Fantastic Energy at Junior Cross Country

Wow, did you see them run? If you missed this event you missed something special! These little champions ran their hearts out to gain house points and feel the pride of competing well in their cross country races. Most children ran the whole way showing the huge gain in fitness levels during the Run Around Australia Challenge.

The atmosphere was set from early morning as the tents were smothered with blue, green and red adornments, getting more and more creative with every carnival we have! Sharks and crocs ruled the arena but as the children swarmed up on to the oval each house tent was full of eager children ready to race. War cries rang out as each team battled to be crowned the war cry champions. Cheering from the tents continued throughout each event as each house team cheered their runner’s home.

There were some outstanding runs by very competitive athletes and several races were not decided until the last 200m. Lainey Grieve and Ella Childs both came from behind to beat Lilli-Jean Cruise and Amy Trevan respectively after very entertaining and tactical races. Bryce Sambrook quickly strode out into the lead in his race and lead the Year 2 boys from start to finish with a beautiful display of distance running.

It was great to see so many parents come to support and cheer on their children and grandchildren. Placegetters received ribbons and Spot prizes were given to students finishing in randomly pre-chosen placings.

Points were very close with only two points separating Zion and Ararat in the race points making Zion the running Champions. House Spirit Points were also given for tent decoration, war cries and cheer and support during races. This was a very close competition too with Ararat just managing to come out winners ahead of Sinai and Zion.


Year First Second Third
Prep Girls Saige Wilson Jorja Palmer Reghan Boxsell
Prep Boys Nicholas James Sonny G Dylan Bradley
Year 1 Girls Islah-Lyleigh Dwyer Zara Wilkes Nikita Hazzard
Year 1 Boys Jake O’Grady Thomas Quinn Max Cashin
Year 2 Girls Lainey Grieve Lilli-Jean Cruise Zara Cody
Year 2 Boys Bryce Sambrook Jaymes Roser Jack Lecky
Year 3 Girls Ella Childs Amy Trevan Kate Faherty
Year 3 Boys Xander Bryant Noah Smerdon Flynn Ward