On Tuesday 16 May, Craighead had 21 students compete at the Aoraki Cross Country Championships at Ashbury Park, Timaru. It was a stunning day and Craighead had an awesome day on the course, producing some amazing team and individual results. The course consisted of 3 kilometers of straights, turns, hills and a jump and the competitors did an amazing job navigating and leaving everything out on the course. The list of competitors with their team and individual results are as follows (only the first 6 across the finish line were timed):

Year 9

(team of Kayla, Ruby and Harriett placed 1st overall!)

  • Kayla Allington, 1st place Time:12.47.98
  • Ruby Mahukika, 4th place Time: 14.04.72
  • Harriett Phillips, 7th place
  • Brooke Thompson, 8th place
  • Megan Alexander, 10th place
  • Jessica Box, 14th place
  • Milla McKenzie, 15th place

Junior Girls

(team of Ruby, Faith and Georgia placed 1st overall!)

  • Ruby Laming, 1st place Time: 12.43.54
  • Faith Coffin, 2nd place Time: 13.21.52
  • Georgia Bell, 7th place
  • Abby Hurst, 10th place
  • Ellie Flett, 12th place
  • Lucy Flynn, 13th place
  • Olivia Ewing, 22nd place

Senior Girls

(team of Niamh, Madi and Lucy placed 1st overall!)

  • Niamh Motley, 1st place Time: 12.25.39
  • Madi Thomas, 2nd place Time: 13.41.84
  • Lucy Murphy, 3rd place Time: 13.43.29
  • Lydia Giles, 5th place Time: 14.18.81
  • Nadia Van Den Bosch, 6th place Time: 14.43.11
  • Orla Motley, 9th place
  • Emily Carid, 10th place

Although competitors run individually, Cross Country is a team sport. Team results are calculated by adding the placing of the first three finishers of a respective school together and comparing this to other schools. The lowest score is named the winning team. Using an example from the above results, the senior girls first three finishers were from Craighead giving our team 6 points which was the lowest when compared to the other competing schools, therefore our senior girls team were named the winners. Congratulations to the Craighead teams for placing first in all three grades!

Overall, the competitors had an amazing day out on the course and had lots of fun while doing it! Some of the competitors are now looking forward to the Southern Schools Cross Country that will take place on the 28th of May at Ashbury Park. All the best to those that are competing!