Ballarat youngsters lead way in road relays

Ballarat teens shone brightest in the Athletics Victoria XCR'17 Series road relays at Sandown.

Ballarat Regional Athletic Centre took out the boys' under-18, under-16 and under-14 divisions on Saturday.

Sam Williams, Andrew Amor and Nick Fidler combined impressively to edge out South Melbourne by eight seconds in the tightest of finishes in the under-18s.

Williams led out in nine minutes, 24 seconds and Amor followed in 9.38 and Fidler 9.45.

The under-16s had an equally tight tussle in beating Bendigo by 11 seconds.

Harry Sharp put Ballarat in contention in the opening leg and was partnered by Darcy Williams and Ben Ludbrook, who produced the second fastest run home.

Ben Murnane, Jude McGuire and Jack Diamond won the under-14s by 46 seconds.

Ballarat also finished on the podium with a second to Waverley women’s 40-plus through the efforts of  Angela Williams, Alison Fidler and Michelle Hawkes.

These outcomes see Ballarat continuing to lead the series boys' under-16 aggregate after four team rounds, third in the under-18s and second in the under-14s.

BRAC is also third in the women’s 40-plus.

PROGRESSIVE POINTS:

Women's 40-plus: Glenhuntly 51, Mentone 51, Ballarat 50

Boys' under-18: Glenhuntly 43, Diamond Valley 43, Ballarat 42

Boys' under-16: Ballarat 50, Western 44, Knox 34

Boys' under-14: Collingwood 47, Ballarat 32, Frankston 28 

The XCR'17 Series continues with a road race at Albert Park on Sunday and then goes to Lake Wendouree on Saturday, July 29, for 15km and 6km road titles: 

2pm: female under-14, 16, 18, 20; male under-14, 16, 18, 20. 

2.30: open and masters men and women.