4 August 2019
Rose’s rise continues and Brad unbeatable at home
Home ground advantage for Brad Milosevic and the progression of teenager Rose Davies were the key elements for the winners of the, men’s and women’s senior events at the 2019 Waratah Run Series - Short Course and LANSW Cross Country Championships held at Upjohn Park in Rydalmere on Saturday. The race incorporated the 105th NSW Short Course Championships first held in 1906.
In the open women’s 6km, three laps of the undulating 2km course, Rose Davies (Adamstown) was a warm favourite off the back of a tremendous 2019 summer track program, however, she started conservatively today.
“I cruised around the first lap with the girls and felt good, so I thought I may as well put the hammer down and I came home with the win,” she said. The Zatopek U20 3000m champion is graduating to the opens in 2019.
“This is my first year of seniors and first NSW cross country win.”
Davies clocked 21:43 with UTS Norths pair Kate Spencer (22:20) and Izzy Thornton-Bott (22:30) completing the podium.
Davies will next compete at the national cross over 10km and it not worried about the longer distance.
“I’ve done a lot of 10k training and I’m used to the distance.”
In the Scott Westcott squad in Newcastle, last summer she ran PBs of 4:19.61 (1500m) and 15:45.91 (5000m) and has set her goals for the 2019/20 summer.
“I’m looking for another quick 5000m and hopefully a fast 1500m PB. I didn’t run as fast as I would have liked last season.”
The open men’s 6km race was run over the shortest distance ever in the 105-year history of the race. Considering this, you would have expected 2017 World Championships marathon representative Brad Milosevic (Girraween) would have struggled with the shorter distance, but a regular on this course he used his local knowledge to his advantage to take the win.
His main competition was expected to be Ed Goddard (UTN) the NSW 10km cross country champion and 2017 winner of this race. He had just returned from an impressive fourth in the half marathon at the World University Games in Italy.
Milosevic led a tight pack early.
“I just figured I’d try and get out in front and hope for the best. I was a little ahead after the first lap and was getting nervous still leading at 4km, thinking I was going to get swallowed up by Ed (Goddard). I had a couple of looks and I thought if I get to the back corner and he is not on me, maybe..maybe…”
Milosevic had a little lead at that stage.
“I backed myself - it is hard to catchup on this course.”
Milosevic came home the winner in 18:42, ahead of Ed Goddard (19:05) and Harrison Wade (SYU, 19:20).
For Milosevic it was his third win at the NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships following titles in 2014 & 2015.
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: women’s lead pack – Rose Davies (97), Sarah Marvin (267), Izzy Thornton-Bott (435) & Kate Spencer (416) (image courtesy David Tarbotton)