July 17, 2016
Box Hill failed to make is seven wins from seven events in the men’s premier division of XCR’16, finishing second behind MUAC for the first time this year.
It was nevertheless a good performance from our team that was not at full strength.
Box Hill also had some great results in the junior events, with Matt O’Donnell winning a bronze medal in the U20 division and Scott McKenzie picking up a bronze in the U18s.
Another clear day on the winter calendar, but with a buffeting wind and low temperature to compensate. The women’s race was run separately from the men’s race due to safety concerns, and the men’s race and under 20 races, combined, were despatched at 8.30 a.m. Box Hill was hoping for a continuation of its winning streak, but, unfortunately, that was not to be.
There were well over four hundred open age competitors (nearly 425 runners), 26 under 20 athletes and 18 under 18 competitors lining up at the start of the men’s races. Box Hill had 22 open-age and over-age group competitors and 5 athletes competing in the underage races.
The course consists of the start, followed by a two out and back loop of around four kilometres each and then the sprint to the finish with the last 250 metres being run on the Lakeside track. It’s essential to wear a timing chip or the athlete faces disqualification.
The race commenced and a small group of six athletes immediately detached itself from the rest of the field. This group consisted of Liam Adams (Essendon), shortly to represent Australia in the Olympic Marathon, Mitchel Brown (Essendon), Nick Earl (Melbourne University), Nick Whiteman (Geelong), Jordan Nelson (Knox) and Tim Norton (Ringwood). The next time the athletes were visible, Liam Adams was exerting pressure on the other leaders and went clear near the five kilometre mark. Box Hill had five athletes near the front, being James O’Connell, ninth, Steve Dinneen, 11th, Peter Green 16th Andre Waring, 26th, and Nick Baggott, 27th. After another six or seven hundred metres as they commenced their second loop James, Steve and Peter held the same positions, Andre had moved up to 23rd and Nick moved to 21st. Klarie McIntyre and Dion Finocchiaro were also running strongly a little further back, quite close to each other. Chris Bradford was also going exceptionally well, probably his best race for the winter. So was Zac Hunter, who seems to have been improving with every race for the season. Also in the top 100 were John Meagher, Welday Mebrahtu and David Jimenez. Three of our under age athletes were running exceptionally well and mixing it with the seniors: Matt O’Donnell, following his triumph at Sandown the previous week, was in a really good position, around 30th, it appeared, and Alex Ritchie also in the under 20 race, was around 55th. They were both moving extremely well. Equally as pleasing, was that Scott McKenzie, running in the under 18 race, was also doing extremely well, also in the low fifties overall. .
Liam Adams opened up a very large gap during the second loop and was over 20 seconds ahead of Mitch Brown as he ran through on to the track towards the finish. Mitch was clear of Nick Wightman by around eight seconds. Nick Earl lead in the University team, fourth, five seconds back, and Tim Norton finished firth, another 25 seconds later. Our runners then started arriving, with James O’Connell first in in 11th place. Steve Dinneen followed in 13th position. Peter Green picked up another spot in the last loop to place 16th. Andre Waring came in 24tt, followed by Klarie McIntyre 36th, which completed the Division 1 team.
Melbourne University had runners placing 4th, 7th, 15th, 17th, 27th and 29th, so they beat our team by 19 points. They have really been performing well this year, and deserved their win. We are confident that we have placed second, with SSH in third place. So our run of unbroken victories this year concluded at Albert Park. It appears that Frankston and Knox may not have finished a team. We are clearly leading the Premier Division Championship this year and with only three events left, we are in a very strong position. We have great depth this year and our athletes are running PBs most times that they compete.
Our Division 2 team also appears to have finished second, behind Essendon. Dion Finocchiaro was 36th, followed by Chris Bradford, who ran a very impressive 46th (winning the silver medal in the 40 – 44 age group), and only just behind the winner, Brett Coleman of Geelong) and Zac Hunter who was 50th. John Meagher placed 59th and he also won the gold medal for the 50 – 54 age group. The other team members were Welday Mebrahtu, 74th and David Jimenez, 88th.
In the under 20 race, Matt O’Donnell ran home really well and crossed the line in the bronze medal position, a tremendous result. Congratulations Matt. You are having a really excellent winter season and improving at every outing. Alex Ritchie also impressed again and made a top ten position, finishing 9th. This was an excellent effort also. And Carlos Norman rounded out the team finishing 21st. We believe that Box Hill won the silver medal in the team’s race behind Western Athletics.
The under 18 men’s race also produced a bronze medal result for Box Hill. Scott McKenzie ran extremely well at Sandown last week, with one of the fastest performances in his age group. This week, he ran really impressively with a very fast time and won third place. Well done Scott – a very fine effort. Lucas Pamminger also did well, placing 8th in the same race.
Box Hill had six senior women on the course for the women’s race. This race produced a great duel between Virginia Moloney (Collingwood) and Sinead Diver (South Melbourne), with Moloney eventually prevailing by a slender margin. Third place was taken by Tarli Bird (Glenhuntly). Julie Norney ran extremely well and took 14th place. Georgie Meehan was 35th, Pia Hunter ran solidly to claim 66th position. Amanda Harper claimed 85th, Rachel Johnson finished 120th and Kerry Putt came 160th. There were 226 finishers in this race.
We had two under 20 female competitors in the 3 k road championship: Jess Muirden who finished approximately 10th, but was omitted from the provisional results, and Chloe Rosenberg who finished 12th.
Individual placings and times men’s 10 k road
- Liam Adams Essendon 29:48
- Mitchel Brown Essendon 30:21
- Nick Wightman Geelong 30:23
- Nick Earl Melb Uni 30:28
- Tim Norton Ringwood 30:51
- James O’Connell Box Hill 31:12
- Steve Dinneen Box Hill 31.38
- Peter Green Box Hill 31:42
- Nick Baggott Box Hill 31:46
- Andre Waring Box Hill 31:59
- Klarie McIntyre Box Hill 32:33
- Dion Finocchiaro Box Hill 32:49
- Chris Bradford Box Hill 33:09
- Zac Hunter Box Hill 33:28
- John Meagher Box Hill 33:56
- Welday Mebrahtu Box Hill 34:47
- David Jimenez Box Hill 35:10
- Ed Doyle Box Hill 36:12
- Garth Calder Box Hill 37:08
- Andrew Hester Box Hill 37:19
- Jackson Deane Box Hill 37:20
- Tony Langelaan Box Hill 37:29
- Luke Crozier Box Hill 37:43
- Peter Stefanos Box Hill 38:40
- Chris O’Connor Box Hill 39:31
- Rob Ashbridge Box Hill 40:27
- Jack Hill Box Hill 41:47
- Simon St Hill Box Hill 45:00
Premier Division team placings (provisional)
- Melbourne University 99
- Box Hill 116
- SSH 168
- Geelong 214
- APS 352
- Doncaster 455
- Collingwood 460
- Glenhuntly 552
Under 20 men 10 k road
- Liam Cashin Western Aths 31:52
- Cassidy Shaw Geelong 31:59
- Matt O’Donnell Box Hill 32:08
- Alex Ritchie Box Hill 33:32
- Carlos Norman Box Hill 37:06
Box Hill second
Under 18 men 10 k road
- William Ockenden Glenhuntly 32:36
- Callen Goldsmith Mornington 32:56
- Scott McKenzie Box Hill 33:30
- Lucas Pamminger Box Hill 36:46
Women’s placings and times 10 k road
- Virginia Moloney Collingwood 33:53
- Sinead Diver Sth Melbourne 34:00
- Tarli Bird Glenhuntly 34:39
- Julie Norney Box Hill 36:49
- Georgie Meehan Box Hill 39:02
- Pia Hunter Box Hill 41:20
- Amanda Harper Box Hill 42:29
- Rachel Johnson Box Hill 44:26
- Kerry Putt Box Hill 47:55
Under 20 women 3k road
10? Jess Muirden Box Hill Timing chip malfunction
- Chloe Rosenberg Box Hill 12:37