Williams, Sharp claim XCR titles

DETERMINED: Sam Williams sprints to victory in the under-18 4km race at Wandin Park. He finished just ahead of fellow Ballarat athlete Andrew Amor.

DETERMINED: Sam Williams sprints to victory in the under-18 4km race at Wandin Park. He finished just ahead of fellow Ballarat athlete Andrew Amor.

Sam Williams and Harry Sharp have made successful starts to their Athletics Victoria cross country seasons, claiming individual titles in the opening event at Wandin Park on Saturday.

On a challenging course, which incorporated a barrier crossing and leg sapping ascents, Williams demonstrated an outstanding transition from the track to claim the men’s under-18 4km cross country title.

Fellow Ballarat athlete Andrew Amor finished in second place.

Meanwhile, Sharp finished strongly to take out the men’s under-16 3km title.

He has carried his good form into the winter season after being crowned the Australian 2km steeplechase champion in April. 

IN FORM: Harry Sharp leads the pack in the Athletics Victoria XCR's under-16 3km race. His first-place finish kicks off his winter season of cross country events. Pictures: Neville Down

IN FORM: Harry Sharp leads the pack in the Athletics Victoria XCR's under-16 3km race. His first-place finish kicks off his winter season of cross country events. Pictures: Neville Down

Paul Burge ran strongly to place third in the men’s 40+ 8km, picking up the country title in the process.

Ballarat athletes brought home a haul of medals in the country titles with Joel Duffy winning the under-20 event, Michelle Hawkes second in the 40+ and Ben Ludbrook third in the under-16 race.