Stephanie wins cross­coun­try champs

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Stephanie Walker of Dan­nevirke won the In­ter­me­di­ate Manawatu¯ Sec­ondary Schools Cross­coun­try Cham­pi­onships on Wed­nes­day May 16 at Manawatu¯ Col­lege, Fox­ton.

She did it not to her plan, find­ing her­self lead­ing the 40-strong field af­ter the first run down a steep hill.

She was how­ever able to con­trol the slow pace and when it came to the steep rise up to the fin­ish she had more in re­serve to hang onto the lead.

Af­ter com­ing third as a year nine in the ju­nior ranks and sec­ond in year 10 Stephanie was de­lighted to keep the trend of im­prov­ing go­ing and to win this one.

While cross­coun­try is the cur­rent fo­cus, Stephanie con­tin­ued her form of the sum­mer in athletics, com­pet­ing in the East Coast Sec­ondary School Athletics in March where she was sec­ond in the 800m and third in the 1500m af­ter trip­ping.

In the 800m she cracked the Dan­nevirke High School record which had stood for 27 years.

, Stephanie went to the North Is­land Sec­ondary School’s Athletics Cham­pi­onships in Whanganui in April, com­ing sev­enth in the 800m but not com­pet­ing the next day in her favoured 1500m be­cause she had her CAC­TUS school pro­gramme grad­u­a­tion that day.

Stephanie is in train­ing with the Feild­ing Moas Har­ri­ers Club as there is no club in Dan­nevirke. She goes over to train ev­ery Satur­day af­ter­noon, which means netball has been dropped for now.

With danc­ing and NCEA Level One to con­tend with as well it is a busy life.

Stephanie goes to the North Is­land Sec­ondary Schools Cross­coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Taupo¯ on June 16.

THE strug­gle up the last hill.

STEPHANIE has the lead in the Manawatu¯ Sec­ondary Schools’ cross­coun­try.

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