The focus of the 2012 Cross Country team was to develop a team philosophy and solid work ethic and commitment towards training. The commitment to team and ethic towards training was evident in the performances at the end of the season.
The Cross Country Team at the Scots College has a long tradition of being one of the best teams in GPS competition. This season didn’t disappoint with the Open Boys team becoming the team to beat by the end of the season winning there final five races including the GPS Championship race. Points are scored in Cross Country racing based on the lowest total placing’s of the top four runners in each age division. The Open Boys team managed to score the lowest point total or any GPS team in a single race this season with just 15 total points.
The team also saw some outstanding individual performances throughout the season.
Junior runner Jack Freer has had a tremendous first season with the Scots team qualifying to represent the GPS at the CIS carnival, the CIS team at the NSW Championship and the NSW team at the National Cross Country Championship in Adelaide. Jack was the individual CIS Champion and won a team silver medal at the National Championship. Jack finished the season with a fantastic and well earned bronze medal at the GPS Championship.
Senior runner Timothy Spehr improved steadily throughout the season eventually winning the bronze medal at the GPS Championship. Timothy was given the honour to represent the GPS team in the open division scoring for the team in a victory against the CIS. Tim also represent the CIS team at the NSW Championship.
Pheonix Love, Joseph Mallat, Max Wilson had great races at the CIS Championship resulting in their selection to represent the CIS at the NSW Championship.
It should be noted that the effort put forth by the boys in training resulted in a number of runners showing significant improvement throughout the season. With this continued effort the team looks set to be the team to beat in the 2013 season.
Coaches Lindsay Watson, Andrew Potter and Joachim Brueckner have been instrumental in developing the program over the course of the season.
Lindsay Watson was absent for part of the season due to the fine honor of being selected to represent Australia as long distance coach at the Olympic Games in London. We have been fortunate to have Lindsay’s experience and leadership in the development of the most scientific training program in the GPS.
I would like to thank Mr. Andrew Potter whom without his motivation the team would have not seen such a significant improvement in training. Mr. Potter has been a constant motivator running with the athletes and involving himself with the Sunday morning team long runs.
A number of boys have been recognized for their performance this season at our Cross Country awards evening.
The Scots College Cross Country Team Coaches Award – Jordan Gates
Awarded to the Scots boy who exemplifies the commitment, attitude and performance of the Scots College Cross Country team
Junior Boys – Most Improved – Harrison Murdoch
Junior Boys – MVP – Jack Freer
Intermediate Boys – Most Improved – Oliver Lefebvre
Intermediate Boys – MVP – Matthew Scott
Open Boys – Most Improved – Pheonix Love
Open Boys – MVP – Timothy Spehr