Mans­field ath­letes com­pete at state cross coun­try

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER SCOREBOARD - By SUE McCOR­MACK

A SMALL group of Mans­field ath­letes braved a cold windy day at Wester­folds Park Tem­plestowe for the Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Vic­to­ria State Cross Coun­try event last Satur­day, July 25.

Sam and Os­car Guppy were there to give it a go and see if it is some­thing they might like to pur­sue fur­ther in the fu­ture.

The pace was fast and fu­ri­ous around the 1km course, and both boys proved their stamina by pass­ing many ath­letes up heart­break hill, but were out­sprinted on the flat to the fin­ish line.

It was a great ef­fort up against a group of ath­letes who have spent the last 10 weeks com­pet­ing in the win­ter cross coun­try se­ries.

Os­car placed 57 in the un­der 7 boys and Sam 22nd in the un­der 8 boys.

The other two ath­letes com­pet­ing for Mans­field were Brooke Mullins and Ty­nan Mims, both fan­tas­tic dis­tance run­ners who have had the op­por­tu­nity to train for and com­pete in the 10 week win­ter cross coun­try se­ries through their af­fil­i­a­tion with the Yarra Ranges Ath­let­ics club.

Mims and Mullins raced over a 3km course in big com­bined fields, the track un­du­lat­ing over a num­ber of hills at a crack­ing pace.

Mullins placed sixth in the un­der 13 girls and Mims had a fan­tas­tic race com­ing home with a sil­ver in the un­der 14 boys event.

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