NZ SS XC Senior Boys
1 Daniel Hoy (Westlake Boys HS)
2 Angus White (New Plymouth Boys HS) 19:33,
3 Goiteom Gebremedhin 19:42.
NZ SS XC Senior Girls
1 Tessa Webb 14:43 (Feilding High School),
2 Amelia Persson 14:45 (Christchurch Girls High),
3 Ari Graham 14:49 ,
4 Samantha Burke (Mt Aspiring College) 14:51
5 Tessa Hunt (wellington East Girls) 14:56
NZ SS XC Junior Boys
1 Murdoch McIntyre 13:19 (Westlake Boys High),
2 Luke Hill 13:23 (Waitara High School),
3 Liam Chesney 13:28 (St Patrick’s Kilbirnie),
4 Theodore Purdy 13:31 (Freyberg High School)
5 Dylan Lynch (Wellington College) 13:37
NZ SS XC Junior girls
1 Hannah O'Connor 10:28 (Sacred Heart Girls NP),
2 Liliana Braun 10.53 (Cashmere High School),
3 Kirstie Rae 11:02 (Wellington East Girls),
4 Aimee Ferguson (Rotorua Junior High School) 11:18
5 Lucy Rowe (Mahurangi College) 11:19
NZ SS XC Year 9 boys
1 Laurence Pithie (Christchurch BHS) 9:58,
2 Finn Seeds 10:04 (Hutt International BS),
3 Jeremy Burke 10:24 (Macleans College),
4 Felix Williamson 10:26 (Wellington College)
5 Mitch Snell 10:26 (Lindisfarne College)
NZ SS XC Year 9 girls
1 Charli Miller 11:00 (St Peters School),
2 Briana Irving 11:04 (Gisborne Girls High School),
3 Olivia Cummings 11:17.
Daniel Hoy took it to the next level in his final crack at the NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Rotorua today, finally winning gold after four years of silver medals.
The Westlake Boys High School athlete ran at the font of the field for the entire race, before attacking on the penultimate hill of the final lap, recording 19:22 for the 4km distance.
Mitchell Small (St Andrews) kept him company on the first two laps, but wilted near the end, while Angus White (New Plymouth Boys) finished strongly to claim second place. Goiteom Gebremedhin (Papanui) also finished well for third.
Tessa Webb from Fielding High School won the senior girls race from Amelia Persson (Christchurch Girls) and Ari Graham (St Andrews).
Webb also ran in the leading bunch before getting away from Persson and going on to win by two seconds in 14:43.
Murdoch McIntyre made it two wins for Westlake Boys, taking the junior boys race by four seconds from Luke Hill (Waitara) and Liam Chesney (St Pats Kilbirnie). McIntyre's winning time was 13:19 for the 4km distance.
The most dominant run came from New Plymouth Girls High athlete Hannah O'Connor in the junior girls 3km, winning in 10:28 with a margin of 25 seconds from Liliana Braun (Cashmere) and Kirstie Rae (Wellington East Girls).
Laurence Pithie (Christchurch Boys) took out the Year 9 boys 3km title in 9:58 from Finn Seeds (Hutt International) and Jeremy Burke from McLean’s College.
The winner of the Year 9 girls race was Charli Miller (St Peter's School) from Brianna Irving (Gisborne Girls) and Olivia Cummings (Otumoetai).
Anton Besseling (New Plymouth Boys) and Siobhan Terry (Rotorua Lakes) were winners in the Para athlete championships.
Over 950 athletes from 120 schools took part in the championships, in their 43rd year, at the Agrodome in Rotorua.
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