O’Connor prevails at NZSSSC Cross Country
17 Jun 2017
Hannah O'Connor has won the Senior Girls race at the NZ Secondary Schools Cross County Championships in Christchurch.
Pre-race favourite Hannah O’Connor from Sacred Heart New Plymouth was pushed all the way by Phoebe McKnight from Hutt Valley High School.
O’Connor, winner of the junior race in 2015 and 2016 was made to work very hard by McKnight who won the Year 9 contest in 2015. The Taranaki athlete had to call on all her reserves to drop the Hutt Valley runner over the final stages of the race, winning in 13:49 by three seconds with a gap of 29 seconds back to defending champion Tessa Webb from Fielding High School.
“Phoebe pushed me really hard today “, said O’Connor. “She is in good form but I knew I had a good sprint and I had to rely on that today.”
O’Connor, along with boys minor medallists Priddey and Moulai are off to the Bahamas for the Youth Commonwealth Games in July.
- Athletics NZ