Ti­tahi Bay sis­ters show off their skills

Kapi-Mana News - - CLASSIFIEDS - DAVE CRAMPTON

Welling­ton run­ners may have found it hard go­ing to medal at the na­tional cross-coun­try cham­pi­onships in Auck­land re­cently, but two Ti­tahi Bay sis­ters were the ex­cep­tion.

Mil­lie and Bex Jenkins are ju­nior run­ners that are faster than most boys their age.

Mil­lie Jenkins won a na­tional un­der-11 two-kilo­me­tre ti­tle on her first at­tempt and was 12 sec­onds ahead of the field. She was faster than all but five of the boys com­pet­ing at the event.

She would have been top 10 in the un­der-13 cat­e­gory, where her sis­ter Bex was placed sec­ond in a close race - just three sec­onds sep­a­rated sec­ond and fourth places.

Only two other Welling­ton ath­letes medalled.

‘‘I was happy – I was lead­ing for half the race,’’ Mil­lie said.

It was Mil­lie’s 47th medal - and her most prized one.

Af­ter that suc­cess, she went on to win the Welling­ton un­der-11 2km road champs by more than 45 sec­onds on Au­gust 20.

In her un­der-13 na­tional race, Bex was sit­ting in fifth at one stage.

But she had set a goal for the event - to get her first na­tional medal. This meant she wasn’t go­ing to let fifth be where she fin­ished, es­pe­cially af­ter com­ing fourth last year.

‘‘I thought, ‘that’s not what I’m here for. I’m here to get in the top three.’

‘‘So I passed two girls, then an­other girl and then took the lead - but got passed 100m be­fore the fin­ish line.’’

Bex has placed in the top three in all her races this year, has goals and is fo­cused. She also ap­pre­ci­ated hav­ing her fam­ily watch­ing her.

‘‘I was pretty stoked I had my sis­ter there – hav­ing them there is im­por­tant,’’ she said.

Next on the hori­zon for the Raroa In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent is the As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­me­di­ate and Mid­dle Schools games in Septem­ber.

She said she was ex­cited to be com­pet­ing there and was train­ing hard.

PHOTO: JO MUR­RAY

Mil­lie Jen­son at the na­tional cross-coun­try cham­pi­onships in Auck­land.

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