Opihi College Cross Country
A rather unusual year for cross country where change was anticipated, but not to this degree. The old course has been retired and a new one was being planned. A sudden Covid event and subsequent lockdown resulted in no new course for 2020. Instead we used the school grounds and the course we have been developing for the duathlons which we have been hosting.
The Year 9 and 10 year groups ran first on Tuesday afternoon. The weather was awesome, and conditions were perfect. The boys race was dominated by Jack Joyce who started fast and continued at a great pace for all three of his laps completing the course in little over fourteen minutes, nearly a minute and a half in front of Logan Larsen and Lachlan Ackroyd.
In the girls race Grace Bennett held on to first place after stiff competition from Bailee Ellery, whilst Emma Anso ran well to a third position.
On Wednesday the seniors ran. The boys, with five laps to run, started first and produced a well balanced race with Thomas Johnson narrowly beating Cole Robertson, by a chest length at the line. Bailey McDonald-Solway cruised in for third place.
Just like the boys race the senior girls saw a photo finish with Hailey Larsen narrowly holding off Madison Barclay, while a very surprised Issy Livingstone took third place honours.
Friday was a cold morning for running but a great crowd of parents and supporters, signed in to school and saw Connor Mckenzie win the boys race from Mu Robertson, who held off Harris Bagrie in third position. The girls race was equally as exciting with Ashley Rhodes winning over Shian Coskerie and Ella Swete.
Although not on the same day as in previous years, the students made the event and ran well. Thank you to the Ackroyd family for loaning us hay bales to use during the races, and thank you to all the supporters who visited the school to cheer our students on.
Next year we hope to move to a new course with the whole school running at the same time as in the past, but you never know.