Cross country kids in for the long run

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More than 800 students from across southern Tasmania competed in the annual Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (SATIS) Southern Cross Country Carnival on Hobart’s Domain on 24 May.

Run in conjunction with Athletics Tasmania, the SATIS Cross Country Carnival showcases some of the state’s best young distance runners, with Year 7-12 students from 15 independent secondary schools competing across ten events.

St Mary’s College U15 runner Alet Le Grange took first place in her age category with a 4km time of 16:42. Now she is aiming for a top-three finish at the All Schools Secondary Cross Country Championships at Symmons Plains on 20 June.

“I have been running since I was little, I have always loved running,” she said.

“For the last few years I have taken out first place in the SATIS competition but competing against runners in the north makes for more of a challenge.”

Southern SATIS Admin Officer Emma Johnson said it was great to see such competitive performances from all schools that participated.

“It was a great day with really good performances across all age groups,” she said.

“It’s a really tough course and it was good to see all participants having a go and some really great times.”

Sophie Connolly (The Friends’ School) was first home in the open girls 4km event, and Sam Meikle (Hutchins) won the open boys 6km race. A full list of results is available from satis.

Under 15 girls placegetters Hannah Joubert of Mt Carmel College (3), Alet Le Grange of St Mary’s College (1) and Kaitlyn Fox of The Friends’ School (2)

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