Hero photograph
National Cross Country Team Members pictured with the statue of Jack Lovelock outside Timaru Boys High School.
Photo by Sandra Pooch

Cross Country

Sandra Pooch —

This is the season the Cross Country runners love. Our school has a proud tradition of success in Cross Country

The season begins with the School Cross Country. All Year 9 and 10 students and significant numbers of senior students participate in what is a highlight of the year.

The school champions are :

Year 9 Boys

James Anderson 9SOSC

Year 9 Girls

Ella Matthews 9WSME

Year 10 Boys

Theo Walker 10NRSR

Year 10 Girls

Anna Christensen 10SBYS

Year 11 Boys 

Ocean Faloon-Cavandar  11SKRA

Senior Boys

Daniel Roswell  13OLK

Senior Girls

Becky Coulson 11SKNG

(Full placings are attached)

From the School Cross Country a large team competed in the Canterbury Road Race at the A and P Showgrounds.

Cameron Clark 13WUP won the Senior Boys race by more than 10 seconds. He is a dedicated athlete who has represented Burnside in Athletics and Cross Country for all his time at Burnside. He was thrilled to win . He combined with Corban Straker 12SMGD 9th, Thomas Anderson 12SMGD 11th and Ocean Falloon-Cavandar 19th 11SKRA to win the Senior Boys Team event ahead of Boys High, St Bedes and Christ College. With only one Year 13 in this team in a large tough field we can be very proud of these young men.Not to be outdone Theo Walker 10NRSR was a creditable third in the Under 16 Boys race.

This was followed two weeks later by the Canterbury Cross Country Championships held at Ascot Park.

A big win this time or our Senior Boys Team with 4 finishers in the top 8Cameron  Clark 13WUP 2ndDaniel Roswell 13OlK 4thCorben Straker 12SMGD 6thThomas Anderson 12SMGD 8thCongratulations also to our younger athletesTheo Waller 10NRSR 4th Sue Petrie 9SPTS 11thDafydd Spratt 11NMSL 11thAnna Christenson 10SBYS 13th

This was followed two weeks later by the National Secondary Schools Cross Country in Timaru.

The Senior Boys were disappointed not to win a medal on the day,  but they performed to their potential - being among the top teams in the country. The Senior Boys race had more than 250 Over 16 boys in it which made it quite a spectacle. Theo Walker 10NRSR was 9th in the Junior Boys Race and was recognised at the prize giving. On Sunday we had the Regional Relays with all our athletes having been selected for Canterbury Teams. The 5 person Canterbury Senior A team with Cameron Clark 13WUP and Daniel Roswell 13OLK in it won the Silver Medal. Theo Walker was in the Junior A team and they finished in bronze medal position. 

An outstanding season of Cross Country