On Tuesday, May 4 Yarrawonga College P-12 raced the Cumberoona for their annual year 7 -12 Cross Country.
Each year the students race at a different venue and are faced with a different challenge so by the completion of their year 12 year they have had the opportunity to compete in six different cross countries over their time at high school.
This was the sixth different course and challenge for current year 12 students, and what a unique experience it was.
Students assembled at the Yarrawonga Rowing Club as the Cumberoona left its moorings and once it was away the whistle was sounded loudly signalling the commencement of the great race.
Students raced through to the Yarrawonga Yacht Club and along River Road through to the foreshore which was a run of approximately 3.2kms.
The Cumberoona steamed around Chinaman’s Island and hugged River Road.
Sounding its whistle to remind the runners it was hot on their tail.
On reaching the finish line three large blasts signalled the end of the race.
Approximately two thirds of the students and staff can boast that they beat the Cumberoona.
Students and staff have the opportunity until June 21 to purchase a t-shirt, stating that “I raced the Cumberoona.”
Order forms are available from either general office.
It was a great college event well supported by both students, staff and parents.
Thanks must go to Allen Ralph’s team from Moira Shire for making the course as safe as possible, Fallon’s Buslines for ferrying all the students safely to and from the event and a massive thank you to the Knowles family and the crew of the Cumberoona, who were so positive in support of the run and donating their time and energy for free.
A race against the Cumberoona would be a great community event for the town in the future.
We hope someone will act on this opportunity.
If you have any enquiries about the Cumberoona don’t hesitate to contact the friendly crew on 0477666099.
Over 40 students were also confident enough to take on the next challenge to represent the college in the Ovens and Mitta Cross Country at Beechworth last Thursday. Well done to all involved.
Age Group Champions
13 years Female Champion: Madison Ibrahim
13 years Boys Champion: Logan Stone
14 years Female Champion: Ella Rhodes
14 years Boys Champion: Dillon Kirchen
15 years Female Champion: Suzi Levesque
15 years Boys Champion: Hunter Surrey
16 years Female Champion: Lara Langford
16 years Boys Champion: Brock Wallace
17 years Female Champion: Olivia Giggins
17 years Boys Champion: Joel Odwyer
20 years Female Champion: Liz Halliwell
20 years Boys Champion: Aidan Williams
First: Sturt, 595
Second: Hovell, 415
Third: Mitchell, 337
Fourth: Hume, 324