Thursday, August 31, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
The recent 2023 Australian Cross Country Championships was the latest platform for three Mackay athletes to post impressive performances.
Ayla Moon, as well as brothers Oliver and Toby Rule, proudly represented Queensland, with Toby finishing with a podium placing.
Held in the capital city of Canberra last weekend, these dedicated athletes showcased their remarkable endurance and determination, showing why they earned their well-deserved spots in Queensland's elite running teams.
Ayla, competing in the 11 years age group, has proven herself as a rising star in the sport. Her impressive performance at the All Schools Cross Country States showcased her determination, as she climbed from 12th place to a remarkable 6th place on the challenging 3km course. This victory secured her spot in the Queensland School Team, marking her debut in the state-level cross country event.
Ayla placed 31st out of the 52 runners.
Brothers Oliver and Toby Rule have consistently showcased their prowess on the track. Oliver's training led him to an impressive 2nd place in the 8km race at the Mackay Marina Run. His recent participation in the Townsville Running Festival's 10km road race, where he matched his personal best and secured 5th place, further solidified his position in Queensland's cross country scene. Similarly, Toby's journey has been marked by successes. A strategic performance at the Queensland Athletics State Cross Country Championships earned him 2nd place in the 16-year-old age group and an impressive 6th place overall. Toby's dedication and growth paved the way for his selection in the Queensland team.
At the Australian Cross Country Championships, Oliver ran a personal best time over the 8km course. Toby finished 18th overall in the Under 18 6km race, placing 5th in his age group, finishing 3rd overall for his age amongst Australian athletes. His impressive time earning him a national bronze medal.
Following the championships, Ayla, Oliver, and Toby will shift their focus to the upcoming NQ Championships in Mackay and the Bridge to Brisbane in October.
Toby Rule (centre) led the charge early to bring home bronze at the 2023 Australian Cross Country Championships held in Canberra last weekend. Photo credit: Belinda Rule