And they’re off . . .

The Southland Times - - Front Page -

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.

BARRY HAR­COURT

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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.

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