Keyser on fire at XCR

Briar Keyser in the Under 20 women's 4km event. Pictures: SUPPLIED.

By Jamie Strudley

Briar Keyser was the standout athlete from Yarra Ranges Athletics at round 4 of the Athletics Victoria XCR season. Cross country running on a deceptively tough course at St Anne’s Winery near Bendigo provided a challenge to all athletes.

Briar, competing in the U20 Women 4km event, started fast and held her rhythm throughout the tough 4km lap to finish in third place, a continuation of her form so far this season.

The other highlight from the day was a third place to our young Under 14 women team. Lily Clarke had her best race at an XCR event finishing 12th, followed by Bree Coffey (15th) and Adele Ellis (16th) to secure the team bronze medal.

Olivia Twining showed she is not far away from a top 10 finish, staying in the mix with the leading pack throughout her 8km event, eventually finishing 12th. Olivia led the team to another second place team result.

Top finisher in the open mens race was Tynan Mims, fresh off a 30 second PB over 10km two weeks ago. Tynan stayed close to the lead group to finish in 13th place. Tynan was closely followed in by team mates Max Savill-Bentley (24th) and James Laven (26th) to set up a third place team result.

Full results are:


Female Open 8km: Olivia Twining 12th 31:06; Katrina Winger 35th 33:50; Bonnie Morris 60th 36:18; Georgia Laven 78th 37:27; Erica Purcell 144th 52:54;

Female 20 4km: Briar Keyser 3rd 15:30; Madeline Laven 11th 16:25;

Female 16 3km: Zoe Clarke 18th 13:01;

Female 14 4km: Lily Clarke 12th 18:38; Brienna Coffey 15th 19:32; Adele Ellis 16th 20:01;

Male Open 8km: Tynan Mims 13th 25:38; Max Savill-Bentley 24th 26:24; James Laven 26th 26:29; Reuben Johnson 84th 28:28; Daniel Groves 136th 30:06; Sam Arnold 149th 30:32; Luke Hunter 163rd 31:10; Matthew Morrison 196th 32:35; Michael Clarke 259th 34:52; Bryan Ackerly 320th 39:20; Craig Hewitson 364th 47:19;

Male 16 3km: Mitchell Pointon 17th 10:40; Blake Saloyedoff 31st 12:26

Our Saturday morning cross country continued with round 8 at Morrison Reserve, Mt Evelyn. Very cold but sunny conditions (eventually) kept the huge turnout of athletes and supporters enthusiasm high. Results will be posted next week but we are sure there were a lot of PB runs this week. Nearly ran out of choccie frogs!

Next Saturday is round 9 at Lilydale Lake. See you there from 8.45 for warm ups! Anyone wanting to help set up please arrive earlier.

Results from round 7 at Elizabeth Bridge, Kilsyth are:


River Farmilo 2.20; Kylan Milne 2.24; Tarlee Lewis 2.48; Rowan Coffey 2.57; Maisie McLeod 2.59; Pippa Stark 3.51


Ivy Ingle 5.05; Angus Clarke 5.18; Angus Congreve 5.18; Noah Hewatt 6.11; Jasper Dean 6.12; Lola Farmilo 6.26; Willliam Hastewell 7.30


Riley Yorke 6.04; Lucas Pauly 6.12; Milly Hall 6.20; Victoria James 6.36; Brock Peel 7.09; Indi Budin 7.20; Levi Jones-Palazzolo 7.23; Etta Thoma 7.25; Tillie Sommers 7.25; Sadie Hewatt 7.26; Amelia Sketchley 7.33; Georgia Cooke 7.38; Delia Coffey 7.39; Fletcher Norman 7.52; Iola MacKay 7.53; Winter Anderson-Bonsor 8.23; Cody Buckland 8.24; Spencer Norman 8.35; Byron Stark 8.42


Samuel Thomas 6.59; Theodore Lewis 7.42; Holly Yorke 7.55; Xander Sommers 8.09; Lexi Aders 8.11; Pippa Congreve 8.16; Caitlyn McKerlie 8.17; Hugo Gibbs 8.21; Dominic Nealon 8.42; Tess Hewatt 8.45; Kirsten Mcerlie 9.26; Arizona Peel 9.30; Hugh Richardson 9.56; Jake Buckland 10.08; Alice Sabo 10.23; Eamon MacKay 10.32; Meadow Anderson-Bonsor 10.38; Olivia Cox 10.39; Ashleigh Christian 10.47


James Crome-Smith 10.26; Archie Budin 11.02; Cameron Yorke 11.05; Hamish Mcerlie 11.23; Tim Anderson-Bonsor 11.33; Daniel Gibbs 11.59; Ilikimi Tove 12.16; Lily Clarke 12.41; Bryan Ackerly 12.42; Mackenzie Graham 13.11; Victoria James 13.12; Tori Kincaid 13.17; Toby James 13.41; Elise Hall 14.51; Adele Ellis 15.38; Hayley Corrigan 15.41; Rori Jones 15.41; Acacia Anderson-Bonsor 17.46; Katie Clarke 17.47

Cross country training for all club members is at Morrison Reserve on Tuesday evenings from 5.30pm and Thursdays from 5.30pm at the Victoria Road Primary School gym. Yarra Ranges Athletics welcomes and encourages all athletes of any age or ability. New members and anyone interested in trialling are always welcome

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