Students from Primary Schools from across the Riverland were in a team of 44 that competed at the SAPSASA State Cross Country Championships at Oakbank last Thursday.

Conditions were far from ideal and deteriorated as the day wore on with rain falling and turning the course into a mud pit. In the heavy going shoes were lost in the mud but most Riverland team members still managed to improve on their placings and times. Prior to the event the team had trained very hard under the Berri Primary School’s Richard Coote , who is also the State Manager for the Cross Country team.

Out of it all the Riverland has a new State champion in Isabella Cant of St Joseph’s , Renmark. Isabella won the 10 Year Old Girls Two Kilometre Course title.

Also Isabella with Tahlia Dillon (9th), Tia Dahlitz (10th)and Layne Fenwick (49th) won gold as the top 10 Year Old Girls team. Others to compete in that age group were Madelyn Long and Clarissa Mullins.

The 10 Year Old Boys over 2 kms (Cohen Battams,Mason Goodman, Max Jericho, Levi Decosta, Braiden Bagguley, Callum Munro) finished 20th. In the 11 Year Olds over 3kms the Girls (Matilda Rothe 15th, Aaliyah Loffler, Jenna Ingerson, Sarah Kassebaum, Tianna Ivanovic, Darcee Troy) were 12th and Boys (Connor Greenfield, Syd Grummet, Wade Coombs, Mitchell Kroemer, Jonty Abraham, Renzo Catalano) 23rd.

Looking at the 12 Year Olds over 3kms the Girls (Jessie Wooldridge 17th, Jordyn Bond, Charlie Webb, Hayden Poulish, Tessie Mitchell, Chloe Sharrad) were fourth and the Boys (Connor Blackwell, Aiden Prokopec 18th, Morgan Edwards, Jacob Pinyon, Haidar Qamari, Eric Centofanti) also performed strongly.

The 13 Year Olds also covered 3kms. Both the Girls (Ella Jackson, Ebony Martinson, Sarah James, Chloe Berends) and Boys (Liam Abrahams, Declan Kershaw, Blake Koskinas, William Gillett) finished in 16th position.

In the Student with Disability section Christovalantis Hajis of Renmark North Primary School finished in fourth position.

Richard Coote is also continuing a distance running program for all interested students, primary and secondary, at the Berri  Primary School. The first session is on Monday June 15th.