What an outstanding national cross country for the club.
Four golds, two silvers and three bronzes.
The Hawks trifecta in the B14 grade was a brilliant effort and gave me great pleasure with Isaiah Priddey leading all the way but having to race hard to hold off Hamilton Boys High clubmates Sam Montgomery and Connor Tristram. Arianna Lord ran a very heady race in the Youth Girls 18 tracking the leading group of pace makers but not forcing the pace until the last bit when she used her 1500 track speed to force a convincing win. Katy Dawson had her best masters woman’s run for some time placing 4th across the line and taking out the MW40 title. Brian Smith won gold in the Masters Men 80 grade.
Jacob Priddey worked hard to score a win in the Youth Boys 16 and came up with a creditable second. Sam Montgomery also scored a silver.
The three bronzes went to Grace Ritchie Girls 14, Maureen Leonard Masters Women 50 and Connor Tristram.
Teams medals were won by a number as part of WBOP teams. Katy Dawson and Karyn
McCready won gold in the winning Masters Women W35-49 team, and team bronzes were won by Tony Olsen, John Crane and Glenn Sexton M40 and Ross Butler M50.
I was delighted with Helen Rountree’s 5th her best nationals yet and this after spending all week trying to get her legs back into running mode after the physically demanding mountain race on the Sunshine Coast. Helen is off the World Mountain Champs in Poland in 3 weeks so her training programme includes some quite specific work on Sanitorium Hill.
A huge thank you must go to Hadleigh Craig and his Hawks team of course setters as the course attracted many compliments by its presentation and who would have thought that Minoque Park would be dry, firm and fast. I have never seen it so dry or looking so good or having so many spectators. Well done those Hawks who were involved.
Results below photos
|NZ Cross Country Champs 2013||Hawks Results|