Diocesan Cross Country 2023

Primary and Secondary jogger-nauts go the mile at 2023 Cross Country Championships

In week three of Term two over 700 students raced at The Primary Diocesan Cross Country held at Maitland Park. It was an excellent carnival atmosphere with schools cheering each other on and Paul Humphreys from H-Events providing live commentary.

The Secondary Cross Country hosted by St Joseph’s, Aberdeen was held at the scenic Lake Glenbawn. The venue looked sensational with the dam being the fullest it has ever been. The runners pushed themselves, pining for a place in the top six and the opportunity to compete at the NSWCCC.

It was big year at Polding and New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) Cross Country Championships as the venue changed for the first time in many years. The track at Sydney Equestrian Centre was certainly a more testing course with similar challenges to Lake Glenbawn.


Despite the challenging course the following runners earnt themselves a place on the podium:

Phoenix Russell from St Patrick’s, Lochinvar placed 1st

Wil Macdougall from St James, Kotara placed 2nd

Maeva Clifford from St Paul’s, Gateshead placed 3rd


The students representing Polding at the NSWPSSA Cross Country are:

Mia Porter - St Patrick’s, Swansea

Skye Porter - St Patrick’s, Swansea

Chase Partlic - St Therese’s, New Lambton

Leura Russell - St Joseph’s, Lochinvar


The following Maitland Newcastle runners won their division in the multiclass events:

Sienna Compton - Chisolm

Caleb Hyslop - Chisolm

Sebastian Stace - East Maitland


For each age group there is a winning Diocese, where the results of all runners are combined and the diocese with the lowest times in total wins. Maitland Newcastle placed:


2nd in the 8/9 Yrs Boys

3rd place in the 8/9Yrs Girls

3rd in the 11Yrs Girls

3rd in the 12/13Yrs Girls

3rd in the 12/13Yrs Boys


Congratulations to all runners who competed on the day representing our Diocese with pride.




Secondary students excelled, earning them a position on the podium:

Demetrius Rohr - St Joseph’s, Lochinvar: 2nd in 17Yrs

Cohen May - St Mary’s, Gateshead: 3rd in 12Yrs

Hamish Kirkman - St Mary’s, Gateshead: 3rd in 13Yrs

Zac Thomson - St Bede’s, Chisolm: 3rd in 14Yrs

Aurelia Russell - St Joseph’s, Lochinvar: 3rd in 15Yrs


Other notable performances rewarded with a position on the NSWCCC team include:

Alannah Dimmock - St Pius, Adamstown: 4th  in 13Yrs

Albert Yuille - St Joseph’s, Aberdeen:  6th in 14 Yrs

Ashlyn Wall - All Saints, Maitland: 7th in 15Yrs

Madeline Platt - St Paul’s, Booragul: 8th in 15Yrs

Gemma Eady-Muxlow - St Clare’s, Taree: 9th in 16Yrs

Coen Morgan - St Bede’s, Chisolm:  5th in 16Yrs

Abrahm Russell - St Joseph’s, Lochinvar: 6th in 16Yrs

Harriet Greentree - All Saints College, Maitland: 4th in 17Yrs

Grady Platt - St Paul’s, Booragul: 4th in 17Yrs

William Dalgleish - St Paul’s, Booragul: 10th in 17Yrs

Rohan Barnes - All Saints College, Maitland: 8th in 18Yrs


The Diocese 14Yrs boys, 15Yrs girls and 17Yrs Boys teams placed 1st and the 13Yrs Boys team placed 3rd.


Follow the link for more photos:


Primary: Cross Country | CSNSW Sport Portal

Secondary: Cross Country | CSNSW Sport Portal


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