Runners from Glen Innes, Deepwater, Red Range and Mingoola Public Schools and Emmaville Central School met up with those from host Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School in Tenterfield on Friday, May 19 for their zone cross country trials.
The races were run just before the rain became too heavy, and there was a lot of spirited competition as the finish line was crossed.
Ultimately Beth Phelps flew the flag for SHPMPS, coming runner-up in the junior girls after Sophie Watt. Junior boys was won by Howie Eastwood ahead of Sam Walsh. Big sister Maisie Eastwood won the 11 years girls ahead of Summer Cooper while Jack Duddy crossed the line first in the 11 years boys, followed by Oscar Knox.
Sally Chard and Charlie Lynn were the winner and runner-up respectively in the 12/13 years girls, and SHPMS runner Zephyr Horan and Koby Usmar were first and second in the boys’ division.
The winning school on the day was determined by points gained by those competing, divided by the population of the school. GIPS took home the shield.
The top six placegetters from each division now go on to compete in the regional cross country competition to be held at Coolah in mid-June.
For those ‘supporters’ who may have missed the take-off, here’s the start of the race for each age group.
Even those who may not have been among the front-runners put in a valiant effort. Here are some more photos from the day...