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Bendigo, Box Hill take out cross country relays at Jells Park

Bendigo District and Box Hill Athletics Club have taken out the cross country relay titles at the opening round of the Athletics Victoria XCR series at Jells Park.

In cold conditions with intermittent showers, Bendigo District proved too strong in the men’s 6x6km relay, taking line honours by just eight seconds after 36km of racing ahead of Western Athletics, with Box Hill Athletics Club just four seconds further adrift.

Bendigo’s victory came with a strong final leg of 17:41 from Andy Buchanan, who was backing up just a fortnight after making his marathon debut in Hamburg, where he recorded a fast 2:12:23. Buchanan’s split was the third fastest of the day, behind national 1500m record holder Stewart McSweyn (17:30) and national 10000m record holder Jack Rayner (17:40).

Jack Rayner, running for Western Athletics, recorded the second fastest split of the day.

Fastest men’s splits of the day

Athlete & ClubSplit
Stewart McSweyn
St Stephen’s Harriers
17:30
Jack Rayner
Western Athletics
17:40
Andy Buchanan
Bendigo Region
17:41
Andre Waring
Box Hill Athletics Club
17:53
Seth O’Donnell
Mentone Athletics Club
17:55
Liam Cashin
Western Athletics
17:56
Tom Thorpe
St Stephen’s Harriers
18:03
Lachlan Herd
Knox Athletics Club
18:21
Alexander Ritchie
Box Hill Athletics Club
18:25
Brady Threlfall
Bendigo Region
18:26

In the women’s 5x6km relay a strong Box Hill quintet of Stella Radford, Georgia Hansen, Victoria Skaltsonis, Hayley George and Sarah Billings took a resounding victory by over four minutes from South Melbourne, with Glenhuntly 70 seconds further behind.

The fastest split of the day was set by Australian mile record holder Linden Hall, in 20:07.

Fastest women’s splits of the day

Athlete & ClubSplit
Linden Hall
Athletics Essendon
20:07
Georgia Hansen
Box Hill Athletics Club
20:15
Stella Radford
Box Hill Athletics Club
20:42
Sarah Billings
Box Hill Athletics Club
20:55
Rachel McGuinness
South Melbourne Athletics Club
21:07
Madison King
Glenhuntly Athletics Club
21:17
Madeleine Murray
St Stephen’s Harriers
21:24
Amy Robinson
Mansfield Athletics Club
21:27
Gabrielle Vincent
South Melbourne Athletics Club
21:45
Sophie Coughlin
Sandringham Athletics Club
22:09

Over 1,000 athletes took to the course over the duration of the day. Check out the highlights package from Athletics Victoria below.

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