Otago Cross Coun­try

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege’s Phoebe Young won her first na­tional road cy­cling com­pe­ti­tion in Auck­land last Sun­day, on her first at­tempt at top level age group rac­ing. Com­pet­ing in the 15-year cat­e­gory of the New Zealand Sec­ondary Schools In­di­vid­ual Road Rac­ing Champs, Phoebe won and set a new course record for the in­di­vid­ual time trial, then won the cri­te­rion. Phoebe was sec­ond in the Na­tional Duathlon Champs for her age cat­e­gory the week­end be­fore. Cen­tral Otago pri­mary school chil­dren put in a strong show­ing at the Otago Cross Coun­try champs in Dunedin on Fri­day with four first places in eight di­vi­sions. Ella Lan­dreth (pic­tured), of Wanaka Pri­mary School, won the year 6 girls; Keiran Marsh, of Roxburgh Area School, won the year 5 boys; Luca Swale, of Ar­row­town School won the year 7 girls and Charlie Marsh, of Millers Flat Pri­mary School, won the year 8 boys. Other plac­ings were: Sarah Gunn, Roxburgh Area School, sec­ond year 5 girls; Todd Ver­meir, St Josephs Pri­mary School, sec­ond year 6 boys; Fiona Mur­ray, Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege, third in year 8 girls; Jack East, Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege, sec­ond in year 8 boys.

Lit­tle rip­pas!

The Ar­row­town School Rippa Rugby team rep­re­sent­ing Otago at the na­tional champs were lin­ing up against Manawatu in Wellington for the quar­ter fi­nal of the na­tional champs as the Mir­ror went to press yes­ter­day. On Mon­day they beat Poverty Bay, West Coast and Waikato and drew with North Har­bour. The school has won the right to rep­re­sent Otago for the past four years. Coach Paul Winders said it had been a mas­sive ef­fort from the team - ‘‘es­pe­cially as they’ve been awake since 5.30am. ‘‘Awake but not al­lowed up till 7!’’

Lo­cals in lead

Aus­tralia New Zealand Con­ti­nen­tal Cup (ANC) races held at Coro­net Peak ski area over the week­end have seen Piera Hud­son, of Wanaka, win the Gi­ant Slalom ANC yel­low bib and Adam Bar­wood (pic­tured), of Queen­stown, win the Slalom ANC yel­low bib for the four-stop race se­ries. The yel­low bib is awarded to the top per­form­ing fe­male and male com­peti­tors from the ANC se­ries races held in Aus­tralia and New Zealand and al­lows the holder a top 31 start po­si­tion on the Europa Cup and NorAm cir­cuit for the north­ern hemi­sphere sea­son. Hud­son, 18, is the cur­rent na­tional cham­pion (Ju­nior and Open) for women’s GS and Slalom. Bar­wood, who won the na­tional cham­pi­onship ti­tle for slalom at Coro­net Peak last month, fin­ished sev­enth in the gi­ant slalom and eighth in the slalom. The fi­nal races in the ANC se­ries will be held at Mt Hutt from 13 – 19 Septem­ber. The Na­tional Cham­pi­onship races for Down­hill and Su­per G will be held at the same time.

En­durance Moun­tain Bike Race

En­tries have opened for the Deans Bank 10-hour en­durance moun­tain bike race in Al­bert Town on Oc­to­ber 21. Rid­ers can com­pete solo or in teams, with the goal to com­plete as many 11km laps as pos­si­ble in 10 hours. Classes in­clude solo, teams, ju­nior, school chal­lenge, veteran, men and women, mixed, mixed veteran and sin­gle speed solo. More de­tails on bike­wanaka.org.nz.

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