Roeger and Ryan take victory at ACT Cross Country Championships
For the second year the ACT Cross Country Championships, combining Little Athletics ACT, Athletics ACT and ACT Masters Athletics championships into one event, took over Stromlo Forest Park in what was a sunny and mild winter’s morning.
Athletes from 5 through to 77 converged on the infamous De Castella cross country course for events from 500m through to 10km. Some notable athletes attending this year’s event included Michael Roeger who took out the 2019 World Para Marathon Championships at London Marathon and Emily Ryan who represented Australia at the 2017 World Cross Country Championships.
Roeger and Ryan both ended the day triumphant in the Open 10km men’s and women’s event. In the men’s event Roeger took a commanding lead with just over 3km to go finishing with a time of 31:47.70. Crossing the line in second and finishing first ACT athlete was Philo Saunders (Weston Creek) with a time of 32:37.20. Three NSW athletes took out the next three places with Vincent Donnadieu (Sydney Uni) finishing third. Emily Ryan (Weston Creek), who has spent the better part of this year returning from injury made a solid comeback taking victory in the women’s event with a time of 37:38.50.
The U20 women’s race saw Ruby White (NCGA) take victory in the women’s 6km in a blistering 20:48.10. Finishing in second was 800m specialist Keely Small (Weston Creek) who has returned from injury which cut her summer season short. Small crossed the line with a time of 21:54.20. Ginninderra’s Katie Porra crossed the line third. In the U20 men’s 8km a tactical affair took place with a close finishing sprint finish seeing James Bartholomeus (Woden) hold off the fast finishing Callum Burns (NCGA), their times only separated by seconds after 8km. Aidan Pitt (SCT) cross the line in 3rd place.
In the younger age-groups there were dominant displays of running from Daniel Dreher (Weston Creek) who took out the U18 boy’s 6km in 19:49.10. Visiting NSW athlete and regular at the ACT Championships, Jaylah Hancock-Cameron (Bankstown) stormed away from the U18 girl’s field over the 4km event to win in 14:19.20. Chloe Bateup (Weston Creek) was the first ACT athlete across the line, finishing third overall. In the U16 4km event the boy’s race was won by James Lemon (Ginninderra) and the girl’s race won by Josie Lemm (NCGA).
The U14 3km race saw some strong performances from North Canberra-Gungahlin athletes with win’s in both race’s and a second in the boy’s race. Cameron Myer was victorious in the boy’s race a head of club-mate Owen Radajewski. Jacob Sheperd (Woden) rounded out the top 3. Over in the girl’s race, Olivia Greenhalgh (NSW) was first across the line. Thea Reinhardt (NCGA) was third across the line but first ACT athlete.