Youth team set the pace in forest relays

Last updated 05:00 11/09/2012

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Egmont Athletics' top male youth team dominated their section of the annual Red Stag Forest relays held through the Whakarewarewa redwood forest near Rotorua.

The No 1 team set a course record, with all four runners in outstanding form on Saturday.

Matthew Baxter smashed the course record by seven seconds with a time of nine minutes 57 seconds for the 3.2km lap. This set up a commanding lead that was extended by second-lap runner Angus White. Next away was Tom Spencer, who stretched the lead out even more.

Rhys Bishop brought the team home to a win in a record time and, in doing so, was rewarded with second-fastest time.

Fourth and fifth fastest times went to White and Spencer respectively.

Egmont's No 2 male youth team finished fourth.

In the female youth division, the Egmont runners secured second after some impressive racing. First-lap runner Ellie Tvrdeich ran well to gain a narrow eight-second lead, before handing over to Hannah Sturmer, who ran strongly to hold the lead.

Next up was Astoria Delaney, who despite running a solid race, was unable to maintain the lead. Madeleine Roughan scorched over the final lap to bring her team home and take out fastest time overall of 12min 40sec.

The third and fourth fastest times went to Sturmer and Tvrdeich respectively.

The Egmont women's team, who competed in the open women's section, finished second thanks to the efforts of Kate Baxter, Karen Eliason, Emily Roughan, Lynne Mackay and Vicky Adams.

Roughan recorded third fastest time overall, clocking 19min 18sec for the 5km.

The Egmont men's team of Nathan Foley, Rodney Gillum, Alan Jones and Matt Bennett, were a runner short so Danielle Trevis-Ingram, a past member of Egmont Athletics, put on her uniform once again to fill the void.

The team finished third, with Trevis-Ingram taking out the fastest women's time of 18min 22sec.

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