For the third time running, Christchurch Girls’ High won the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championship at the Agrodome in Rotorua over the weekend.
Christchurch Girls’ High have dominated the age group races for the third consecutive year. The trio Amelia Persson, Akeira Worthington and Lily Trotter have had another convincing win, this time in the senior girls 4000m race. The Christchurch Girls’ High students achieved a combined total of 16 points, with Persson placing 2nd, Worthington placing 6th and Trotter placing 8th.
The three talented runners have also qualified for the New Zealand Secondary School Cross Country Team that will race in Australia in August this year. They will travel with the New Zealand team to Canberra and will compete at the 2016 Australian Cross Country Championships, racing on Australia’s world class custom built cross country course in the Stromlo Forest, Canberra.
The girls have won the National Secondary Schools Cross Country with some of the lowest scores in the history of the event, making them one of the best teams in the 43-year history of the competition.
Our Year 9 Girls’ team also enjoyed great success, gaining a silver in the 3-person team event. The top three runners that contributed to the points were Lucy Kokich placing 6th, Lili Ovendale 11th, and Emilie Brunton 17th.
Of the 10 students in the CGHS team, eight of them were selected to represent Canterbury in the inter-provincial 5 x 2km relay race held the next day, where Canterbury proved a dominant force in this debut event. Lucy Kokich, Lili Ovendale, Emilie Brunton and Olivia Kikstra competed and gained a bronze medal in the Year 9 Girls’ event. Brynlea Pain was a member of the Junior Girls’ team that placed first, and Amelia Persson, Akeira Worthington and Lily trotter walked away with their 2nd gold of the meet in the Senior Girls’ team.
Fabulous results from a well-disciplined and highly determined team. Well done!