Merino Muster

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MAR­JORIE COOK

At least 110 in­ter­na­tional ath­letes from 21 coun­tries, and a sim­i­lar num­ber of Ki­wis, will line up at the Snow Farm’s World­lop­pet Merino Muster on Satur­day.

Among the ath­letes are US team mem­bers Noah Hoffman and Jessie Dig­gins, Merino Muster Ltd di­rec­tor Mary Lee said.

Korea has nine skiers in the en­durance races.

A Scan­dana­vian tour group of 28 has also en­tered.

Cana­dian ath­letes are not com­pet­ing. They com­pleted their an­nual south­ern camp last week and have gone home.

‘‘This year it is re­ally ex­cit­ing be­cause the US team are do­ing their train­ing later,’’ Lee said.

Four Wanaka ju­niors who raced last weekend’s 7km Kan­ga­roo Hop­pet are keen to stamp their mark on the 7km Strag­gle Muster.

The New Zealand Cross Coun­try de­vel­op­ment team com­prised two sets of sib­lings, Camp­bell and Daniel Wright, and Louis and Olivia Jones.

Camp­bell was sec­ond over­all and sec­ond in his un­der-16 cat­e­gory.

Daniel was third in the un­der12 cat­e­gory and 42nd over­all.

Louis was fifth over­all and third in his un­der-18 cat­e­gory, while Olivia was 17th over­all girl and sixth in her un­der-14 cat­e­gory.

En­tries are ac­cepted on the day for the 42km, 21km and 7km Merino Muster races.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Lec­tur­ers Chris Smith and Bill McDon­ald with Annabel Lang­bein and vis­it­ing chef William Dis­sen.

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