- Last Updated: Saturday, 03 October 2015 11:48
Big Foot stamped their class all over the Australian sprint championships in Ballarat on Friday, with a carnival best five wins, two seconds and a third.
Melbourne Forest Racers had identical results to share the honours as the second weekend of action got underway in gusty conditions at St Patrick's College.
Nea Shingler and Oliver Freeman did the double in the youngest class, 10A, while Tracy Marsh (pictured) won W35A, ONSW president Greg Barbour took out M50A and Debbie Byers claimed the W60A title.
NSW runners to place second were Jenny Enderby (NC) in W45A, Carolyn Matthews (NC) in W50A, junior squad coach Jock Davis (BF) in M45A, Mark Shingler (BF) in M50A, Chippy le Carpentier (SH) in M70A and Neil Schafer (GO) in M85A.
Third placings went to Erika Enderby (NC) in W01A, Maree Doyle (UR) in W17-20A, Julia Prudhoe (CC) in W60A, Pauline Moore (WR) in W65A, Jenny Hawkins (NT) in W70A, Chris Fitzgerald (GS) in M21A, Fedor Iskhakov (BN) in M35A, Matt Hackett (WH) in M40A, Eoin Rothery (BF) in M55A and Jim Merchant (GO) in M70A.
That's 11 of our 16 clubs on the podium - well done! We should also mention that our orienteers have been cleaning up on the social side of things, too, with Newcastle's Margaret Peel winning the Dr Blake literary competition, and Garingal's Sue Thomson the 'best dressed' award at the dinner.
Saturday sees the blue ribbon event of the caarnival - the Australian long championships.
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 September 2015 17:57
Big Foot's Alastair George was the fastest runner in the first leg of the junior boys at the Australian schools relay championships near Ballarat on Wednesday, but the team had to settle for fifth and relinquish the crown they won in WA last year.
Alastair gave the Carbines a four-second advantage, before clubmate Ewan Shingler produced a great run to have NSW third at the last change. Rookie Finn Mackay filled in for the ill Duncan Currie.
New Zealand teams won three of the four schools relays, with Queensland grabbing the win in the senior boys.
Our senior boys (Daniel Hill, Toby Wilson, Callum Davis) were seventh, as were our senior girls (Georgia Jones, Melissa Annetts, Rebecca George), while our junior girls (Claire Burgess, Rebecca Kennedy, Sophie Jones) finished sixth.
We congratulate all our schools team competitors on their efforts - many of them have run five days in a row. And a big thank you to coach Jock and manager Sally.
The national carnival continues on Friday with the Australian sprint championships.
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 September 2015 22:23
Uringa's Jones sisters roared back into form at the Australian schools individual championships near Ballarat on Tuesday.
Georgia was fourth in the senior girls, just 2:12 behind the winner and two junior world championship representatives, while younger sibling Sophie (pictured) was 9th in the junior girls - an excellent result in her first year in NSW colours.
In the boys divisions, Toby Wilson (GO) was seventh in a strong senior field, while Alastair George (Big Foot) finished 11th in the juniors.
The schools relays are tomorrow (Wed). NSW are defending champions in the junior boys.