Bridie Edwards finishes fifth place at New Zealand cross country championships
Bridie Edwards keeps getting better and better, as evidenced at Saturday's New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Christchurch.
Edwards, the Waimea College runner competing in her final New Zealand schools cross country race, rallied from 12th to fifth place over the last three kilometres of the 4km route at Ascot Golf Course to secure her third straight top 10 finish in the senior girls' race.
She placed 10th in 2015 and eighth last year.
"I am heading in the right direction," said Edwards, who finished in 14min 28sec.
Edwards was second in the year 9 race in 2013 and sixth in the junior race in 2014, making her perhaps the first runner from the Tasman area to place in the top 10 all five years of high school.
She also secured her third straight selection for the New Zealand team heading to the Australian Cross Country Championships.
Kalani Sheridan of Nayland College made his second straight team after his 11th place finish in the senior boys' race.
Sheridan, finally at full-strength following a leg-injury that plagued him for a month, passed several runners on the second half of the 6km race to finish in 19min 25sec.
Max Meffan of Nelson College finished 20th in 19min 52sec , and Motueka High School's Fletcher Pickworth 25th in 19min 59sec. Nick Matthews was 50th in 20min 32sec and Sam Mead 67th in 20min 52sec.
Waimea College's Jacob Neal was the top Tasman finisher in the year 9 boys' 3km race in 25th place with a time of 10min 49sec. His teammate Daniel Crimp finished 43rd in 11min 4sec. Nelson College had Jamie Wallis 28th in 10min 51sec, Will Trott 42nd in 11min 4sec, and Oxford Bayley 57th in 11min 18sec.
Nelson College for Girls had a 38th place finish from Lucy Martin in the year 9 girls' race and Breena Gibbins 48th in the junior girls.