Cross Country | Meet 4

Saturday, 8 May 2021

The front of the U14s pack

Mr Spratt, wracking his brains, assured me that it is unlikely we had ever, before this season, vanquished every other CAS and GPS school in two out of three age groups. Yet our U14s and 16s, last Saturday, did just that. The rarity of this feat for any school bears witness to the strength of our Cross Country squad – and by squad I do not merely refer to the first four, technically point-scoring runners in each age group, but to all the runners who encourage and push each other to make our team better. As well as victory, therefore, many wonderful stories of fortitude and resilience emerged.

Our Under U14s team was bolstered by the return of Angus Royal (7Ar), who is usually otherwise engaged as an AFL athlete, as well as Daniel Simpson (6Ta), whose sport was also cancelled. Both of these runners ran superbly, scoring the very high places of 8th and 14th, and compounding the typically excellent results from Matthew McLachlan (8WJ) and Kobe Stewart (7Yo). Joshua Lubke (7Ta) continues to impress with his consistency on his return from injury, while Jaidan Sivapirabu (7Hi), placed remarkably highly in his first race ever, coming 54th. Other mentions this week are deserved by Jack Zhang (8St) and Ashvin Nagaratnam (7Yo), both of whom typify the determination of the 22 Trinity runners in this age group – a remarkably high number.

Our Under 16s team defeated second-placed Shore by a margin of only two points, and this is again so obviously due to the strength of the team overall, our first runner placing only 8th. This was Jack Waide (10Ke), whose comeback from injury is looking more and more complete. His solid run was backed up by Joseph Cantlon (10Du), Ben Moloney (9Yo) and Micheal King (10Ta), who placed in 10th, 11th and 12th respectively. Several of our other runners were not far behind, and spectating parents were heard to exclaim, “You’ve got a good team!” as a wave of green and white washed through. Other highlights include the unfailing consistency of Chris Qiu (10Du), as well as the debuts of Miles Angus (10WH) and Jack Hartzenberg (10Yo). The latter two, not used to such long and hilly courses, both ran well and did Trinity proud, with Miles especially running a particularly stable race, passing numerous runners who went out too hard. The quotation of the day belonged to Jason Liu (10WH), who, on reaching Coach Raptis after his race, exclaimed with exasperation, “Sir, I got outkicked!” Next time, Jason!

Finally, our Opens team was missing their Captain but fought well to achieve 7th overall and 2nd in the CAS. Theo Christian (12He) led the way, placing 11th, while Keelan Stephandellis (11Hi) in 49th, Oscar Martin (11Sc) in 58th and Rory Clunas (11Yo) in 60th filled out the rest of the team. The highlight of this age group for Trinity was the return of Matthew Lubke (11Ta), his first race since ongoing injury troubles, as well as the increasingly positive return of William Cooper (12Hi), whose alternating run-walk contained perhaps too much running! This symbolised, though, the love that our runners have for the sport; one of the hardest (yet most important) things for them is holding themselves back in a seemingly slow injury recovery programme.

Unfortunately, due to booking issues, our race for tomorrow cannot be held at St Ives Showground. Instead, Knox will host at the same park as last week, Upjohn Park in Rydalmere. We look forward to nice morning of fierce but friendly competition!

Good running,

Phillip Mugridge | MIC of Cross Country

Some of our U16s crew (Cantlon, Waide, Potter, Pliatsikas)

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