By Jonathan Edwards, Assistant Coach, Middle Distance Squad
The XC season began in earnest yesterday with the 2017/18 renewal of the Chiltern League Series. The first of five legs took place at Oxford with large fields assembling across all events. 25 athletes appeared from the Middle Distance Squad with mixed fortunes. Those placing within the top 30 (overall result – combined Division 1 and 2) which gives a better measure of where each athlete currently stands in their age groups were:
Under 13 Girls: Olivia Edwards 13th and Amy Lane 27th (95 in the field)
Under 15 Boys: Michael Armstrong sixth, Freddie Truman-Williams 12th and Sam Burnell 15th (86 in field)
Under 15 Girls: Amy Cassidy 21st (85 in field)
Under 17 Men: Kristian Imroth first and Jamie Ayres 14th (60 in field)
Under 17/Junior Women: Scarlett Wager-Leigh 16th (61 in field)
Team Of the Day: The U15 Boys who came second in their category. The boys (Michael Armstrong, Freddie Truman-Williams, Sam Burnell, Jamie Bailey, Thomas Durrant, Jack Raine and Thomas Ashton) are becoming a very strong team with a great team ethic both in training and in competition. They support and look out for each other. If this Group can continue to commit as they have in their last two competitions they have the potential to do extremely well in the age group.
Individual Performance(s) of the Day: Kristian Imroth never disappoints and “trotted” up a very convincing winner in the U17 men’s event. He is looking imperious and his season will go from strength to strength. Michael Armstrong is a very decent XC runner for an 800m specialist and will have a great season if he commits to enough events. This time he ran through the line!!
Special Mentions: Amy Lane (U13G) ran a very strong event given her lack of continuous training, Amy Cassidy (U15G) who seems to revel at XC events, Sam Burnell (U15B), the story continues (!), Thomas Ashton (U15B) who bravely hobbled round for the team after picking up an injury early on, Angus Saunders (U17B) who showed great promise in his debut appearance and Scarlett Wager-Leigh (U17/Junior Women) a recent acquisition from Chiltern who shone on her debut albeit as a non-points scorer whilst the transfer of her registration is awaited. She is a delightful young lady who is proving a real Squad asset.
Thanks to Barry Cornelius for the photos of our U17 athletes. In the main photo above, Kristian leads the pack before building a 45-second lead over second-placed Max Perry of Vale of Aylesbury AC.
Middle Distance placings in Division I
U17 men: Kristian Imroth – 1st; Jamie Ayres – 9th; Angus Saunders – 21st. Team stading: 4th
U15 boys: Michael Armstrong – 3rd; Freddie Truman-Williams – 8th; Sam Burnell – 11th; Jamie Bailey – 24th; Thomas Durrant – 25th; Jack Raine – 39th; Thomas Ashton – 43rd (injured). Team standing: 2nd.
U13 boys: Ollie Painter – 21st ; Tim Fryer – 23rd ; Rafael Armstrong – 39th.
U20 women: Scarlett Wager-Leigh (guest) – 16th; Grace Birdseye – 25th
U15 girls: Amy Cassidy – 15th; Jess Benveniste – 34th ; Izzy Painter – 35th; Lily Boden – 39th ; Jess Hoar – 67th. Team standing: 7th.
U13 girls: Olivia Edwards – 9th; Amy Lane – 16h.
Next Outing: The SEAA XC Relays at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday 21st October 2017.
Thank you to all the MDS athletes who participated at Oxford and to their parents for their valuable support.