CHAC is delighted to congratulate the Secondary Cross Country team for being declared the 2017 TAS Cross Country Champions. The Cross Country Captains give their wrap of the competition:

Last Wednesday, the CHAC  Cross Country team embarked on a journey to John Paul College (JPC), with the hope of becoming the champion TAS Cross Country school for the third time. Only two schools have ever won the TAS Co-Educational  Cross Country championships, with CHAC recently challenging the long dominance that JPC held.

The day started off with some amazing results from our younger runners, and early on in the competition we opened up a commanding 300-point lead over JPC. The effort and performance of those in the earlier races set the tone for the day as runner after runner gave their absolute all, which has become a trademark of the CHAC Cross Country team. The question was – would it be enough by the time the last race was completed? It was clear that JPC had made a spirited late charge in an attempt to defend their title.

As the girls’ results were read out, it came down to two and when Canterbury was announced in second place, there was a loud cheer from the CHAC students knowing that we had won the Aggregate Girls for the first time. It would now come down to the boys, who have previously taken out the Aggregate title three times. They were to make it a fourth title and in the process it meant CHAC had made a clean sweep of the major trophies, winning the Aggregate Boys, Aggregate Girls and Co-Educational Aggregate.

The fact that our worst-placed age groups were a very respectable 4th on the day demonstrated the consistency of our runners and this, in essence, is what drove us to victory. Eight of our 12 age groups finished in the top three. Our 12-Years Boys were the shining stars, taking out the premiership for their age category.

Holly Ellis and Cooper Redhead, Cross Country Captains