School students from the Little Desert division travelled to Kaniva for cross country races on Tuesday.
Kaniva College teacher David Staehr said it was great to see so many enthusiastic students running.
“It was a bit of change to have good weather,” he said.
“A lot of the time conditions are not ideal but this year we beat the grey clouds that were rolling in.”
Staehr said this year’s races were a bit different with the schools grouped together in a smaller space.
“That created a bit more of a buzz and an environment though,” he said.
Ss Michaels and Johns Primary Horsham’s Daisy Sudholz starred in the 11-year-old girls three kilometre race.
Her time of 11 minutes and 43 seconds saw her finish almost two-and-a-half minutes clear of Charlie Inkster in second.
Only Ben Taylor, in the 14-year-old boys race, had a better time on the day over the three kilometre course.
“I actually asked her after she finished whether she had missed a corner,” Staehr said.
“That was how quick she had been.
“All the other racers were fairly competitive.”
The top six runners from each age group of 12-year-olds and below progress to the Greater Western Region Cross Country in Warrnambool on June 5.