Juniors turn to shine in cross country
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.