Titahi Bay sisters show off their skills
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.
Millie Jenson at the national cross-country championships in Auckland.