MORE than 2500 primary school students invaded the Bendigo Jockey Club yesterday for the annual Division Cross Country titles.
Students aged from eight to the 12 competed on the day, with each age group of boys and girls divided into four sections.
The elite runners competed in the blue division, while red division, green division and gold division runners also competed on the day catering for students across all ability levels.
Students who finished in the top 10 in the blue division earned a spot at the Regional Championships in St Arnaud on June 4.
From that event students have a chance to progress to the Victorian Cross Country Championships.
12 boys – Archie Reid (Echuca) 11.36, Chase Costello-Manning (Echuca) 12.05, James Mittell (St Francis) 12.17.
12 girls – Zahra Hayes (OLSH) 12.43, Isabella Hill (St Augustine’s) 12.46, Bridie Semmens (Winters Flat) 13.27.
11 boys – Lachlan Balcke (Lockwood) 12.02, Ned Buckell (Kennington) 12.03, Matt Buckell 12.29 (Kennington).
11 girls – Sarah Taylor 12.50 (Echuca), Hollie Davidson 13.34 (Echuca), Yazmin Hayes 13.45 (OLSH).
10 boys – Rhys Botton 8.43 (St Francis), Ethan Featherby 8.55 (St Therese’s), Harrey Gallagher 8.57 (St Therese’s).
10 girls – Emma Gilligan 9.19 (Creek Street), Jacqui Taylor 9.51 (Echuca), Grace Mann 9.54 (Echuca).
9 boys – Jake Lyons 8.56 (Big Hill), Travis Bruce 9.00 (Echuca), Kobi Hall 9.03 (Eaglehawk North).
9 girls – Tullie Rowe 9.46 (Golden Square), Emily Everist 9.59 (Girton Grammar), Macey O’Shea 10.14 (St Therese’s).
8 boys – Jett Patullo (Huntly), Riley Morris (Kyabram), Cohen Ryan (Eaglehawk North).
8 girls – Keely Fullerton (Cal Gully), Poppy Palmer (Lockington), Kohana Pearce (Huntly).