2017 Northern New England Zone cross country

Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School's Tom Fowler strides out ahead of Nate Wade and Jamie Crawford of Glen Innes Public School.
Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School's Tom Fowler strides out ahead of Nate Wade and Jamie Crawford of Glen Innes Public School.

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.

Lucy McCowen leads this pack with  Elly Petrie and Jack Roffey hot on her heels in the 10 years section. Photo by Leeza Wishart.

Lucy McCowen leads this pack with Elly Petrie and Jack Roffey hot on her heels in the 10 years section. Photo by Leeza Wishart.

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.

SHPMPS'S Beth Phelps was runner-up to GIPS' Sophie Watt of  in the junior girls race.

SHPMPS'S Beth Phelps was runner-up to GIPS' Sophie Watt of in the junior girls race.

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.

A clean sweep for GIPS with Howie Eastwood (on right) winning the junior boys and Sam Walsh as runner-up.

A clean sweep for GIPS with Howie Eastwood (on right) winning the junior boys and Sam Walsh as runner-up.

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.

Emily Ryan presents Summer Cooper with her runner-up medallion for the 11 years girls, as winner Maisie Eastood looks on, for another GIPS clean sweep.

Emily Ryan presents Summer Cooper with her runner-up medallion for the 11 years girls, as winner Maisie Eastood looks on, for another GIPS clean sweep.

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.

Oscar Knox was runner-up to Jack Duddy in the 11 years boys. Both are GIPS students.

Oscar Knox was runner-up to Jack Duddy in the 11 years boys. Both are GIPS students.

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.

GIPS' Charli Lynn was runner-up and Sally Chard (of Emmaville Central School) the winner in the 12/13 years girls.

GIPS' Charli Lynn was runner-up and Sally Chard (of Emmaville Central School) the winner in the 12/13 years girls.

For those ‘supporters’ who may have missed the take-off, here’s the start of the race for each age group.

SHPMPS's Zephyr Horan won the 12/13 years boys, ahead of Koby Usmar of GIPS.

SHPMPS's Zephyr Horan won the 12/13 years boys, ahead of Koby Usmar of GIPS.

GIPS took home the Cathy Johnson and Russell Meehan Northern New England Cross Country Shield, seen here being presented to student Charli Lynn by event coordinator Emily Ryan.

GIPS took home the Cathy Johnson and Russell Meehan Northern New England Cross Country Shield, seen here being presented to student Charli Lynn by event coordinator Emily Ryan.

Even those who may not have been among the front-runners put in a valiant effort. Here are some more photos from the day...