Twelve Mount Aspiring College (MAC) students put one foot in front of another to take home medals and high recognition at the 46th New Zealand Secondary School Track and Field and 44th Road Race Championships in Dunedin last weekend.
Their successful bid pinned them against 1300 other national student athletes during three-days of competition at Caledonian Ground at Logan Park to bring home one individual national gold champion medal, one individual bronze medal and a silver medal and bronze medal to the relay teams.
“This is, without doubt, the greatest success the college has enjoyed at this event,” said MAC teacher-in-charge Lincoln Bruce.
Zoe Smith ran a tactical race in windy conditions to push away in the last lap and win gold in the junior girls (under-16) 1500m. Abby Fisher kept a strong pace in the junior girls 100m sprint field to claim third place. Fisher teamed up with Georgie Bruce, Abby East and Scarlett Norman to also secure third place in the junior girls 4x100m relay and, less than a hour later, second place in the 4x400m relay. Fisher, Bruce, East and Norman are all 14-years-old and, therefore, able to compete as juniors again in the 2019 national event.
New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association (NZSSAA) holds four main competitions each year, including the Track and Field and Road Race Championship, and opens them to NZSSAA-affiliated schools.
Bruce said “next for some of these athletes will be the South Island Colgate Games in mid-January in Dunedin competing for Aspiring Athletes Club. All of them will be competing at Otago and then South Island secondary school champs next March, so lots to look forward to.”