Podium fin­ishes for lo­cal se­condary col­lege ath­letes Young skiers shine at Vic­to­rian Cross Coun­try In­ter­schools

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MANSFIELD Se­condary Col­lege fielded a team of eight ded­i­cated cross coun­try skiers last Sun­day at the State XC Cham­pi­onships.

Dan Walker, Div 1, who has par­tic­i­pated in this event for the past nine years, was first out of the start gate in a time trial event and raced a gru­elling 3km for a mid­field re­sult.

Ol­lie Walker, Div 2, was next away and per­formed well de­spite a huge crash, also fin­ish­ing the 3km mid-field.

Div 2 skier Lulu Mc­Don­ald was next away.

Lulu has trained dili­gently through­out the win­ter and was of­ten seen first thing in the morn­ing out on the XC trails.

Her hard work paid off and she per­formed bril­liantly over the 3km to fin­ish in 3rd place against some very tough com­pe­ti­tion.

Jamieson McNa­mara was next out of the start gate for his 2km race and looked strong on the course, com­ing away with a first half of the field re­sult and nar­rowly miss­ing a spot in the Na­tion­als.

These four ath­letes all com­peted as in­di­vid­u­als in their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions.

The Div 3 girls were well rep­re­sented with four com­peti­tors for their 2km race.

The re­sults were out­stand­ing: Bella Green 6th place, Elise Em­pey 9th place and Talia Ap­ple­ton 14th place, giv­ing these three an over­all 3rd place as a team.

Ali­cia Fox also com­peted as an in­di­vid­ual in Div 3 and ended up with a very re­spectable mid-field re­sult.

Elise, Bella and Talia com­peted again in the af­ter­noon in the re­lay skate event.

The girls were su­per quick and looked strong on the tran­si­tions to fin­ish 4th over­all and earn a place in the Na­tion­als.

Lulu, Elise, Bella and Talia have all qual­i­fied for the Aus­tralian In­ter­schools in both the in­di­vid­ual and team XC events.

THE MANSFIELD BOYS: Jamieson McNa­mara, Ol­lie Walker and Dan Walker.

THE MANSFIELD GIRLS: Talia Ap­ple­ton, Elise Em­pey and Bella Green.

BRONZE: Lulu Mc­Don­ald per­formed bril­liantly over 3km to fin­ish in 3rd place.

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