Melville athletes perform well at Cross Country Nationals

Melville athletes performed extremely well at the recent national cross country chanpionship held in Wollongong well at Cross Country Nationals. Read the report from Ross Keane.

Melville were well represented at the 2019 Australian Cross Country championships, held recently on a warm 25C Saturday in NSW.

The event was run on a purpose- built cross-country course in the city of Wollongong.

The eight Melville athletes firstly had to run and place highly in the WA team selection race held back in May.

Having achieved selection they then raced here against the best runners from across Australia and also New Zealand

Our standout performer of the championships was Vanessa Miller who went top-ten this year

Vanessa ran not just fast but also with great concentration to pace well throughout the race in the U18’s and finish over the top of other runners to cross the line 9th out of the 93 starters.

Special mentions also to Ashton Nichols and Angus McArthur who competed very well in their first National championship

Many more Nationals to come for both of you boys I am sure.

Each of Melville’s other runners also finished their races and performed well against very stiff opposition

All the WA kids love these Cross country trips away making new friends, swapping badges and bits of uniform with the other states, territories and New Zealand.

The Nationals long weekend becomes much bigger than just a running race.

I think Melville club is ready to have our own running weekend away next Winter
Stay tuned for more information on that one.

Ross Keane

In age order the Melville runners were:

Angus McArthur
Ashton Nichols
Noah Bailey
Tom Millard
Dylan Bailey
Tia McArthur
Vanessa Miller
Raynor Keane

Here are some of athletes in action: