An overcast day met our students on Friday, 7 May, when they took each other on over the undulating terrain of the Te Atatu Pony Club that is our venue for the Rutherford College Cross Country Day.
Throughout the afternoon we had our year 9, 10 and seniors compete, or leisurely gait, around our 2.4 km course. The course was littered with multiple obstacles to jump (or swerve around) and to add to a more testing race without overly extending the distance from past years. This made for a fun, challenging race to participate in.
Most of the races, bar the senior boys and Year 10 Girls races, had battles all the way to the last straight. Jay Huggins was too strong in the senior boy’s race, winning by 16 seconds to the second place-getter, Jesse Schwalger. Zahra Wihongi was equally as dominant in the Year 10 girl’s race, winning in a time of 7.27 minutes. This would have been good enough to win the Senior Girls race as well! The actual winner of the senior girl’s race was Lucinda Hill, who was able to turn the tables on the results of last year winning by a mere 4 seconds over Keira Schriefer.
In the Year 10 Boys race, Michael Stuart had a great stoush around the course with Mr. Gilmore. Mr. Gilmore backed this battle up by also competing against the senior boys straight after. The Year 9 students had their first experience of the Rutherford College Cross Country event. There was also close finishes in these events, which hailed Brooke Hari and Dylan Chapman as our Year 9 Girls and Boys Cross Country Champions for this year.
There were many commendable performances by students and teachers that participated. An enjoyable day made successful by the coordinated support of our teaching staff to deliver the students successfully and safely from and to the school grounds, as well as the support and organisation of our Sports Committee.
Final thanks must go to the Te Atatu Pony Club and the students who are members of the club, for assisting with the safety of the horses and providing a wonderful facility for the event to be run over. It was good to get the event completed, after the delays and rescheduling that had affected it. Those that competed I’m sure enjoyed the experience and were thankful they were able to get some fresh air, a few grass-grazes, along with a few bumps from the hurdles.
Well done to everyone who participated, and thank you for a fun day.