Snowy Mountains Grammar School's (SMGS) Charlotte Wilson has progressed to the next level of cross country after finishing seventh out of 60 runners at the HICES Cross Country carnival at Orange recellty.
Competing in the 8/9 years girls 2km race, Charlotte ran a blazing race. She has now been invited to compete at the next stage, representing HICES at the NSWCIS Championships on June 12 at Eastern Creek, Sydney. From here, a NSW Independent Schools team (NSWCIS) is selected to compete at the NSW Cross Country Championships against NSWCCC and NSWCPS. This is a major honour for Charlotte and a first for Snowy Mountains Grammar School.
Charlotte was one of eight SMGS students to compete at the carnival, which brings together independent junior schools from around NSW, with over twenty schools representing. Most families stayed overnight at Cowra, Yass and Canberra.
The event was being staged by Kinross Wolaroi, on the grounds of the girls' boarding campus. The grounds included a beautiful manicured oval and surrounding gardens. However the track they had set up was deceiving. From the sidelines it was easy but when you were running the track, it was unforgiving.
Ella Veleba also raced in the 8/9 years Girls 2km race, enjoyed the atmosphere and managed to make a friend on course. The next to take off were Tomas Klimes and Braeden Woods-Smith. They both ran well, with 65 competitors in the 10 years Boys 2km race. Tom achieved 51st and Braeden achieved 56th.
Olivia Weston enjoyed representing SMGS in the10 years Girls 2km event, and placed 38th in a field of 64. This was a huge improvement on her results from last year. Thomas Krpan followed next, stating "that was the hardest race I have ever run". He placed 24th in the 11 years Boys 3km race. Miranda Green ran a great race, placing 48th on the tough 3km course in the 11 years Girls event. Casey Buckley was our last runner in the 12/13 years Boys 3km race, placing 57th out of 66 runners, with a stunning sprint to the finishing line.