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MCC impressive at Inter-School Cross Country eventPosted in on Monday, 19 June, 2017

The 2017 ACC Inter-School Cross Country Carnival was treated to perfect running conditions and Mandurah Catholic College competitors took full advantage of the perfect weather, weighing in with very impressive performances that resulted in finishing  18th overall in a field of 71 schools.

A squad of 70 MCC competitors  tested their courage and physical endurance to run in the 3km and 4km events. Competition was fierce and the starting line often resembled the infamous running of the bulls.

Many great individual performances, as well as a strong team finish, earned excellent overall results:
¥ 18th School overall
¥ Top 10 finish in the Overall Girls’ standings
¥ 28th in the Overall Boys’ standings

The 10 best individual performances of the day:
1. Jaide Britton (pictured, far right) came home like a freight train to finish 6th in the U/15s 3km race with a time of 10:50. She is such a determined competitor and wouldn’t be denied gaining positions down the finishing chute.

2. The Lymn Sisters, Jorja (31st) and Mysti (43rd), showed that they can run as fast as they swim with solid top 50 performances in both their races. Older sister Jorja won the sibling crown by edging out Mysti by 11 seconds with her time (11:49 for Jorja and 12:00 for Mysti).

3. Jackson Knight who, despite his stature, really took it up to most of the 2m tall “men’ from other schools. Jackson started strong and despite being overtaken late put in a brilliant performance; he should be proud of 33rd in the Open Boys’ race, an achievement not to be sneezed at so a tip of the cap goes out to this Year 11 student.

4. ‘Jumpin’ Jai Henare ran a cracking time of 14:38 for 4km to come 29th in the U/15s Boys race. This race contained our most consistent six runners and all performed to a high level to produce some fantastic running. Dylan Fowlie, Jackson Constantine, Gab Braceros, Ben Smith and Middle School captain, Exton Menzies will be dominant in MCC Cross Country for years to come. Well done lads!

5. Speaking of captains, Senior School captain, Hayley Greenwell was superb in the Open Girls’ race finishing 22nd with a personal best of 11:39. Hayley spent most of her day chilling in the tent but when it was race time ‘The Cannon’ (as she likes to be known) powered her way to a masterful performance that made the College proud. You’re a legend HG!

6. Remember the name Kiara Hobbs. Great student but also a great runner, finishing 26th in the U/14s Girls’ event. And the beauty of her only being in Year 8 is that we get to see her run for the College for the next four years. Yay!

7. Another great female performance was from ‘The Law Firm’, Kloe Phillips-Jones, who finished Top 20 in the U/16s Girls’ event with a time of 11:49. With a 14th place finish, Kloe makes running look easy for us mere mortals. No wonder we finished Top 10 in the Overall Girls rankings, you were all awesome. Maybe Beyonce was right? Girls do run the world…

8. ‘The Smith’s’! No not the band (you won’t know them, so do some research) but MCC’s very own brothers, Steven and Ben. Steven ran a 15:19 to come 33rd in the U/13 Boys’ race while older brother Ben ran a 16:32 to come 176th in the U/15’s. What does this mean? In the ACC Cross Country Sibling Challenge it is younger brother Steven who comes away with a Round 1 Knockout! You will have to wait until next year to get some revenge, Ben!

9. ‘The Terrific Trio’ of girls who stepped up from their age group to compete in the Open event performed brilliantly! While Sophie Johansen (Year 9) showed nerves initially she ran on strong to finish 81st, while just ahead of her were quiet achievers Tiarna ‘Hunting for Places’ Hunter (Year 8) who finished 70th and Larissa ‘I’m Too Strong’ Strong ((Year 8) who finished 72nd. Out of their age group but not out of their depth!

10. The last “individual performance” is for every single student who represented the College on the day. It was probably the best Cross Country carnival I’ve been involved in and a credit to you all for giving your very best, not only at the event but at the training sessions in the lead-up to the ACC carnival. Whether you ran in your own age group or above, not at all or were disappointed with your result you should all be proud to represent your College. I am sure I can say on behalf of all the PE staff that they were proud to stand side by side with you throughout the Cross Country season.

That closes the door on Cross Country for 2017. See you all again in 2018! And of course until then…keep on running!

Mr Danny Chartres
Inter-School Sports Coordinator