03 Jun 2015
In pre-race dispatches, four schools loomed as the favourites to win the 2015 GSV Division One Cross Country Championship. After the Preliminary Championships on 19 May, it was determined that 30 points separated MLC, Melbourne Girls Grammar, Loreto and Ruyton.
In the lead up, Ruyton was well aware that their reputation as the State’s best meant little in a race format that required an even spread of depth over three age groups.
In such a close contest, the school with the greatest desire and team spirit is usually the victor. Ruyton’s Cross Country team has proved for over a decade that it has an unrivalled culture and the team relishes intense competition.
An inspired performance by Ruyton’s Years 5 and 6 runners in the GSV Preview gave the team genuine momentum leading into the first Points Race. The Years 7 and 8 Team raced with great determination and composure to claim the Junior Trophy and give Ruyton a handy lead over its rivals. The six best Ruyton Junior performances were:
Junior GSV Championship – field of 240
Charlotte W 2nd, Maddy T 9th, Olivia H 10th, Lucy D 13th, Olivia M 22nd, Ellora K 23rd.
The Intermediate Team shrugged off the aches and pains of recent physical issues and ran with great passion for the School. Individual placings were only relevant in the context of the team performance. Despite being decimated by injury and illness throughout the season, the Intermediate Team banded together to produce one of the more powerful displays of courage to further extend Ruyton’s lead. The first six Ruyton girls across the line in the Intermediate race were:
Intermediate GSV Championship - field of 240
Laura P 6th, Jessica H 8th, Ella W 9th, Eleanor P 19th, Sophie M 29th, Hannah W 30th.
As the Senior Team prepared for the final race, many of the girls realised this would be their final GSV Cross Country for Ruyton. Drawing upon their great belief in the team, the Senior Team rallied together to finish 3rd overall in the team section. In the lead up to the Championship, this team was ranked 6th overall and looked to be Ruyton’s area of vulnerability. Sensing the need to run with greater intensity, the Senior Team produced their best result for the season when it counted most. The first six Ruyton girls to finish in the Senior age group were:
Senior GSV Championship – field of 240
Sarah B 3rd, Natalie R 4th, Paris P 5th, Audrey C 33rd, Maddy B 78th, Schrader M 86th.
Since the GSV was established in 2001, there have been 15 GSV Cross Country Championships. The GSV Division One Cross Country Premiership table now reads: Ruyton 12, Melbourne Girls Grammar 2 and Genazzano 1. It should be remembered that Ruyton is the 16th ranked school in the GSV in terms of school population. Ruyton has maintained this enviable reputation because it relentlessly works together as a team and has tremendous belief in the heat of competition.
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