Cross Country

Last weekend saw the Cross Country squad head out to Parramatta for the King’s Invitational. Glorious conditions were made even better by a coffee cart and barbecue, exploited by staff and boys alike. These two treats had been a casualty of COVID, so everyone was overjoyed to see them return. A great reward for the boys after a tough race and a comfort for some staff members, knowing that if they sleep in and don’t have time for breakfast, a juicy bacon and egg roll will be waiting for them.

The hard work at training for our juniors is really starting to show with most boys placing higher than the previous week. As usual, Matthew McLachlan (8Wj) put on a show, finishing 1st for the fourth week in a row. Joshua Lubke (7Ta) had a strong race to finish just outside the top 10, as did Andy Lin (8WJ) who managed to sneak inside the top 50. Cooper Beanland (7Sc) and Thomas Deller (8Ho) continue to get fitter each week and are showing great improvement.

In the intermediate race, Trinity managed to claim the top five spots out of the CAS schools, a great achievement! Ben Moloney (9Yo) and Micheal King (10Ta) both finished inside the top 10 overall. Ryan Gupta (10WJ) is getting more experienced each week, finishing 19th and growing in confidence in the lead up to the CIS meet. Jack O’Shea (9He) and Miles Angus (10WH) both had strong races and continue to make good progress with their running.

King’s has the benefit of being able to host on their school grounds, meaning for the Opens race, crowds of King’s boys were cheering on their peers, creating a great atmosphere for all runners. This was arguably the strongest field of the season given that a number of younger students from CAS schools were running up an age category with the aim of qualifying for the CAS team to compete against GPS later in the season.

A number of Trinity boys had very gutsy runs, leaving nothing out on the course. Patrick Cantlon (12Du) rose to the occasion, blinding the opposition with his new white carbon fibre shoes, helping him put together one of his strongest races of the season to finish 2nd. Theo Christian (12He), with his bright pink set of wheels, is starting to get back to his supreme fitness level and showed a huge amount of grit to outsprint two competitors in the home stretch, finishing 6th overall. Jack Waide’s (10Ke) return to fitness is coming along nicely, running up an age group and finishing 5th out of the CAS runners to secure his spot on the CAS team. Also running up an age group, Joseph Cantlon (10Du) continues to be very consistent,having a brilliant race and locking in a reserve spot on the team.

It was great to see Luca Gillard (9St) back for his first race in a long time and a good opportunity for him to see where his fitness is at. Jesse Ring (11He) showed his raw pace with a brilliant sprint finish. As usual, steady Eddy Wu (12Sc) pushed through the tough conditions although without as much steadiness this week, deciding to remove his tracksuit pants midway through the race to get some more airflow. Thankfully he was wearing shorts underneath!

This weekend we are back at North Ryde Common for the Barker invitational. A tough but familiar course, and a venue where we have had plenty of success.

I’ll leave you with some words from Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-4-minute mile:

“We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.”

Rob Currer, Cross Country Coach

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