MUAC out en masse at Jells Park

Round 1 XCR16: Jells Park Cross Country Relays

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The winter season kicked off with a flurry of activity at Jells Park on Saturday as a record number of MUAC athletes come out to race over the rolling hills at the foot of the Dandenongs. With 12 MUAC debutants, the team selection was difficult and produced some promising line ups in the sash. Supporting the team were dedicated volunteers Phil van Dueren and Cassie Cohen (who did double duty as team photographer for the day) along with Maria O’Sullivan who organised the ever-changing line ups of the womens’ teams.  The 11 MUAC teams were up against more the 300 teams from around Victoria and there would be some exciting racing all day.  Our Premier Men’s team was lead off by Andy Buchanan, fresh from a sterling summer of track racing, who clocked the fastest time of the day (17:45) amongst the 1000+ runners.  MUAC held the lead until the fifth of six legs as a thrilling race unfolded with the top three separated by only 20s, with MUAC not far back in 5th place. A strong MUAC team will only become stronger over the next few rounds with some top tier runners set to return. The Premier Women’s team saw a generational change as the loss of stalwarts Al Bryant Smith (to London) and Sarah McSweeney (to Brisbane) presented the opportunity to some young athletes, who’ll look to build on their 9th place. The top result for the day was achieved by a team of four debutants in Div 7, with Kevin Liu, Michael Dardis, Tristram Feder and David Coward taking 2nd place, a result that will have the selection panel looking very closely when relay selection comes around again. MUAC will be back in action in three weeks for Round 2 of XCR16: the Wandin Park Cross Country on May 7th.

Debutants

Tom Jepson
Marcus Wong
Kevin Liu
David Coward
Michael Dardis
Tristram Feder
Lanita Steer
Ella Jackson
Pippa Trevella
Courtney Parker
Vanessa Hope
Sophie Kimmins

Results

Premier Women 9th 2:06.50
Division 2 Women 11th 1:51.10
Division 4 Women 8th 1:24.31
Division 5 Women 15th 1:49.20
Premier Men 5th 1:55.30
Division 2 Men 10th 1:08.30
Division 3 Men 10th 1:55.51
Divivision 5 Men 4th 1:37.40
Division 7 Men 2nd 1:35.41

Full results

 

XCR16 Round 1: Jells Park Cross Country Relays