SUAC quinella at State Relay Championships

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SUAC finished both 1st and 2nd to take out a quinella at the 22nd Athletics NSW Cross Country Relay Championships on Saturday at Miranda in a feat no club has ever believed to have achieved before.

So dominant was the display from SUAC that the SUAC ‘B’ team nearly provided the upset of the season, leading the SUAC ‘A’ team for the first three and a half legs of the 4 x 4km relay, stirring fear in the heart of EAP scholarship holder James Nipperess who ran the fastest individual leg of the Championships to claim victory for the ‘A’ team.  Fellow team mates were Nick Bromley, Daniel MacDonald and Ben Liddy. 

The depth in the club was on display with ‘B’ team runners Russell Dessaix-Chin and EAP scholarship holder Hugh Williams running the 3rd and 5th fastest times of the day.  Proving SUAC is a force to be reckoned with in 2012 and defending Winter Premiers, the ‘C’ and ‘D’ teams finished 10th and 11th in the State, both beating last year’s winners Randwick Botany to the line.

In the women’s race EAP scholarship holders Eliza Barton, Lauren Parsons, Milly Clark and Rosie Weber all representing SUAC for the first time finished strongly in the wet, cold and extremely muddy conditions with Milly running the 2nd fastest time of the day barefoot to finish 4th overall.

In the Winter Premiership, SUAC now leads Sydney Striders by 29 points with the next race being the NSW XC Championships on 23 June at Nowra.

In other news, SUAC wishes Club Captain Lachlan Renshaw all the best at his next race in Stockholm on 9 June to achieve Olympic selection in the 800m.  Good luck also to Modern Pentathlete and SUAC athlete Ed Fernon in his preparation for London 2012.

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