Cross Country – Bendigo

Box Hill had some great results at the second event of the cross country season at Bendigo on Saturday 14th May 2005. On the dry and hilly Belvoir Park Golf Course our runners put in some excellent performances.


8km Cross Country

Our Division 1 men’s team improved on its 3rd placing at Yarra Bend to take 2nd behind Glenhuntly, with our first six finishers all in the top 35 placings.

This is a superb result, especially considering that both Marcus Tierney and Luke Yeatman were missing from the team.

In particular, Alan Craigie continued his terrific form to be our first runner home, Daniel Clark raced very well in his first open individual cross country event and new club member Simon Watson showed that he will be a valuable member of the team throughout the winter.

Individual Placings:

16. Alan Craigie    26:38
17. John Meagher    26:42  1st 40+
23. Adrian Vincent  27:17
30. Daniel Clark    27:41
33. Barry Lynch     27:51
35. Simon Watson    27:59

In Division 4 Box Hill easily won the team’s event, with Andrew White starting to return to form, Steve Dineen running well in his comeback season and Paul Boxshall running well after returning from a long illness.Individual Placings:

37. Andrew White    28:06
43. Steve Dineen    28:23
46. Graeme Olden    28:28  3rd 40+
53. Paul Boxshall   28:41
68. Chris O’Connor  29:10  5th 40+

We had three finishers in Division 7 with John Vaitkunas another athlete on the comeback trail running strongly ahead of Gary and Jamie Strudley. Unfortunately, Scott Jackson aggravated his hamstring injury sustained at the Cross Country Relays and was unable to complete the course.

Individual placings:

160. John Vaitkunas  31:46
245. Gary Strudley   35:56
253. Jamie Strudley  36:44


6km cross country

After failing to fill a team in a number of events last year our women’s team has been dropped to Division 2, but hopefully we can reverse that situation by winning this division this season.

Jocelyn Keage, Rachel Johnson and Jess De Bruin all ran well to convincingly win the Division 2 competition.

Division 3 results have not been finalised but good runs by Fiona Turner, Amanda Harper and Kerry Putt should ensure a good result. Welcome to Inge Magher and Gemma Duhig who competed for Box Hill for the first time on Saturday.

Individual placings:

15. Jocelyn Keage     24:05
23. Rachel Johnson    24:50
26. Jessica De Bruin  24:58
29. Fiona Turner      25:17
43. Amanda Harper     26:08
71. Kerry Putt        28:51
86. Inge Magher       31:30
87. Gemma Duhig       31:52

Under 18 3km cross country

Hayley Tomlinson ran strongly up the hills to win a silver medal in the under 18 competition with Coreena Cleland finishing in 11th place.

2.  Hayley Tomlinson  11:39
11. Coreena Cleland   12:44