Four medals for Al­bany in State ti­tles

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Al­bany riders snared four medals at the resched­uled 2018 State Cri­terium Cham­pi­onships held in Bayswa­ter on Sun­day.

Af­ter be­ing can­celled in April the cham­pi­onships were run on a new track and proved a suc­cess for Al­bany com­peti­tors as Wig­gins sib­lings, Fay, Emily and Dan­ica all emerged with gold medals while Ri­ley Hes­lop fin­ished with sil­ver.

In the ju­nior women un­der-13 race, Fay proved too strong over the six laps to cross the line more than one and half min­utes ahead of her near­est ri­val.

The un­der-15 ju­nior women con­tested their ti­tle over 11 laps of the course and Emily emerged vic­to­ri­ous af­ter a strong ride through­out, fin­ish­ing 51.954sec. in front of Is­abella Com­mons.

Com­plet­ing the Wig­gins’ hat-trick of gold medals, Dan­ica Wig­gins won her un­der-17 ju­nior women’s race by a nar­row mar­gin from Dhalia Haines, with Al­bany’s Jes­sica Wal­dron back in fourth place.

Hes­lop al­most pinched a mem­o­rable vic­tory in the un­der-17 men’s de­cider, launch­ing sev­eral at­tacks off the front in­clud­ing one on the fi­nal lap only to be caught by Joshua Com­mons in the sprint fin­ish.

He man­aged to grab sec­ond place and a sil­ver medal.

Lach­lan Wal­dron was sixth across the line.

Lo­cal coach Stu­art Pass­more praised the ef­forts of Al­bany’s ju­nior mem­bers.

“Four medals in four races shows that Al­bany con­tin­ues to bat far above av­er­age for its pop­u­la­tion in cy­cling,” Pass­more said.

“Our ju­nior riders lead the way at State level, it’s a real priv­i­lege to be in­volved with all of them.”

Al­bany’s Craig Wig­gins did not fin­ish in the open men’s di­vi­sion and Pass­more also failed to fin­ish in masters men’s 40-49.

Pic­ture: PB Pho­tog­ra­phy

Fay Wig­gins on her way to vic­tory.

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