Sun Shines on Prep School Cross Country
Amid the wet, winter weather, the Preparatory School staged two successful cross country events in beautiful sunshine at Mt Claremont last week. The first was the Years 3 to 6 Inter-house Cross Country Carnival, followed by the JPSSA Inter-School Cross Country, which was hosted and won by CCGS.
The inter-house carnival, which was postponed due to rain, included four races this year with the addition of the Year 3s. Forrest was named the overall winner of the Champions Shield followed by Stirling, Giles and Dale. Dale was awarded the Spirit Shield for outstanding sportsmanship and support of all runners.
Preparatory School Sportsmaster Brady Leckie said the boys had been training all term. “It was great to see the boys, who all earned points for their houses, giving 100 per cent effort in front of so many parents,” he said.
On Thursday, Christ Church defended its 2010-title when it won the second annual JPSSA Interschool Cross Country Carnival. All seven PSA preparatory schools competed with 70 boys, from Years 4 to 6, lining up in each race.
Mr Leckie said the boys knew they needed to work together as a team as the competition’s format includes the points of the schools’ top eight competitors.
In the Year 4 event, four boys finished in the top 10 including Tom Ball, who finished third. “It was an amazing effort by the Year 4 squad members, as this was their first taste of inter-school competition,” Mr Leckie said.
The Year 5s also performed very well with Marc Boyatzis leading the group and multiple boys finishing in the top 10. Ben Cunningham led the charge in the Year 6 race with all squad members running well and finishing strong.
In the end, Christ Church finished on 326 points followed by Hale (602) in second place and Trinity (630) in third. Mr Leckie said it was an amazing effort by all boys to work so well together and come out with a terrific victory.