Lakeside Stadium, 8 December 2016
On debut over 10000m on the track, NCAA cross country champion Patrick Tiernan showed the field a clean pair of heels to win by half a minute. The Queensland native broke 28 minutes with a clocking of 27:59.74, with King Island’s Stewart McSweyn second in 28:29.65 and Chris Hamer third in 29:02.00.
In the women’s race New Zealand’s Camille Buscombe was equally dominant, stopping the clock at 32:34.41 ahead of Bridey Delaney (33:04.72) and Makda Harun Haji (33:05.73).
Bridey Delaney ran strongly throughout the second half of the race to secure her third national title, following victory at the national cross country in 2013 and 3000m in 2015.
Western Australia’s Matthew Ramsden impressed in wet conditions in the de Castella 3000m, surging away from the rest of the field over the final lap to record a 8:24.53 victory.
ACT’s Keely Small was too strong for her competitors in the Ondieki junior 3000m, with the 15-year-old stopping the clock at 9:36.35 just ahead of Victoria’s Henriett Lawrence.
It was trying conditions throughout the meet, with sunshine punctuated by a strong storm.