Today the 2014 Australian Winter University Games XC events were held at Mt Buller, VIC. Athletes from a dozen different tertiary institutions took part in the Individual and Relay races. Six biathletes took part. Some racers today were Uniroos at the last Winter Universiade (University Games) at Trentino, Italy. Others are hoping to attend the next Winter Universiade in XC/biathlon at Strbske Pleso/Osrblie, Slovakia next January/February.
Conditions were typical Australian Spring skiing – warm and sunny, with softening snow.
The Men Individual Race was won by Australian XC Team member and 2014 Olympian Phil Bellingham (Charles Sturt Uni) with AUS XC Team member Nick Montgomery (Melbourne Uni) second and Mark Pollock (NSW Uni) third.
Biathletes competing in this event included Grigorii Kazantcev (RMIT) fourth, Jeremy Flanagan (Melbourne Uni) fifth, Alex Gibson (Aust Catholic Uni) sixth, Hamish McLean (Monash Uni) eighth. Robbie Catto-Smith (RMIT) was unable to finish his race.
The Women Individual was won by AUS XC Team member Casey Wright (Victoria Uni), with fellow team member Ashleigh Spittle (Monash Uni) second. In third place was biathlete Jillian Colebourn (Sydney Uni).
In the Men Relay, it was a fight to the finish, with Melbourne Uni beaten by 1.66 seconds, by winner NSW Uni, with Monash Uni rounding out the podium.
In the Women Relay, podium finishes were reversed, with Monash Uni taking first place honours, followed by Melbourne Uni, and NSW Uni in third place.
Full results may be found at: http://www.unisport.com.au/AUC/Pages/SnowSports.aspx