McFadzien out to shed bridesmaid's tag
Canterbury's Nicki McFadzien will be out to shed the bridesmaid's tag at the national cross country championship in Hamilton today.
McFadzien has been the hard luck story of the senior women's race in recent years.
She finished third last year, and second in 2011. In the under-19s race in 2010, she also finished up in second place.
Her main rival is Holly Van Dalen, who completed her US athletics scholarship with twin sister Lucy and settled in Auckland to attend teachers training college while continue training under her American coach.
Other challengers for the 8km distance around Minogue Park will include Auckland's Katie Wright, North Harbour Bays' Danielle Ingram-Trevis, Hannah Newbould, and Waikato-Bay of Plenty's Helen Rountree.
Nikki Hamblin, fresh from her European track season, has also entered.
Andrew Davidson, Callan Moody, and Daniel Balchin shape as Canterbury's strongest threats in the senior men's 12km race.
Hugo Beamish will be the man to beat but heads into the race after a recent injury to his Achilles and knee after a collision on a footpath.
Other Cantabrians to watch out for at the event will include Margot Gibson, and Pippa Trevella [u20 girls], Sean Eustace (u18 boys], Ari Graham and Jessica Ellis [girls' u15], and Richard Bennett [masters men].