Top plac­ings for Nel­son team

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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.

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