Brigitte Seeley, winner of the 2015 Westgate Handicap.
Brigitte Seeley scored her second Victorian Cross Country League win on Sunday when she narrowly won over the tricky three lap course at Westgate Park. Brigitte’s winning time of 19:20 in the 5km sealed handicap event left her with only a 0.22 second margin over Eric Sapac after handicap adjustments. Brigitte improved her track times over the summer and the improvement is now very evident with her cross country times now nearing those of the VCCL’s female champion of recent years, Corina Kapusta. With an injury interrupted start to her winter, Sunday’s run was only Brigitte’s second for the season and twenty second run with the club overall. Her Westgate win follows on from her big win in last year’s Caruana 8km Classic at Woodlands Park.
Eric Sapac, soon to leave on an extended European working holiday, recorded his best VCCL run with his narrow loss. Gary Hall, coach of the winner, was only six seconds away in third place, inches in front of Ian Cayzer. The ever consistent Fraser Murray and Andrew Lane fought out the next placings with Fraser getting the nod by six hundreds of a second. Matthew Sullivan continues to mix it with the backmarkers and finished seventh, only ten seconds from the winner. Anthony Whitby, back from injury, was eighth ahead of Craig Harris and last year’s aggregate winner Lean Brooks finished out the top ten placings.
The fastest times were recorded by Luke Searle (16:39) and Matthew Sullivan (16:55). Fastest of the females was Corina Kapusta (19:07) and Brigitte Seeley (19:20).
Many thanks to Mark O’Brien for his generous contribution to Sunday’s prizemoney.
This Sunday the VCCL return to Woodlands Park for the 10km Independent Signs Handicap with a 10am start.
The following week, 5th July, is a rest day followed on July 12th with the second Myrniong 6.5km Handicap. Myrniong is a great location for a cross country event and all members are asked to make the trip up the Western Highway to ensure the event’s success. The Myrniong race starts at 11am.