Hayes sets cracking pace

ELMORE teenager Teleah Hayes produced a stunning run in the Athletics Victoria XCR circuit at Albert Park on Sunday.

In her first hit-out for Flack Advisory Bendigo Region this cross-country season, Hayes clocked a time of 34:40.65 in the 10km road race.

The South Bendigo Athletics Club star was fifth overall in her first open-age race in XCR.

Elmore's Teleah Hayes.

Elmore's Teleah Hayes.

Records are not kept for road races in Bendigo, but Hayes’ effort can be compared to the 10km track record of 35.05 held by Clare McKechnie.

An outstanding season by South Bendigo’s Taryn Furletti rolled on at Albert Park. Furletti was third in the under-16 girls race in a time of 10:18.57. Clubmate Yazmin Hayes clocked a time of 10:43.36 to be 10th in the same event.

The division five men were runner-up to the powerful St Stephens in the10km duel on the Albert Park course.

University’s Nigel Preston ran a great time of 33:29.74 to be eighth of the country-based athletes.

Bendigo Harriers’ Rossi Evans is quickly returning to his best and ran 37:21.00 to be eighth in the 50-54 years class. He was seven seconds clear of clubmate Peter Cowell, who was running for Vic. Masters.

Ben Stolz from Bendigo Harriers ran 37:17.25, and South Bendigo’s Daniel Plowright finished in a time of 37:56.54.

Bendigo Harriers’ Alice Wilkinson ran an excellent race in 40.44 to be 51st in the women’s open 10km.

Wilkinson has jumped more than 50 places from her first AV run.

Echuca-based athlete Brady Threlfall raced on invitational basis and was 13th in the men’s open in a time of 30.48.

Meanwhile, in-form backmarker Jacob Nolan won Sunday’s ninth race in the Bendigo Athletic Club’s cross-country season at Notley’s Reserve.

Nolan started at the back of the pack in the 6.5km Schultz and Stewart Landscaping-sponsored run and had some work to do to catch the 14 runners ahead of him on the Whipstick course.

After he passed fellow backmarkers Adam Parker and Dan Ryan in the middle stages, Nolan approached the final hill where the main group was slowly ascending the 500m climb.

Nolan made the most of recent hill training sessions to overtake all but Kevin Shanahan and John Bailey.

The backmarker lifted a gear and rapidly closed the gap. At 300m to go, Nolan passed Bailey and charged toward Shanahan who also lifted his rate.

The younger athlete flew past Shanahan to be victorious in a time of 22.35.

Nolan returned to this years BAC cross country season after claiming back-to-back club championships with the Victorian Cross Country League.

The Parker brothers, Jack and Baxter fought out a great duel in the juniors 1km at Notley’s Reserve.

It was Jack’s second win of the season in a time of 4.43 ahead of Baxter, 4.32 and Georgia Ryan, 6.46.

Category results for the 6.5km Schultz and Stewart Landscaping race:

Fastest time: Jacob Nolan 22.35, Adam Parker 23.39, Dan Ryan 23.55. Under-23: Nolan, Lachlan Perdon 28.36, Demi Goodall-Hoffman 37.52.

Veterans: Kevin Shanahan 28.42, John Bailey 29.29, Rod Stewart 29.15. Open: Parker, Ryan, Ben Goode 24.35. Women’s: Rhonda Schultz 40.09, Goodall-Hoffman 37.52.