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.

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