Top placings for Nelson team
Nelson orienteering members have performed well at the South Island Championships held in Dunedin last weekend.
Twenty-three members competed in the two day event which included a sprint event at the Botanical Gardens and Championship event on Signal Hill.
While the senior club members recorded some competitive times, it was the junior members who were the star performers, which they continued to do over the following events.
Tide Fa’avae run smoothly to win the W12 grade on a 1.8km course. Leo Croxford took second place in the M12 grade on the same course. Nelson featured well in the under 14 division which raced a 2.3km circuit, with Hannah Mangnall getting second in the W14, Zefa Fa’avae winning the M14 and Riley Croxford in 2nd. Jodie Fa’avae had a flawless run to win the W40 on a 2.9km course.
The Sunday championship event began with a bus ride to the top of Signal Hill. Tide Fa’avae had her bearings once again to score a consecutive win, with Lani Murray from Golden Bay in third. Zefa Fa’avae and Riley Croxford repeated their achievements from the previous day. Hannah Mangnall won the W14 with a superb time on the 2.7km descent. Jamal Murray earned a hard fought second place in the M16. Jodie Fa’avae showed consistency to place second in the W40.
Overall it was a successful performance from the club which is fast making a mark on the national scene.
The junior members then travelled to Wanaka and Queenstown for the South Island Schools Championships, with three events over two days. (Monday and Tuesday). The Wanaka event was held on Mount Iron, a technical map littered with clearings amidst manuka stands, with an array of hiking and biking trails through the map.
Lani Murray got the Nelson Club off to a great start with a win in the Year 7/8 Girls, with Riley Croxford winning the Year 7/8 Boys with his younger brother Leo claiming third, who was racing up an age group. Anya Murray won the Junior Girls, leading fellow club member Hannah Mangnall in 2nd. Zefa Fa’avae won the Junior Boys with Jessie Fa’avae scoring third in the Senior Girls.
Day two was held at Deer Park Heights in Queenstown, an alpine area with interesting rocky outcrops, tarns and spectacular views of Lake Wakitipu. Tide Fa’avae won the Year 7/8 Girls and Leo Croxford was third in the Year 7/8 Boys. Riley Croxford won the Junior Boys, Hannah Mangnall won the Junior Girls with Anya Murray second. Jamal Murray was third in the Intermediate Boys. Zefa Fa’avae whose grade is in fact Year 7/8, decided to enter the Senior Boys and placed a very impressive second place.
Michael Croxford, team manager for the team, commented that the standout of the competition was the Team Relay event.
Zefa Fa’avae was the first runner who came in second just behind Otago Boys High School.
Jessie Fa’avae was the second runner who ran superbly and clawed back a small gain on the lead team. Hannah Mangnall had a lightening fast final lead to take the lead and bring home the victory.
The next Nelson Orienteering Club event will be held on May 13th at Foxhill. Members and non-members are welcome.
Jessica Fa’avae tags Hannah Mangell in the Motueka High School team.