Young runners pick up the pace

MORE than 650 students from 14 of southern Tasmania’s independent schools participated in the 2019 Southern Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (SSATIS) Cross Country Carnival, held at the Pontville Equestrian Centre in late May.

The event is run annually in conjunction with Athletics Tasmania, with the best runners in age groups ranging from under 13 to open competing for school shields, age group pennants and individual placings.

The event returned to Pontville after two years at the Rokey Police Academy and was held in cool, but fine conditions.

There was some fabulous efforts on the day, with all competitors displaying great determination as they tackled either a 3km, 4km, 5km or 6km course.

“The new course was fantastic,” SSATIS administration officer Nikki Stuart said.

“It gives the athletes plenty of challenges, but also opportunities to break away.

“Many students will now look ahead to the Athletics Tasmania 2019 Tasmanian Secondary All Schools Cross Country event at Symmons Plains on 2 July.”

The Friends School won the girls junior shield, girls aggregate shield and all co-educational shields.

The Hutchins School won the boys senior and aggregate shield, while St Virgil’s College won the junior shield following Cremorne resident Felix Meyer winning the under 13 boys 3km.

St Michael’s Collegiate were victorius in the girls senior shield, with Ruby Bayley taking out the open girls 4km.

Individual category winners were as follows:

U13 Boys 3km Felix Meyer – St Virgil’s College.

U14 Boys 4km Isaac Bonsey – The Hutchins School.

U15 Boys 4km Alexander Kwa – The Friends’ School.

U16 Boys 5km Dominic White – Sacred Heart College.

Open Boys 6km Rob Elkerton – The Hutchins School.

U13 Girls 3km Cate Clingeleffer – St Mary’s College.

U14 Girls 3km Ella Atkins – Fahan School.

U15 Girls 3km Maddison Brooks – Mt Carmel College.

U16 Girls 4km Georgia Chambers – St Mary’s College.

Open Girls 4km: Ruby Bayley – St Michael’s Collegiate.

Caption: More than 650 young runners competed in the 2019 SSATIS Cross Country Carnival.

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