2015 Winter Bulletin No. 12

June 16, 2015



The next round of the XCR’15 season will be the 10km road race (3km for women U14, U16, U18, U20 and men U14, U16). This event will be held on Sunday morning, June 28. The 3km race will start at 8:30am and the 10km race for open men and women and U18 and U20 men will start at 9:00am.

If you do not have a series ticket, you must enter online via the AV website.



If you wish to make a tax deductible donation to the Barlow Foundation, money that can be used by the Club for capital works or for athlete support, go to the Box Hill Athletic Club website, click on the link to the Australian Sports Foundation website page which will allow you to donate to the Barlow Foundation online.

Or you can follow this link:  http://www.boxhillathleticclub.org/about-the-club/tax-deductible-donations/barlow-foundation/ .



Congratulations to Courtney Powell and Julie Norney who performed brilliantly at the Launceston 10 in Tasmania on the weekend. This event, which also doubled as the Oceania road race championships, always attracts a strong field. Courtney finished 3rd in a time of 33:56 (behind Olympians Eloise Wellings and Jess Trengove). Julie finished 9th in 36:16



Thank you to Steve Hooker who has donated a state of the art pole vault landing pit. The pit has been delivered to the track and this generous gesture is greatly appreciated.


RYLA is a Rotary funded, week long Youth Leadership and Personal Development Seminar that offers an experience of a lifetime for participants aged 18-30. There is one fully funded position available, all you need to do is make yourself available from the 6-12th July. If you are interested in applying (applications have officially closed, so be quick) or would like to know more, please contact Steve Cain at cainie@hotmail.com or 0407 230 748.



Box Hill had another successful day at the cross country championships at Bundoora Park on Saturday. Our men premier division team dominated with three runners in the top six finishers and six runners in the top twenty.

Rhys Jones (2nd), Steve Kelly (4th) and Will Potter (6th) were our top performers.

Our women’s team were not as successful with a number of our top runners missing. June Petrie was our best performer, finishing in 39th place overall but easily winning the 50-54 years age category.

Box Hill also had a number of runners competing in the U20 event and in the All Schools Championships.

Outstanding results included a gold medal winning performance by Molly McCarthy in the U14 event, 6th place by Tamsyn Lovass and 10th place by Amy Atkinson in the U15 race and 3rd place to Laura Powell in the U17s. In the U18 race Georgia Hansen was 3rd and Paris Powell 4th. Ben Cox finished 6th in the U20 All Schools event.

See below for Ian Sloane’s full report.

Results Men 12km cross country

Premier Division

  1. Rhys Jones             37:43
  2. Steve Kelly             38:16
  3. Will Potter               38:42
  4. Daniel Clark          39:57
  5. Michael Dowel       40:01
  6. James O’Connell   40:29

Division 2

  1. Nick Baggott         40:35
  2. Oscar Robinson     41:51
  3. Steve Dinneen      42:11
  4. John Meagher       42:20
  5. Klarie McIntyre      42:39
  6. Welday Mehbrahtu 44:04

Division 3

  1. David Jimenez      44:30
  2. Michael Vaughan  44:56

108.Andrew Hester     45:45

147.Trent Collins        47:12

168.Luke Crozier        48:03

Division 6

192.Peter Stefanos     49:26

215.Chris O’Connor    50:47

305.Dino Crivelli         55:52

333.Simon St Hill        60:14

385.Andrew Tunne     71:58

Results Women’s 8km cross country

Premier Division

  1. June Petrie            32:56
  2. Amanda Harper     35:28
  3. Liza Henshall         36:56

103.Pia Hunter           37:27

107.Talitha Crawford  37:51

Women Division 2

143.Megan Sloane      40:29

  1. Amelia Savige     41:49

161.Caitlin Harrison    42:41

172.Kelly Ulf               44:37

179.Nicole Smith        46:12

Men U20 8km cross country

  1. Ben Cox               27:54
  2. Zac Hunter           28:02
  3. Tom Selwood        28:23
  4. Raymond Chan     29:51
  5. Jack Prendergast  33:14
  6. Carlos Norman      34:15

All Schools Results

  1. Ben Cox                 27:54
  2. Vaughan Smith     30:20
  3. Jack Prendergast  33:14

Women U20 6km cross country

  1. Lucy Steele           25:12

All Schools Results

  1. Georgia Chester   25:24

Men U18 6km cross country

  1. Scott McKenzie     20:23
  2. Aidan McCormack 21:26
  3. Alex Ritchie          21:38

Men U17 6km cross country

  1. Lucas Pamminger 22:48

Women U18 4km cross country

  1. Georgia Hansen      14:04
  2. Paris Powell            14:41
  3. Holly Pedersen      16:09

Women U17 4km cross country

  1. Laura Powell           14:19
  2. Genevieve Wah    15:08
  3. Louise Ton            15:36
  4. Ally Rose Ogden   15:41
  5. Sophie Schwerkolt 16:29

Men U16 4km cross country

  1. Austin Hunter       13:42

Women U15 4km cross country

  1. Tamsyn Lovass       14:34
  2. Amy Atkinson       14:56
  3. Sophie Westcott   15:57
  4. Claire Boulter        18:46

Women U14 3km cross country

  1. Molly McCarthy       11:00




Winter Calendar

June 13, Saturday, XCR’15 Round 4, Bundoora Cross Country Champs

June 28, Sunday, XCR’15 Round 5, Albert Park Road Race

July 11, Saturday, XCR’15 Round 6, Sandown Road Relays

August 1, Saturday, XCR’15 Round 7, Brimbank Park Cross Country

August 15, Saturday, XCR’15 Round 8, Ekiden Relay, Angelsea

August 29, Saturday, National Cross Country Championships, Melbourne

September 6, Sunday, XCR’15 Round 9, Burnley half-marathon

September 19, Saturday, XCR’15 Round 10, Tan Relays


Victorian Cross Country Championship races at Bundoora 13.June 2015

This event and the Sandown Relays are the most fiercely contested events on the AV Winter calendar.  This year we had an incredibly good day with blue skies, temperate and only a breeze, rather than the strong winds earlier in the week. The day is combined with the school cross country events which occurred earlier in the day.

The AV Races started with the Under 20 women’s race, where Box Hill had one entrant, Lucy Steele, who performed creditably to finish 18th in25:07 for the 6 kilometre course.

The Under 20 men’s 8 k race followed and Box Hill had five representatives. Zac Hunter ran a great race and finished full of running in 17th place (27:47). He seemed to accelerate in the second lap and passed others near him. Any time under 28 minutes on this testing course is a good effort.  In 20th place was Thomas Sellwood who ran brilliantly to finish 20th, recording 28:03.  Thomas had to run two divisions outside his correct age group because his school failed to enter any of their students. He should actually have been running in the Under 16 race, so this mighty effort was extremely impressive.  He clearly has a great future in our sport. Raymond Chan ran the two lap course which was a great deal further than the 800 metre races he has been performing so well in recently.  He finished 34th in 29:31.  Jack Prendergast was 41st (32:54) and Carlos Norman was 42nd (33:55).

The senior women’s race was the next event and Box Hill had ten competitors in the 8 kilometre event.  Gemma Maini (Frankston) secured her first Victorian title winning in the time of 28:55 from Karina Fyfe (Glenhuntly) in 29:00, with Sarah Waters (Geelong) third in 29:15.  June Petrie was our first athlete listed in the provisional results, finishing 39th (32:56), winning the gold medal in her age group.  June picked up 10 places in the second lap, a most impressive effort. Second across the line for Box Hill in 72nd place was Amanda Harper (35:28).  Amanda held 88th place midway through the first lap so she also came home with a wet sail. Liza Henshall, 95th recorded 36:55, followed by 103rd-placed Pia Hunter (37:27) and 109th-placed Talitha Crawford (37:51).  Others to compete were Megan Sloane who finished 143rd, Amelia Savige, 152nd, Caitlin Harrison, 161st, Kelly Ulf, 172nd and Nicole Smith, 179th.

Our senior men’s teams were very strong and we had 22 athletes finish the course, and four complete Box Hill teams finished, which was a very pleasing outcome. The race started uphill with a redesigned course that many athletes said they preferred over previous iterations of the course, which could be quite brutal.

There were 392 finishers, so it was a large field despatched by the starter at 2.30 p.m. Immediately after the start, a sea of grey surged to prominent positions and by the halfway point in the first lap, two Box Hill athletes were well clear of the rest of the field.  Rhys Jones, who has run a number of times for Box Hill previously, is based in South Australia and flew over to test his fitness against the best that Victoria could offer. Rhys took the lead within 500 metres of the start and opened up an eighty metre break in the first lap.  Will Potter also ran clear of the pursuing field to hold second position about thirty metres clear of the pursuing pack.  Steve Kelly held equal third position, running with Nick Wightman (Geelong), Doug Hamerlok (Frankston), Toby Rayner (Glenhuntly)and Nick Van Raaphorst (Ballarat).  Daniel Clark held 9th position, James O’Connell was in 14th position and Nick Baggott was 18th, just ahead of Michael Dowel, 20th. Steve Dinneen realised just before the start his timing chip was not secured to his shoe, as is required and, whilst he was attending to this, the starter had despatched the field, so he went off nearly 600 metres behind the field, not an ideal situation.  He also had the misfortune to have been ill over the last fortnight, curtailing his training completely, so today was not his day.

By the middle of the second lap, Rhys Jones had maintained his lead over all pursuers.  Ninety metres separated him from the rest of the field.  Toby Rayner and Nick Wightman had ranged up into second and third places with five centimetres separating them. Hamerlok was next, a miniscule distance in front of Steve Kelly.  Will Potter had paid a bit of a price for his early exuberance, but was running with excellent cadence not far behind, and best of all for the club, holding his form and not conceding ground to the athlete behind him. Legend Steve Moneghetti suddenly appeared out of nowhere, in 16th place, having overtaken James O’Connell, 17th, Daniel Clark, 18th, Nick Baggott, 21st and Michael Dowel, 22nd.  Oscar Robinson held 34th position, John Meagher, 37th place, with Klarie McIntyre in 41st position.  Steve Dinneen had made up incredible ground to have lifted to 54th place, just ahead of Welday Mebrahtu, 55th.  Michael Vaughan was 65th and Dave Jimenez was running powerfully in 85th place.

At the 9 k mark, Rhys Jones was still holding a substantial lead over Toby Rayner who had a marginal lead of 10 to 20 centimetres over Nick Wightman. Steve Kelly was in fourth position and running so well it appeared that he might breach the gap between the runners ahead of him, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.  Hamerlok was a little distance behind Steve, with Will Potter still displaying grit and determination in holding 6th place ahead of Nick van Raaphorst (Ballarat). It was then time for your correspondent to make his way back to the finish.

The final lap saw more action at the front of the field with Nick Wightman getting away from Toby Rayner, in pursuit of race leader, Rhys Jones.  Wightman put in a withering finishing burst and began to make significant ground on Rhys Jones.  Perhaps 600 metres from the finish he claimed first place, leaving Rhys in his wake.  Rhys held his form and did not allow Rayner to pass him.  Rayner won the bronze ahead of the fast finishing Steve Kelly, who crossed the line in 4th place (although claiming the bronze medal).  Steve had no intention of allowing Hamerlok to beat him in the concluding stages of the race.  Steve is surely reclaiming the great form he demonstrated in 2012 and 2013 and it seems reasonable to assume that before the end of the season he will improve his position on the dais. Not long after, Will Potter, who had run very courageously, crossed the finish in 6th position, another excellent effort.  Will is having his best ever season and is performing very consistently at each outing. Then we saw a procession of well-placed Box Hill athletes, starting with Daniel Clark, 16th, who had fought back tenaciously from the middle of the race, with Michael Dowel next across the line in 17th.  Michael ran a fine last lap, overtaking five athletes, thereby demonstrating he is on the rise. Shortly after, James O’Connell ran through the heavily taped finish structure in 20th position, in yet another impressive performance.  James has kept a very high standard after numerous breakthroughs in the summer. (The inflatable AV finish line had sprung a leak and the western side of the base was covered in gaffer tape to prevent it from complete collapse.)

Nick Baggott also ran particularly well to place 23rd and was unlucky not to make the Division 1 team.  Like James, he has had a marvellous Winter season to date and has become a fixture at the top end of the field this year, attaining heights that may have been thought of as improbable just a year or two ago.  It is worth noting that he would have been the highest scoring or one of the highest-scoring athletes in many of the other Division 1 teams, and he would have been a scoring member of the top team in every other Division 1 team. Oscar Robinson came 40th, mentioning he had not been feeling at the top of his form.  All his other 2015 races have demonstrated he would normally have placed at least 10 to fifteen places ahead of where he was on the day. Steve Dinneen picked up another 10 places in the third lap of Bundoora Park to cross in 44th position.  John Meagher was 48th and second in his age division, behind Steve Moneghetti, which was an excellent accomplishment.  Klarie McIntyre placed 53rd, Welday Mehbrahtu was 76th, David Jimenez ran through in 83rd position and Michael Vaughan also secured a top 100 position completing the course in 90th place.

Box Hill has unofficially won the Premier Division title in this race and we believe has claimed second place in Division 2 behind Athletics Essendon. Therefore this was a very good day for our men’s teams and cements us in first place at the head of Division 1 and in a very competitive place in Division 2, with six more races on the calendar.

Men’s Placings in the 12 k Victorian Cross Country Championship

  1. Nick Wightman           Geelong       37:32
  2. Rhys Jones                  Box Hill        37:43
  3. Toby Rayner                Glenhuntly  37:46
  4. Steve Kelly                  Box Hill        38:16
  5. Doug Hamerlok           Frankston    38:29
  6. Will Potter                             Box Hill        38:42
  7. Nick van Raaphorst     Ballarat        39:08
  8. Ryan Geard                 Essendon    39:19

16.Daniel Clark               Box Hill        39:57

17.Michael Dowel            Box Hill        40:01

  1. James O’Connell    Box Hill        40:29
  2.     Nick Baggott                   Box Hill        40:35
  3.     Oscar Robinson     Box Hill        41:51
  4.     Steve Dinneen      Box Hill        42:11
  5.     John Meagher       Box Hill        42:20
  6. Klarie McIntyre      Box Hill        42:39
  7. Welday Mehbrahtu Box Hill        44:04
  8. David Jimenez       Box Hill        44:30
  9. Michael Vaughan   Box Hill        44:56
  10. Andrew Hester       Box Hill        45:45
  11. Trent Collins           Box Hill        47:12
  12.   Luke Crozier                    Box Hill        48:03
  13. Peter Stefanos       Box Hill        49:26
  14. Chris O’Connor      Box Hill        50:47
  15. Dino Crivelli           Box Hill        55:52
  16. Simon St Hill                    Box Hill        60:14
  17. Andrew Tunne       Box Hill        71:58


Women’s Placings in the 8 k Victorian Cross Country Championship

  1. June Petrie           Box Hill        32:56
  2.     Amanda Harper     Box Hill        35:28
  3. Liza Henshall         Box Hill        36:56
  4. Pia Hunter             Box Hill        37:27
  5. Talitha Crawford    Box Hill        37:51
  6. Megan Sloane       Box Hill        40:29
  7. Caitlin Harrison      Box Hill        42:41
  8. Kelly Ulf                 Box Hill        44:37
  9. Nicole Smith          Box Hill        46:12