BENDIGO University's Billy Meade charged to an impressive victory in the latest round of the Adam Parker Electrical-backed Tuesday Night Series for athletes at the Flora Hill track.
Meade, 14, led the charge by the young bridge in the 3000m race at the Latrobe University Bendigo Athletics complex in Retreat Road.
First four to complete the 7-and-a-1/2 lap duel were aged 14, 13, 12 and 13.
It was Billy Meade, son of top triathlete and distance runner David Meade, who reigned supreme in a time of 10 minutes 32.95 seconds.
Runner-up was Max Rowe, 10:55.87; as South Bendigo's Thomas McArthur and University's Mason Woodward clocked times of 11:10 and 11:12.
University's Darren Hartland led the way for the more experienced athletes in the field as he claimed fifth place in 11:27.
Fastest female was Alice Wilkinson, racing on invitational basis.
Wilkinson ran the event in 12:34 to be ninth overall.
Highlights included personal best efforts by Melissa Barnes and Justine Graham by 33 and 27 seconds respectively.
The field of 31 in Tuesday's race included Eaglehawk's Jake Rusbridge, sixth in 11:34; son and father combinations Mychael and Eric Baker from Bendigo Harriers, Kane and Braxton Safstrom from University.
Lucy Teale was 16th in 12:59 as University's Andrea Smith followed up a gold medal-winning feat at Athletics Victoria's state relay championships just three days earlier to be 17th in 13:09.
Also on track were Hunter Gill, racing well at 71-years, and clubmates Yvette Tuohey, Tony Vlaeminck from Bendigo Harriers.
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