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ACC Cross Country Carnival

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Picture02On Thursday 1 June, Servite College competed in the ACC Cross Country Carnival held at Alderbury Reserve, Perry Lakes. This year we had 86 competitors from Servite competing against over 3,000 students across all ACC schools.

The continuation of the 200km Running Club meant we had a dedicated group of students at training on Wednesday and Friday mornings, with up to 25 runners at some of the training sessions. This is outstanding considering the number of College sporting teams that these and other students are involved in.

Unlike the Swimming and Athletics carnivals which are split up into divisions, all of the ACC schools participate in the cross country carnival on the same day. Each school is allowed to have up to 6 runners compete in each age group. This means that each race could potentially have up to 300 competitors. Considering this I would like to congratulate the following students who placed in the top 50 in their race:

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Elsheikh is to be congratulated on his outstanding effort, winning the U19 Boys race. He ran a very strategic race keeping pace with the front runners before finishing strong with a sprint finish in the last 100m to take the victory. This outstanding effort is made more impressive when you consider there were 293 competitors in the race, majority of whom were in Year 12 and Elsheik is in Year 11. Due to his effort, Elsheikh was selected to join the ACC Cross Country All Stars Team. This team is an "All ACC" honorary team consisting of the top 5 runners in each age group across more than 65 schools.

Our aim for this year was to qualify for the overall shield and finish in the top 20 schools. To do this a school needs at least 3 runners in every age group to finish in the allocated time (19 minutes for the girls 3km and 23 minutes for the boys 4km course). We achieved our first goal of qualifying for the shield, but unfortunately we did not achieve our second goal of finishing in the top 20 schools. We finished 25th out of 67 schools. Still an outstanding achievement considering the size of some of the schools that finished ahead of us on the day.

Click here to view a full list of results on the ACC website.

Thankyou to Mr Matthew La Spina who has coached the team since Week 2 of Term 1. Without your help we would not have been as successful as we were. I would also like to thank Mr Matthew La Spina, Ms Tessa Anderson and Ms Huggins who attended the ACC carnival and made sure students were in their events and Ms Piccirilli who supported our two students who participated in the Inclusive Event. Thanks also to Ms Marevic who transported our Year 11 and 12 runners to and from the carnival to ensure maximum time was spent preparing for their exams and to Tamara Kordic and Celes Nicolaou (class of 2016) and our student helpers who were officials for the day.

And finally thankyou to the Cross Country team of 2017, your attitude, motivation and desire to compete for your College is second to none and you all deserve the fantastic results you achieved. WELL DONE!

 

Mr Brett Dayman
Head of Learning Area – Health and Physical Education