Sunday, July 20, 2014

2014 Wellington XC Champ Races Waikanae Sat 19 Jul


Cameron Goldsmid won the senior 12,000m in 41:08. Goldsmid has now won every Wellington interclub event this season. Ryan McAlister was second in 41:17 and Dougal Thorburn third in 41:50. Tina Harris won the senior 8000m in 31:25 from Nicole Mitchell 32:31 and Gabrielle O’Rourke 32:41. The junior women 6000m went to Stevie Paine in 25:38 while Phoebe van Boheemen headed in Kelsey Forman in 15:47 in the youth 4000m, Forman recording 16:02. Van Boheemen only joined Olympic a year ago and has had a fantastic season battling it out with Forman in most races. Forman is off to Australia at the end of August with the New Zealand secondary schools cross country team. Jackie Mexted was the best of the master women in 24:30 for the 6000m, with O’Rourke following up her third in the senior women in second. Nathan Tse won the junior 8000m in 27:53, beating Marcus Karamanolis by 25 seconds. Stefan Przychodzko won the youth 6000m in 20:47 from Tom Caughley 21:16. Grant McLean, who turned 40 in 2008, was the quickest around the masters 8000m in 28:49, to win his sixth M40 title in seven years (he was beaten by Todd Stevens last year). McLean has now won more masters titles than any other male in the history of M40 championships in the Wellington region. Source ANZ

Cam Goldsmid adds the Wgtn XC title to his wins at the Vosseler and the Dorne

Dave Parsons (Non-Champ SM) ran a well judged race to outsmart he tenacious Grant McLean (MM 40+ winner)

The legendary Graham Macky on a rare visit to Wellington



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

2014 Secondary Schools National XC Races Palmerston North Sat 21 Jun

Jamie Luke, Dannervirke High School


Geordie Beamish won the senior boys 6km in 21:05, just heading in fast finishing Daniel Hoy by three seconds. Hoy came through to pip Sean Eustace by one second in 21:08. Beamish sat with the lead group of ten athletes for the first of three laps before the group dropped to six runners by the end of the second lap in the heavy conditions at Massey University.

Beamish, the New Zealand youth cross country champion and New Zealand junior 1500m champion, outlasted the others and had the legs to carry him to the title. Eustace lead his Burnside High School team to first place in both the three and six person teams championships.

Hanna English ran near the front of the senior girls field with a small group before stamping her authority on the race and edging ahead to win the senior girls 4km in 16:06 by five seconds from Audrey Gregan and Isabella Richards. English was second in the New Zealand youth road championships and third in the national schools road race. Gregan finished in the same place as last year, but had the satisfaction of leading the St Cuthbert's team to both the three and six person teams championships.

St Andrews College in Christchurch provided the winners for both of the junior races. Mitchell Small won the boys race from Isiah Priddey and James Uhlenberg, while Ari Graham, New Zealand secondary junior girls 800m and 1500m champion and national youth 1500m champion, was winner of the girls race from Zia Macdermid and Harriet Bush.

The Year Nine championship races were won by Samuel Tanner and Olivia Corrin. Josh Rosie and Ruby Morrison were winners in the Para-Athlete categories.

The championships attracted 950 entrants from 125 secondary schools throughout New Zealand.

Senior 6km: Geordie Beamish (Wanganui Collegiate) 21:05 1, Daniel Hoy (Westlake BHS) 21:08 2, Sean Eustace (Burnside HS) 21:09 3.
Junior 4km: Mitchell Small (St Andrew’s College) 14:39 1, Isiah Priddey (Hamilton BHS) 14:43 2, James Uhlenberg (Sacred Heart Akld) 14:51 3.
Year 9 3km: Samuel Tanner (Bethlehem College) 9:57 1, Alexander Hull (Kerikeri HS) 9:58 2, Nikolai Allen (St Patrick’s Silverstream) 10:06 3.
Para 2km: Josh Rosie (Kings HS) 8:39 1, Anton Besseling (N/Ply BHS) 9:25 2, David Smith (Te Awamutu C) 9:30 3.
Senior 4km: Hanna English (Columba College) 16:05 1, Audrey Gregan (St Cuthbert’s) 16:10 2, Isabella Richards (St Kentigern) 16:22 3.
Junior 3km: Ari Graham (St Andrew’s College) 10:29 1, Zia Macdermid (Awatapu College) 10:40 2, Harriet Bush (St Margaret’s College) 10:49 3.
Year 9 3km: Olivia Corrin (Gisborne GHS) 10:54 1, Hannah O’Connor (Sacred Heart GC N/Ply) 10:57 2, Katrina Robinson (Brisbane State HS) 11:12 3, Akeira Worthington (Chch GHS) 11:12 4.
Para 2km: Ruby Morrison (Solway College) 13:32 1.