The 2023 OLMC Cross Country season commenced at the start of Term 2, with approximately 60 students participating in training on Friday mornings at Warringal Park. This was in preparation for a hectic and rewarding GSV Cross Country Season, which included two GSV Training Meets at Yarra Bend Park.
These training meets provided the runners with the experience of running the set distances for their age group - 3 km for Juniors and 4 km for Intermediates and Seniors - an excellent preparation for the GSV Preliminary and GSV Championship Cross Country Events.
The team participated in the Preliminary Event on Tuesday 16 May at the familiar Yarra Bend Park track. The final results of this event determined which division we would be allocated to for the Championship Event a week later.
In 2022 OLMC won Division 3 at the Championship Event and this year we wanted to go the next step and qualify for Division 2. With strong and courageous performances from the squad, we reached our goal and were successful in qualifying for Division 2.
The Championship Event was held on Friday 26 May at Cruden Farm in Langwarrin. This farm is regularly used for Athletics Victoria Cross Country events and this year was the second year that GSV hosted its Championship event at this magnificent venue. A final squad of 42 students represented OLMC at the event, with the Juniors placing sixth overall, and the Intermediate and Seniors placing seventh. Overall OLMC finished seventh in Division 2 - a fantastic effort on the day and a respectable end to the OLMC Cross Country Season.