Davies, Scott make BRAC history at lake

JACK Davies and Courtney Scott have completed a unique double at the Ballarat Regional Athletic Centre’s Lap of the Lake. 

The Eureka Athletics Club runners finished first in their respective races on Saturday.

It was the first time in the BRAC’s history that two under-20 athletes had claimed both events.

Davies, 19, became the youngest ever winner of the Steve Moneghetti Lap of the Lake race with a time of 17 minutes and 42 seconds in bitter conditions.

Training partners Jack Holden (St Kevin’s Athletics Club) and Jesse Fullerton (Eureka) recorded personal best times for second and third places, but still finished more than one minute behind the winner.

Holden and Fullerton’s results ensured that under-20 runners occupied the entire men’s podium.

“I’d never won the Lap of the Lake before and it was good to get the win after coming second twice,” Davies said.

“It was good to get under 18 minutes in the conditions. That’s what I was aiming for.”

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Scott  has four consecutive Lap of the Lake titles to her name.

She said her new personal best finishing time of 21.35 was somewhat of a surprise.

“I was pretty proud of myself,” Scott said.

“My training hasn’t really been the best but I knew the race would be between (eventual second) Angela Williams and myself.

“It was pretty bitter out there – I led the whole race and I didn’t have a wind block or anyone to really push me along.”

Williams recorded a time of 22.17, while Natalya Hall-Dekleva of YCW finished third with a run of 23.45.

Scott has already set her sights on the eight-kilometre cross country event at Monday’s Southern Uni Games in Albury-Wodonga.

Courtney Scott

Courtney Scott

Davies and Scott will begin preparations for the National Cross Country Championships in Perth this August, when where they will run under the Victorian banner.

Jack Davies

Jack Davies

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