Aust Cross Country titles


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