Moonee Valley 29/8/2015
Congratulations to Essendon winners Liam Adams (Open men) and Amelia Mazza-Downie (under 18 women) on winning the championships. Further congratulations to all other competing athletes, with another 6 achieving the top 10 places! All Essendon results are listed below.
August 29, 2015/by Chris Kenner (Taken from A.V. website)
2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games marathon runner Liam Adams has won his second Australian cross country title in emphatic style this Saturday 29 August at Moonee Valley racecourse.
“I didn’t really want to go that quick at the start, I just wanted to sit in the pack for the first lap and then try and build it home towards the end,” Adams said.
The multiple world championships cross country representative moved away from a lead pack of six early and maintained a gap of 150m alongside Australian Capital Territory state cross country champion Joshua Johnson. “I got out there and probably ran a little too quick and just tried to hold on to that pace… I wanted a really big hit out today.”
Adams was using the championships as preparation for the October 11th Chicago marathon, where he hopes to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. “That’s the main aim right at the moment (Chicago marathon) so been doing a big training block, 200km weeks, millage went down a little bit this week, 180km,” Adams said.
Donning the Athletics Essendon colours, national cross country wasn’t a lock, but, with the choice of running in Chicago it worked out for Adams who claimed his second national title since taking honours in 2011. “Originally I wasn’t sure if I was going to be running national cross or not, I was tossing up between Chicago and Berlin, once we worked out Chicago was the better option and, once we worked out Chicago was the better option me I thought we would chuck in the national cross country championships and have that as a big solid hit out.”
The 2014 Commonwealth Games representative will take plenty of confidence to Chicago in bid for a maiden Olympics appearance. “It shows that I’m in good form and it good to have that reassurance, I’ve been doing a lot of hard work and it shows that it has all been paying off.”
Athletics Essendon results:
1st Liam Adams 35:29
4th Mitchel Brown 36:11
62nd Antonio Giuliani 45:56 (11th Masters)
65th Asmelash Tesema 48:10 (20thUnder 23’s)
Under 18 Women:
1st Amelia Mazza-Downie 15:29
8th Maddison Caulfield 16:09
11th Lauren Ryan 16:13
Under 16 Men
8th Andrew Amor 14:37
Under 16 Women
4th Leteitia Presser 15:59
10th Emma Files 16:25
53rd Emily Mizis 17:48
Under 20 Men.
57th Muse Tesema 29:33
58th Hayelom Dawit 30:48
Under 20 Women
9th Emilie Guy 21:32
49th Robel Gebreweld 26:30