Flanagan peaking for Ukraine mission
Rangi Ruru's Rosa Flanagan has justified her reputation as the best secondary schoolgirl cross- country runner in New Zealand, winning her second consecutive national senior schoolgirls' title at Halswell Quarry, near Christchurch, on Saturday.
The 17-year-old beat St Cuthbert's College's Audrey Gregan and St Catherine College's Jean Kozyniak by 34 seconds over the 4km course.
Her winning time was 13min 06sec. It was ideal preparation for Flanagan, who will compete in the 1500m event at next month's world junior athletics championships in the Ukraine.
Rangi Ruru secured the senior girls' six-person team's trophy. They narrowly missed out on winning the senior girls' three-person team award, with Dunedin's Columba College pipping them on a countback.
Rangi Ruru had three runners in the top 30, with Gabrielle Gray finishing 11th and Annabelle Vincent 29th.
Auckland Grammar's Finn Wilson claimed the 6km senior boys' title with a winning time of 18min 09sec.
Burnside High's Sean Eustace was the top Canterbury performer, finishing seventh in 18.27, while Cashmere High's Cameron Avery was eighth in 18.32. St Bede's College's Tom Moulai was third in the 4km junior boys' race in 12.30.
There were four Canterbury athletes in the top 10, with Papanui High's Goiteom Gebremedihin, St Bede's College's Cameron Bartlett, and Christ's College's Jeremy Penrose all featuring.
St Bede's won the junior boys' top three team's title.
St Andrew's College's Ari Graham was the leading Canterbury runner home in the 3km junior girls' race, placing fifth with a time of 11.08.
Burnside High's Charlotte Blair, and Villa Maria's Jessie Anderson also finished in the top 10.