25 Jun 2021

Friday 25 June 2021

"In my 51 years that I have attended the NZSS Champs the recently run event in Hawera would be the wettest I have been to," says Head of Distance Running Perry Cunningham

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Congratulations to Siobhan Balle (pictured above at an earlier athletics competition) who possibly had her best-ever race in a King's singlet finishing the second lap strongly for 7th in a time of 17m06.8s in the Senior Girls race out of 97 finishers.

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As a result of her fine run Siobhan was also selected for the NZSSAA Paper team (not travelling this year due to COVID-19).

In the Year 9 boys 3km race Quinn Moss battled his way to 14th in 11m04.5s after being pushed off the course early at a narrow muddy section while in the top five, and then recovering back to 6th and then having his shoe raked off by another runner which paid to his chances of top position in extremely muddy slippery conditions. 122 boys finished the race.

Alex de Lautour placed 91st in the junior boys 4km race in a time of 19.46.8 with 108 boys making it to the finish and 9 DNFs.

Our track-running Seniors found the soft muddy conditions not to their liking with James Harding breaking his wrist after sliding into a fence post but running on to finish 22nd in 21.09.05. Zane Powell returning from injury finished 27th in 21.15.0, Toby Tasker ran solidly for 38th in 21.29.9 and James Ford 87th in 22.53.5.

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The senior boys race always has a huge field and 188 seniors completed the race.

Provisionally our three-man team placed 5th with 87pts behind McLeans 21pts Westlake 22pts Wanganui 73pts Wellington College 85pts .

A huge thanks to all the parents who supported the runners.

Perry Cunningham
Head of Distance Running