Ju­niors turn to shine in cross coun­try

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

WHILE the Hop­pet is some weeks away some of the fu­ture stars of the sport were on show at Falls Creek re­cently in the Vic­to­rian Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships.

About 80 ath­letes con­tested the clas­sic sprint on Satur­day and the freestyle dis­tance events on Sun­day.

Per­fect weather con­di­tions and great tracks saw some great ski­ing and close rac­ing.

“Some re­ally strong com­pe­ti­tion in both the boy’s 10km and the girl’s 5km, giv­ing a bit of a preview of who will be in con­tention for the AGL En­ergy in Ac­tion Schol­ar­ships at this year’s Joey Hop­pet,” Hop­pet or­gan­iser Alan Mars­land said.

“Jar­rah For­rer’s win to­day puts him in a strong po­si­tion for the U18 boy’s award. Fastest girl over the 5km was Lily Boland from Ul­ladulla, who rep­re­sented Aus­tralia at the Youth Win­ter Olympics in Lille­ham­mer ear­lier this year.”

In the clas­sic sprint the older age class was won by Stella Ajani and Tom Hoogen­raad although both fi­nals were hotly con­tested.

Age class vic­to­ries went to Fedele de Campo and May­sen Duffy in the U16, Tommy Sil­vester and Lily Mur­nane in the U14, and Emma Prest and Jay­den Spring in the U12.

There was some close rac­ing on Sun­day in per­fectly pre­pared skating trails both the 5km and 10km events were hotly con­tested with the lead groups stay­ing in touch for most of the race.

The win­ners for the cat­e­gories were U10 An­nika Benne-Kee­ble and Isaac Spring, U12 Gabrielle Baines and Jay­den Spring, U14 Lily Mur­nane and Tommy Sil­vester, U16 May­sen Duffy and Fedele de Campo, U18 Lilly Boland and Jar­rah For­rer and U20 Stella Ajani.

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