Stephanie wins crosscountry champs
Stephanie Walker of Dannevirke won the Intermediate Manawatu¯ Secondary Schools Crosscountry Championships on Wednesday May 16 at Manawatu¯ College, Foxton.
She did it not to her plan, finding herself leading the 40-strong field after the first run down a steep hill.
She was however able to control the slow pace and when it came to the steep rise up to the finish she had more in reserve to hang onto the lead.
After coming third as a year nine in the junior ranks and second in year 10 Stephanie was delighted to keep the trend of improving going and to win this one.
While crosscountry is the current focus, Stephanie continued her form of the summer in athletics, competing in the East Coast Secondary School Athletics in March where she was second in the 800m and third in the 1500m after tripping.
In the 800m she cracked the Dannevirke High School record which had stood for 27 years.
, Stephanie went to the North Island Secondary School’s Athletics Championships in Whanganui in April, coming seventh in the 800m but not competing the next day in her favoured 1500m because she had her CACTUS school programme graduation that day.
Stephanie is in training with the Feilding Moas Harriers Club as there is no club in Dannevirke. She goes over to train every Saturday afternoon, which means netball has been dropped for now.
With dancing and NCEA Level One to contend with as well it is a busy life.
Stephanie goes to the North Island Secondary Schools Crosscountry Championships in Taupo¯ on June 16.
THE struggle up the last hill.
STEPHANIE has the lead in the Manawatu¯ Secondary Schools’ crosscountry.