World university games 5000m representative Liam Adams has captured his maiden Victorian cross country title with victory today at Bundoora.
The 22 year old, who last week finished 10th over 5000m at the world university games in Serbia, overcame sleep deprivation as well as his opposition in winning the 12km race, which doubled as the Victorian selection trial for next month's Australian cross country championships in Norwa, New South Wales.
"The body clock is out of whack at the moment. I didn't really get much sleep before and after the race in Serbia," said Adams after his victory.
"On the flight home I got bugger all sleep so I pretty much feel asleep all of Wednesday when I got back and I still can't get to sleep on time.
"I woke up this morning at 4:30am and was feeling pretty tired at 11am and wanted to go to sleep before the race."
Despite his fatigue Adams' was able to fend off his challengers and the windy conditions, pulling away over the last of the 3km laps to finish seven seconds ahead of Duer Yoa, with Chris Hamer a further six seconds behind. Adams' winning time was 36:45.
"I haven't really been doing a lot of K's just recently. I know that I'm lacking a bit of endurance so I just wanted to sit in the pack and because of the wind there was no way I was going to take the pace. I was just hoping to use some track speed at the end," he said.
"I probably spent all my cookies going up the hill going into the wind, that exhausted me a fair bit.
"I could hear people yelling out that they were 50m behind and I think it stayed like that most of the way but Duer was closing in on me at the end."
Adams plans to contest a number of races of the remainder of the winter season, culminating in the Australian cross country championships.
"I'm doing quite a few more of the AV races and won't be doing any more threshold runs during them, I'll be running them pretty hard leading up to nationals, which is the big one for me."
Adams hopes to be able to challenge Jeff Hunt, who is the early favourite for the event following his strong recent form and the absence of some of Australia's best distance runners due to the world championships in Berlin shortly prior to the 29 August event.
"It's his home course. I actually had a win there in the under 18s in the 6km a few years ago but we didn't do the big hill at the back so that will be a first," he said.
"I'll be doing a lot of hill sprints to build up to that, I've heard that it's a pretty tough hill."
In the women's race over 8km, Fiona Nash opened up a lead on the second lap and held on for a 13 second victory from Susan Michelsson in a time of 28:36. Lee Furst was third in 29:26.