New Plymouth Boys' High strong at Super 8 Cross Country
6 Jun 2017
In what has been described as the most complete performance in the 17-year history of Super 8 Cross Country, New Plymouth Boys' High School won all three age-groups to retain the Shield in Tauranga last week.
Run over an excellent course at Waipuna Park, the 40-strong Boys' High team showed their strength and depth to claim the crown for a seventh time.
In the year nine 3km race, Robbie White ran with the leaders and finished second in 10min45sec.
With Lachie Moles in fourth and Alexis Bahamonde seventh, it was the perfect start for the team and the year nine team's first victory since 2004.
The under-16 race saw three boys push to the front early including two from New Plymouth. The race was won by Oliver Gordon from Napier Boys in 14min38sec, but it was Joe Collins just two seconds behind and Mac Rowe another 10 seconds back that set the tone for another team win.
With Brayden Sharp finishing in ninth, it was two from two in the teams races with one to go.
A quality field assembled in the senior race and the pace was on from the gun. Boys' High's inspirational captain Chris Devaney proved too strong for the field and his win over the 6km course by 27 seconds in 20min26sec was a real confidence booster.
With Jack Elliott and Oak Jones in sixth and seventh respectively, it was a clear team victory again.
The nine scoring runners added to just 41 points which assured victory for the team once more.
An improving Palmerston North Boys' High School placed second with 73 and Napier Boys' High School were third with 95.
The unbeaten New Plymouth Boys' High School team now heads to the Secondary Schools Nationals in Christchurch on June 16 knowing they will be competitive in all three age groups, and with Anton Besseling also looking to retain his national title.