Catch us if you can

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: They couldn’t. Makauri School student Chloe Kapene started at the front and that is where she stayed in the Year 6 girls’ race at the primary interschool cross-country championships at Showgrounds Park yesterday. Over 500 students took part, and Mangapapa defended the overall top school honours. All pictures by Liam Clayton
WINNER: Makauri’s Austin Fergus on the way to winning his race.
Riley Lewis (Wainui), the Year 5 girls winner.
Rere’s Georgia Roberts (blue shirt) and Waerenga o Kuri’s Natalie Johnson in the Y5 girls’ race.
GIVING IT THEIR ALL: Te Wharau’s Kahu Waihi-Leach beats Mangapapa’s Nathaniel Fearnley in a sprint finish for second in the Y5 boys’ race.

MANGAPAPA remain the district’s No.1 cross-country school after over 500 students competed at the primary interschool championships at Showgrounds Park yesterday.

Mangapapa, led by Jerome Tamatea’s victory in the Year 4 boys’ race, finished overall top school on 129 points.

Once again the battle for playground superiority was between defending champions Mangapapa and Makauri, who were second on 83 points, with Central third on 33.

The individual highlight was Chloe Kapene’s win in the Y6 girls’ race. It completed a perfect record of Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 titles for the Makauri School student since 2014.

Makauri collected four individual titles. As well as Chloe’s win, Sophie Barwick won the Y3 girls’ race, Georgie Beaufoy followed up last year’s Y3 girls’ win with the Y4 honours and Austin Fergus, after second placings the previous two years, won the Y5 boys’ title.

Other year winners were Reia Morgan (Y3 boys, Horouta Wananga); Riley Lewis (Y5 girls, Wainui Beach), who won the Y4 race last year; and Tiopira Kirk (Y6 boys, Kaiti), who has a record of three wins and a second in the annual champs.

The champs featured what is believed to be a record field of over 520 students and were run by Awapuni School in conjunction with Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti.

Phil Robinson, of Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti said it was “a fabulous day ... with perfect weather, some wonderful races and total commitment from everyone”.

“Congratulations to everyone who took part and thanks to all the teachers and parents who helped prepare the runners for their big team.”

“Many thanks to the team from Awapuni School, who led the organisation of the event. They did a great job.”

Find more of our photos on our Photo page.

MANGAPAPA remain the district’s No.1 cross-country school after over 500 students competed at the primary interschool championships at Showgrounds Park yesterday.

Mangapapa, led by Jerome Tamatea’s victory in the Year 4 boys’ race, finished overall top school on 129 points.

Once again the battle for playground superiority was between defending champions Mangapapa and Makauri, who were second on 83 points, with Central third on 33.

The individual highlight was Chloe Kapene’s win in the Y6 girls’ race. It completed a perfect record of Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 titles for the Makauri School student since 2014.

Makauri collected four individual titles. As well as Chloe’s win, Sophie Barwick won the Y3 girls’ race, Georgie Beaufoy followed up last year’s Y3 girls’ win with the Y4 honours and Austin Fergus, after second placings the previous two years, won the Y5 boys’ title.

Other year winners were Reia Morgan (Y3 boys, Horouta Wananga); Riley Lewis (Y5 girls, Wainui Beach), who won the Y4 race last year; and Tiopira Kirk (Y6 boys, Kaiti), who has a record of three wins and a second in the annual champs.

The champs featured what is believed to be a record field of over 520 students and were run by Awapuni School in conjunction with Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti.

Phil Robinson, of Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti said it was “a fabulous day ... with perfect weather, some wonderful races and total commitment from everyone”.

“Congratulations to everyone who took part and thanks to all the teachers and parents who helped prepare the runners for their big team.”

“Many thanks to the team from Awapuni School, who led the organisation of the event. They did a great job.”

Find more of our photos on our Photo page.

Primary interschool cross-country championship results (top three)

Year 3 girls: Sophie Barwick (Makauri) 1, Olivia Edwards (Mangapapa) 2, Ruby Ward (Te Hapara) 3.
Y3 boys: Reia Morgan (Horouta Wananga) 1, Zac Puketapu (Mang) 2, Walker Turner (Sonrise Christian School) 3.
Y4 girls: Georgie Beaufoy (Mak) 1, Jacqueline Kennedy (Central) 2, Chloe Moore (Mak) 3.
Y4 boys: Jerome Tamatea (Mang) 1, Malakai Tea (Kaiti) 2, Ziggy West-Hill (Wainui Beach) 3.
Y5 girls: Riley Lewis (Wainui) 1, Hannah O’Connor (Mak) 2, Sierra Blumfield (Mang) 3.
Y5 boys: Austin Fergus (Mak) 1, Kahu Waihi-Leach (Te Wharau) 2, Nathaniel Fearnley (Mang) 3.
Y6 girls: Chloe Kapene (Mak) 1, Jodiesha Kirkpatrick (Mak) 2, Jordis Anderson (Mang) 3.
Y6 boys: Tiopira Kirk (Kai) 1, Toby Morrison (Mak) 2, Logan Bruce (Mang) 3.

Schools: Mangapapa 129 points, 1; Makauri 83, 2; Central 33, 3.

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