Australian Mountain Running Championships
Mt Tennent ACT
Saturday 10 May 2008
McTaggart secures historic 4th victory
North Canberra-Gungahlin Athletics Club's Scott McTaggart secured a historic fourth straight Australian mountain running title in winning today's national championship on Mt Tennent in Namadgi National Park. Prior to today he had been one of just four runners to have won three open championships.
McTaggart set off at a blistering pace to stamp his mark on the race from the start. By the halfway mark he had built up a commanding lead and he went on to complete the 11 kms in 52 mins 20 secs. Orienteering international Troy de Haas from Victoria overtook Wollongong's Stephen Brown with 3 kms to go to claim second place in 56:38, with Brown third in 58:12 and world veteran champion Trevor Jacobs of Weston Creek Athletics Club fourth in 62:10.
South Canberra-Tuggeranong's Jessamy Hosking went one better than her second place on Mt Tennent two years ago to claim her first national title. She completed the 8 km course in 46:24, with Australian long distance representative Vanessa Haverd from the ACT second in 47:57 and three-time World Orienteering Championship representative Kathryn Ewels of Victoria third in 48:59.
Victorians took the trifecta in the junior men's 8 kms. Kane Wille was first in 40:51, Ash Watson second in 41:39 and Stephen McShane third in 44:18.
Work junior mountain bronze medallist Veronica Wallington of Canowindra won the junior girl's 5 kms in 31:34, with Madison Rutter of Batemans Bay runner up in 34:27 and Sydney's Charlotte Wilson third in 39:29.
Senior men's 11k
|2||Troy||de Haas||M||28||Sandringham AC||VIC||56.38|
|4||Trevor||Jacobs||M||56||Weston Creek AC||ACT||62.10|
|5||David||Hosking||M||40||Weston Creek AC||ACT||63.55|
|12||Mick||Corlis||M||49||Weston Creek AC||ACT||79.15|
|Junior girl's 5k|
|Open women's 8k|
|Junior men's 8kms|
Released by John Harding
Australian Mountain Running Association