On Thursday 27 May 2021 the Emmanuel ACC Cross Country team descended upon Perry Lakes Reserve for the annual ACC Cross Country Carnival. After weeks of solid training, throughout many cold mornings, the team was ready. Leading into the event we had confidence we would perform well. The amount of students we had at training and the commitment shown, was second to none. We had a few key runners out late due to illness and injury, but other students stood up to the challenge. There were numerous students running up age groups, all for the benefit of the team and they did so without hesitation. This embodies what Emmanuel sport is all about, and that our athletes care for the team.
Before we embarked on the journey to Perry Lakes, we announced our two ACC Cross Country Captains, Genevieve Brink and Darcy Sallur. They both have been involved in our ACC Team since Year 7 and were deserving of this role.
In 2021, there were changes to the distances of the course. For the first time, all u/13-u/14 students would run 3km and u/15-open students would run 4km. It was exciting to see how our students would perform with the extra distance. All Emmanuel athletes worked themselves to the limit. There were many great individual performances on the day and it is important to understand that each race has well over 350 competitors running. Some outstanding Top 50 finishes from Emmanuel students were:
As a team, it was another very successful day. Not only based on results, but the way our students conducted themselves. The boys overall aggregate score put them in 19th place and the girls overall aggregate placed them 9th.
A fantastic effort by the girls to achieve top 10 finish!
It is important to note we did not have as many top end individual finishes, but the consistency between our runners was the major improvement in 2021. Our final overall placing was 11th out of 76 schools, a fantastic effort. This is our second best ever finish as a College!
Congratulations should go to all team members who trained really hard and for their determination on the day. I could not be prouder of our athletes for the effort they have put in over the past six weeks, not only for themselves, but for the College.
A special thanks to Mr Bradley, Mrs Winfield, Mr Leech and Miss Sliskovic for their help on carnival day and the lead up to the event.
Official and final results and be accessed at: https://accsport.asn.au/carnivals/cross-country/results-0
Mr Jarrod Parry
Head of Sport