Sometimes labelled the “Cinderella” arm of Athletics, Cross-country is by no means a Cinderella sport at Woodlands College. Under the strong guidance of top runner and coach Mr Darrel Laybourn, Woodlands participated in two cross country leagues in 2017. For the first time in the College’s history, Woodlands participated in the Boksburg D6 League. All the meetings took place at the Boksburg Stadium. Woodlands entered a large team on all occasions, as Mr Laybourn had managed to encourage and motivate many children to train early in the mornings, and then run competitively.
At these league meetings, nine Woodlands athletes managed to finish in the top 20, thereby qualifying to compete in the Boksburg Championship. These athletes were:
- Under 9 – Kaydence Smith; Tatum Laybourn; Matthew Rees; Alex Kousiakis; Micah Maconochie; and Robin Martins (Under 8 but ran in the Under 9 age category)
- Under 10 – Calista De Wet
- Under 11 – Kayla De Wet and Jared Duffield
At the Boksburg Area Championships, two Woodlands athletes managed to finish in the top 10 and therefore qualify for the Regional Championship called D6. These athletes were:
- Matthew Rees and Kayla De Wet
Woodlands also participated in the Sisa League (only private schools participate in this league). The Woodlands athletes once again performed very well at the five meetings that were held at various venues, including one event hosted by Woodlands. Kayla De Wet was the outstanding runner in this series as she was unbeaten throughout all the events.