The region's most promising young runners braved the dreadful weather conditions yesterday at the Canterbury secondary schools' cross country championships at Halswell Quarry.
The first five races were held in cold, but dry conditions, but the runners in the final four races had to contend with sleety showers. There was a strong turnout with 475 runners competing.
Papanui High School's Ben Musson took out the 4km senior boys' race in a close finish, from Catholic Cathedral College's Matthew Dryden. Rangi Ruru's Rosa Flanagan claimed the senior girls' race by over a minute and a half.
Other winners included Rangiora High's Mairi Law in the intermediate girls', St Bede's College's Tom Moulai (junior boys'), St Andrew's College's Ari Graham (junior girls'), Catholic Cathedral College's Christopher Dryden (under-14 boys'), and St Margaret's Harriet Bush (under-14 girls').
Halswell Residential College's Joel Kibblewhite registered the quickest time in the athletes with disabilities race.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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