Queenstown runners dominate competition
Wakatipu High School athletes led the way in the Southland cross country championship last week with one runner setting a record.
Pupil Todd Vermeir finished the 3km course in Te Anau 13 minutes 1 second, claiming gold and setting a new provincial record in the under-13 boys category.
Queenstown’s Tazuku Yoneto crossed the line three seconds later in the under-14 category, also winning first place.
The Wakatipu boys teams were so dominant they won the teams’ events in the under-13, under-14 and under-16 sections.
School’s sport coordinator James Munday said the team showed ‘‘really good results all around’’.
He was impressed by the amount of medals won and the Queenstown runners taking over the podium.
‘‘It’s definitely an impressive amount, not necessarily that they didn’t do well last year but they are a bigger team as well,’’ Munday said.
Under-14s Tazuku Yoneto and Hayden Thompson came first and second respectively. Students Gareth Harcombe (14min 37sec) and Archie Ritchie (15min) were second and third in the under-16 category.
In the under-16 girls Jemima Stevens (15min 48sec) and Cool Wakushima (15min 51sec) took second and third place.