And they’re off . . .
The boys’ under 14 field begin their 3000 metre cross country championship race at Te Anau’s Ivon Wilson Park on Wednesday.
It may have been a wet day out for the Southland Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, held at Te Anau’s Ivon Wilson Park on Wednesday, but that added to the challenge of the event, organiser Shaun Cantwell said.
About 260 students from 16 different secondary schools throughout Southland and Queenstown took part in the event, which covered eight age groups.
Cantwell said the despite there being a few wet areas on the course, it was ‘‘good cross country weather’’.
Two records were broken during the event, one by Kennedy Taylor, of Southland Girls’ High School, in the under 13 girls event, and the other by Todd Vemeir, of Wakatipu High School, in the under 14 boys event.
‘‘It’s very unusual for records to be broken,’’ Cantwell said.
Next month the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships will be held in Taupo.
Shaun Cantwell, of Fiordland College, sends the under 13 girls away in their 3000 metre event at the Southland Secondary schools cross country championships at Te Anau’s Ivon Wilson Park on Wednesday.
St Peters College’s Sophie Shallard clears out to win the girls’ under 16 event.
Jessica Lucy (SGHS) leads Riley Ballantyne (CSC) during the early stages of the girls’ under 14 event. Riley Ballantyne took the lead and went on to win.
Kennedy Taylor (SGHS) on her way to an easy win in the under 13 race.