XCR ’19 Round 6 – Albert Park Lake

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, 46thKatherine Foley, 52ndLucinda Buckley, 56thPia Hunter, 89th (and fifth in her age category) June Petrie, 94th(and was first in her age category), Rachel Johnson 101stKaman 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)
Team Placings
Division 1
1       SSH                           120
2       Box Hill                    133
3       Western Athletics       138
Division 2 
(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
Division 3 
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
Under 14
4       Jack Ewison             Box Hill                        10:30
Under 16
10     Izak Bibile                Box Hill                        9:38
Under 18
22     Murray Lovass         Box Hill                        41:19

Under 20
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)
Team Placings
Division 2
1       Box Hill                    95
2       Diamond Valley        263
3       Mentone                    281
Division 4
1       SSH                           132
2       Box Hill                    182
3       Bendigo                    264
Division 5
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
Under 16
7       Roxy Phipps             Box Hill                        11:29
Under 18
1       Ashlee Treagus         Box Hill                        10:02
Under 20 
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. 

Men’s results
Premier Division Box Hill                       1:54:22SSH                              1:54:33Western                        1:54:53Glen Huntly                  1:57:42Doncaster                     2:03:28 
Individual times
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      
Individual times
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
Division 3
15        Box Hill                  2:05:00
Individual times
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 
Individual times
Jordan Abbott                     10:07
Jack Ewison                        11:10
Izak Bibile                          10:23
Under 18 MenBallarat                         29:08Box Hill                       29:21Western Athletics          29:50         
Individual times
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
Women’s results
Division 2Box Hill                  1:30:46Geelong                  1:34:26Malvern                  1:46:26 
Individual times
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 
Individual times
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 
Individual times
Team 1
Rachel Johnson                   26:01
Amanda Harper                  27:27
Kaman Ip                           27:47
Team 2
Caitlin Harrison                  30:33
Talitha Crawford                32:20
Kerry Putt                           29:49
50+ WomenBox Hill                       1:16:13Malvern                        1:23:30Waverley                      1:28:10 
Individual times
Julie Norney                       23:38
June Petrie                          26:45
Pia Hunter                          25:49