Bendigo Bats made a brilliant start to Athletics Victoria's cross-country series in Saturday's team relays at Jells Park in Wheelers Hill. The "Bats" team marked a long-awaited and hard-fought return to Men's Premier division by scoring an eight second win from Western Athletics. Athletes in open class ran 6km, juniors ran a 3km distance. A dozen teams represented Bendigo across various age groups and distances. Bendigo's tally was five wins, three times runner-up, one third placing, two sixth placings, a ninth, and 12th.