St. Andrews tops ESAC cross-country championship

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St Andrews International School, Green Valley recently hosted the annual ESAC cross-country running event, with ESAC schools sending their best young athletes to compete in the 1km course for under 9 year olds and the 3km course for under 11, under 13, under 15 and over 15 year olds.

About 300 runners competed for individual honours and the overall Primary and Secondary School titles.  Again, this year, St Andrews dominated the Primary division and claimed 1st places in the under 9 (Nikolas Martin & Ginevra Bisi) and under 11 (Ben Harcourt-Harrison & Sammy Gillen) categories for the girls and boys.  There were also podium finishes for Madee Tangtanapaiboon and Eve Greener.

St Andrews student Ben Harcourt-Harrison (centre-right) leads the pack from start to finish in the boys under 11 race.St Andrews student Ben Harcourt-Harrison (centre-right) leads the pack from start to finish in the boys under 11 race.

The Secondary competition was a lot tougher and St Andrews collected just one 1st place and several notable finishes.  Keisharna Lucas took first in the under 13 girls race while there were silver and bronze medals for Wesley, Jade Harcourt-Harrison, Mike Beck, Lisa Peake and Simone Marchetti.

Many of the other St Andrews runners finished highly in their categories allowing the school to claim the overall Primary and Secondary School titles for 2014.

Congratulations to all of the athletes from all ESAC schools for their contribution to a wonderful event.

Eve Greener toughs it out and claims a 2nd place finish in the girls under 11 event.Eve Greener toughs it out and claims a 2nd place finish in the girls under 11 event.

Ginevra and Madee stand tall with a 1st and 3rd finish in the under 9 girls race.Ginevra and Madee stand tall with a 1st and 3rd finish in the under 9 girls race.

Keisharna Lucas (centre) dominated the under 13 girls event and took the gold medal.Keisharna Lucas (centre) dominated the under 13 girls event and took the gold medal.