All roads led to the Australian Cross Country championships for three local athletes who have done themselves proud. At the end of May this year Asha Martin, Rumer Williams and Jaylah Hancock were part of the team that got 3rd in the NSW Cross country relays at Miranda in the under 20s women
To follow this up Jaylah Hancock placed 3rd at the NSW Cross country Championships in Nowra in the under 16's, Asha placed 9th in the under 18's and Rumer placed 5th in the under 20's Jaylah Hancock then placed 1st at the NSW short course at Rydlmere in the under 16's while Asha Martin placed 3rd in her under 18's race and Rumer Williams placed 6th.
All these races were selection events for the Australian Cross Country held on the 26th August in Dapto and the three girls have been selected for the NSW team. To add to this the three also raced at the Australian School Cross Country in Hobart and did their families, their supporters and their coach Andae Kalemusic proud.
Coach Andae advised the Beagle "Rumer finished in 6th spot in the 18 years 6km which was a huge result and big personal best in a 22.14. She was also made the NSW Female captain of the team which was a huge honour for her".
"Rumer was also part of the winning NSW relay team while NSW also took out the team event in the 6km race."
"Jaylah also performed amazingly well earning 5th spot in the 14/15 girls 4km and was also a member of the winning NSW team in the 4km race" "She also did a huge personal best for the 4km event in a time of 14.01. Adding to this Jaylah played a winning role in the NSW relay team with 3rd fastest time in the relay splits".
"Asha also performed well above her personal best earning herself an admirable 20th spot in the 16 to 17 girls with her huge pb of 14.29 for 4km.
"I was so proud of the girls. They had up to 70 in their races and performed amazingly. They were away for four days with the team in Hobart. Tasmania offered up awful conditions with days of 2 degrees Celsius, 70 km winds and pouring rain. We even had snow only five kilometres away.
"For the three of them to have made both the upcoming Australian All Schools and Athletics Australian cross country events is such a wonderful achievement. Andea summarised "It is their hard work and commitment that has got them there. I couldn’t be more proud."