Saxton Field, Nelson
Runners up last year champions this year, Aaron Pulford of Hauraki Plains and Olivia Burne of Palmerston North collected the senior secondary schools cross country titles at Saxton Field Nelson on Saturday afternoon.
Raced in perfect conditions on a firm fast course Pulford was in the leading group from the start of the senior boys 6km before hitting out on his own mid -way through the event to win comfortably in 18m 36s. Mohamed Ali of Fairfield College in Hamilton, second in the junior boys last year, worked his way through from 10th early on to claim second in 18m 52s. Scott Russell from Botany Downs in Auckland was third in 19m 3s.
Olivia Burne of Palmerston North had a great battle with Nicki McFadzien of Villa Maria in the senior girls 4km. Burne eventually broke clear with 800m to go to win by three seconds in 13m 44s. McFadzien was third to Burne's second placing last year. Auckland Grammar School triumphed in the senior boys teams race while St Hildas won both the three person and six person teams races in the girls.
Margot Gibson of St Margaret's College Christchurch made it two years in a row in the junior girls 3km.
Senior 6km: Aaron Pulford (Hauraki Plains College) 18m 36s 1, Mohamed Ali (Fairfield College) 18m 52s 2, Scott Russell (Botany Downs) 19m 3s 3. Teams: 3 person, Auckland Grammar School 1, Wanganui Collegiate 2, Westlake Boys 3. 6 person, AGS 1, Tauranga Boys 2, Tawa College 3.
Junior 4km: Michael Sutton (Tauranga Boys) 12m 48s 1, Matt Baxter (N/Plym Boys) 12m 57s 2, Kieron McDonald (Scotts College Wgtn) 13m 2s 3.
Year 9 3km: Magnus Whyte (AGS) 9m 36s 1, Barkhad Mohamed (Rongotai College) 9m 39s 2, Matt Grenfell (Hutt International) 9m 40s 3.
Senior 4km: Olivia Burne (Pal/Nth GHS) 13m 44s 1, Nicki McFadzien (Villa Maria College Chch) 13m 47s 2, Rebekah Greene (St Hildas College Dunedin) 13m 52s 3. Teams: 3 person, St Hildas 1, Tauranga Girls 2, Massey High School 3. 6 person, St Hildas 1, Wanganui Collegiate 2, Tawa College 3.
Junior 3km: Margot Gibson (St Margaret's College Chch) 10m 12s 1, Mikayla Nielson (Corresp School Hamilton) 10m 23s 2, Kerry White (Te Aroha College) 10m 34s 3.
Year 9 3km: Susannah Lynch (St Mary's Wgtn) 10m 35s 1, Jean Lampen-Smith-Kozyniak (St Catherine's Wgtn) 10m 42s 2, Annabelle Vincent (Rangi Ruru Chch) 10m 55s 3.