Wellington Students Excel At National Cross Country

Photo courtesy of Wellington East Girls College

Three national titles and a series of top 20 finishes – the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Taupo on Saturday was a resounding success for Wellington athletes.  Maia Wilkinson from Wellington East Girls’ College has asserted her name as one to be monitored in the present and future after winning the Year 9 3000m individual title.  In a capital trifecta Wilkinson edged Edie Kozyniak of nearby St Catherine’s College by six seconds. Fellow Wellington East student Anna Bassett was third.

In 2017, Wellington College won nine medals at the National Secondary Schools Track & Field championships in Hastings. Wellington’s all-round excellence was reflected in the relay competitions with the Year 9 and junior boys claiming their respective six-man titles. The Year 9 Wellington team and their respective individual places were:

Alex Martin – 10th

Olaf Baker – 28th

Finlay Hagen – 53rd

Josh Hagen – 54th

Jack McLaughlin – 55th

Thomas White – 65th


The champion junior boys Wellington team consisted of:

Jack Julian – 12th

Felix Williamson – 13th

Lachlan Bruce – 27th

Eddy Martin – 28th

Louis Stanley – 40th

Archie Chandler – 43rd

Kirstie Rae from Wellington East Girls’ College produced a fine effort in the senior girls event to finish second behind overwhelming favourite and defending champion Hannah O’Connor. O’Connor, from Sacred Heart, New Plymouth, kicked away from the bunch from the outset and claimed the lead with Aimee Ferguson of Rototuna High School.  The latter fell away as Rae finished strongly claiming the silver medal 23 seconds behind the Taranaki champion.

It was a fine meet for Wellington Girls’ College who claimed two medals in relays. The trio of Jessica Hughes, Maia Holbert and Hannah Evett were second behind St Cuthbert’s College, Auckland in the Junior three person event while Rae, Tessa Hunt and  Pip Crowley trailed Baradene College and Wanganui Collegiate in the senior equivalent.


Individual Medalists

Senior Girls 4000m (132 competitors)

1 Hannah O’Connor (Sacred Heart Girls NP) 13:50

2 Kirstie Rae (Wellington East Girls) 14:13

3 Aimee Ferguson (Rototuna Senior High) 14:18


Junior Girls 3000m (100 competitors)

1 Isabella Richardson (St Cuthbert’s) 10:56

2 Maali Kyle-Ford (Wellington East Girls) 11:05

3 Maia Flint (Tauranga Girls) 11:08


Year 9 Girls 3000m (121 competitors)

1 Maia Wilkinson (Wellington East Girls) 11:12

2 Edie Kozyniak (St Catherine’s College) 11:18

3 Anna Bassett (Wellington East Girls) 11:25


Senior Boys 6000m (182 competitors)

1 Samuel Tanner (Bethlehem College) 19:02

2 Liam Back (Wanganui Collegiate) 19:10

3 Murdoch McIntyre (Westlake Boys) 19:18

Best Wellington Result: Max Karamanolis (St Patrick’s College, Wellington) – 10th


Junior Boys 4000m ((156 competitors)

1 Toby Saxby (Westlake Boys) 13:21

2 Mac Rowe (New Plymouth Boys) 13:41

3 Ben Ruscoe (Westlake Boys) 13:44

Best Wellington Result: William Anthony (Scots College) – 5th


Year 9 Boys 3000m (142 competitors)

1 Christian De Vaal (Macleans College) 9:57

2 Mathijs Wetzels (Hamilton Boys) 10:08

3 Joseph Morgan (Hamilton Boys) 10:13

Best Wellington Result: Jonah Seeds (Hutt International Boys’ School) – 7th


Article courtesy of College Sport Media