Triathlon: Gore athlete to fore

Erin Wilson leads her Columba College colleague Shannon Edgar on the run leg on the shore of Lake Dunstan. Photo by Matt Haggart.
Erin Wilson leads her Columba College colleague Shannon Edgar on the run leg on the shore of Lake Dunstan. Photo by Matt Haggart.
Tearaway triathlete Aaron Barclay (15), of Gore High School, maintained his individual success at the Otago-Southland secondary schools triathlon championships at Cromwell yesterday.

Barclay emerged from the water as the leader after a 300m swim and was first away on the cycle. Bayfield High School team cyclist Jeff Notman (16) was close behind, capitalising on a quick handover from his swimming teammate Amelia McDonald-Nairn (16), and overtook Barclay on the 22km leg.

This gave his running team-mate Henry Benson-Pope a comfortable margin, which Barclay could not close over the 6km course beside Lake Dunstan.

The Bayfield High School team took line honours in a combined time of 55min 20sec.

Barclay won the overall individual title in a time of 55min 56sec. It was his first attempt in the Year 11-13 category, after winning the Year 10 and Year 9 titles in successive years.

Barclay had won the 1500m at his school's athletics day on Tuesday. He wants to make the New Zealand junior triathlon academy and needs a top-five finish at the national secondary school championships at Lake Karapiro, near Cambridge, in April.

First girl home was St Hilda Collegiate's Amelia Kinnaird, in 1:06:53.

Boy's team winners were Wakatipu High School's Rick Gutzewitz, Hamish Russell, and McGregor Fea in 1:00:02sec, while St Hilda Collegiate's Sarah McLaren, Laura MacKay, and Frances Newbold won the girls team event in 1:04:15sec.

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