Wet weather fails to dampen runners’ enthusiasm

It may have dawned fine yesterday, but by the time the Otago Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships at Kaikorai Valley College started just before noon, the sun had disappeared.

The wet weather made for tough conditions, but the entrants handled it well enough and just got on with the job.

The championships were the culmination of four school running events over the past month throughout Dunedin.

Pictured (clockwise from top) The senior boys under-19 race starts;

Olivia McLachlan (16), of Mount Aspiring College, and Jordan Evans-Tobata (16), of Otago Girls’ High School, compete in the under-19 girls race;

Catherine Lund (15), of Otago Girls’ High School, displays some good form; Jake Owen (15), of Otago Boys’ High School, puts in the hard yards. PHOTOS: PETER MCINTOSH

Results. — Boys: under-14: Payo O’Sullivan (Timaru Boys’) 1; Ruie Hyslop (Dunstan) 2; Roman McNeil (Otago Boys’) 3; under-15: Hunter Tuck (Mount Aspiring) 1; Tom Sides (Mount Aspiring) 2; Angus Loe (John McGlashan) 3; under-16: Jake Owen (Otago Boys’) 1, Matthew Bolter (Otago Boys’) 2, Nico Alvarez Rey-Virag (Logan Park) 3; under-19: George Hamilton (Otago Boys’) 1, Grayson Westgate (John McGlashan) 2, Ezekiel Stewart (King’s) 3.

Girls: Lila Rhodes (Columba) 1, Amaya East (Mount Aspiring) 2, Sophie Sam (Otago Girls’) 3; under-15: Georgia McHutchon (Taieri) 1, Sophie Matehaere (Otago Girls’) 2, Anya Rhodes (Columba) 3; under-16: Zara Geddes (St Hilda’s Collegiate) 1, Faith Courtney (Columba) 2, Gracie Young (Queen’s) 3; under-19: Catherine Lund (Otago Girls’) 1, Becky De La Harpe (Otago Girls’) 2, Sophie Shallard (St Hilda’s) 3.

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