over to Amy Carig, Box Hill was over a minute clear. Amy extended the lead, running 25:46 for the third and final leg.
We had two 40+ female teams. Team 1 won the bronze medal behind APS and Mentone (Rachel Johnson, 26:07, Amanda Harper, 27:27 and Kaman Ip, 27:47). Team 2 (Caitlin Harrison, 30:33, Talitha Crawford, 32:20 and Kerry Putt, 29:49) finished fourth.
The Box Hill 50+ women absolutely smashed their race, winning by the huge margin of seven minutes and seven seconds. Julie Norney is in extremely good form at present and she ran the remarkable time of 23:38, which would have been good enough to get her a run in any of the women’s Premier Division teams, a phenomenal effort. She was backed up effectively by June Petrie, 26:45, and Pia Hunter, 25:49 winning the gold medal, which was the icing on the cake on what was a very successful day for our club.
N.B. I have used the provisional times published by AV on the web site. The men’s Division 1 and 2 times I recorded were marginally different and I was taking the times when the runner crossed the timing mechanism, not when the athlete received the chip.
Premier Division Box Hill 1:54:22SSH 1:54:33Western 1:54:53Glen Huntly 1:57:42Doncaster 2:03:28
Harry Summers 17:52
Nick Baggott 19:08
Alex Ritchie 19:12
Michael Dowel 19:26
Klarie McIntyre 19:58
Will Potter 18:43
Division 2Knox 1:58:39APS 2:01:47Frankston 2:04:53Glen Huntly 2:06:48Box Hill 2:07:24
Josh de Stefanis 20:26
Ross Thomas 21:21
Dylan Perera 21:41
Michael Vaughan 21:05
Jackson Deane 22:06
Zac Hunter 21:15
15 Box Hill 2:05:00
Russell Clowes 21:12
Jack Hill 23:21
Shane Holt 22:47
Kennedy Chen 23:31
Andrew Tunne 34:07
Under 16 MenGlen Huntly 30:22Knox 30:29Ballarat 31:05Box Hill 31:42
Jordan Abbott 10:07
Jack Ewison 11:10
Izak Bibile 10:23
Under 18 MenBallarat 29:08Box Hill 29:21Western Athletics 29:50
Lachlan Doehmann 10:16
Dharam Deol 9:40
Douglas Buckeridge 9:24
50+MenAPS 1:08:30Box Hill 1:09:30Waverley 1:12:50Individual times
Michael Eury 22:27
Tony Langelaan 22:42
Chris O’Connor 24:21
Division 2Box Hill 1:30:46Geelong 1:34:26Malvern 1:46:26
Jess Muirden 23:52
Marli Campton 22:54
Liz Doueal 22:30
Courtney Powell 21:28
Division 4Box Hill 1:13:49SSH 1:22:47Doncaster 1:23:33
Holly Hart 24:24
Kat Foley 23:37
Amy Carrig 25:56
40+ WomenAPS 1:14:56Mentone 1:8:32Box Hill 1 1:21:21Box Hill 2 1:32:43
Rachel Johnson 26:01
Amanda Harper 27:27
Kaman Ip 27:47
Caitlin Harrison 30:33
Talitha Crawford 32:20
Kerry Putt 29:49
50+ WomenBox Hill 1:16:13Malvern 1:23:30Waverley 1:28:10
Julie Norney 23:38
June Petrie 26:45
Pia Hunter 25:49