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Thursday, 17 August 2017

2017 Wellington Secondary Schools Road Race Trentham Memorial Park Upper Hutt Wed 16 Aug

AWD 1.5km

Isiah Kouka-Albert (Heretaunga College) crossed the line first in the AWD race, after outsmarting the dog


This event is the last of 3 annual races aimed at high school age runners.  The first two were cross country while today’s event, the last, is nominally a road race. 

There should actually be 4 events, but the road relay champs scheduled for 2 August was cancelled because of low entries.

The course for the road champs is pretty basic and takes runners around the sealed path that goes around the perimeter of the main park area. 

The start and finish areas are next to the Trentham United clubrooms.

Distances were 3km, 4km and 6km. AWD competitors did 1.5km.

The closest race of the day was between the Junior Girls (Year 9 and under).  A large leading group mostly stuck together for two of the three laps but on the last lap this had whittled down to two. 

So over the last 1km the battle was between Jessica Hughes (Wellington East College) and Katelyn Sceats (Chilton St James College).  

A betting person may have picked Hughes to win but it was the diminutive Sceats who came through to win by 1 second. 

So if you have never heard of Katelyn Sceats then you have now.

In the other grades the winners are well known with a good record of successes at both a local and national level. 

Junior Girls 3km 

Katelyn Sceats (Chilton St James School) winner of Junior Girls race

Happy Tawa College 1

Junior Boys 3km 

Will Anthony (Scots College) easily won the Junior Boys race

Intermediate Girls 3km

Happy Tawa College 2

Esther Kozyniak (St Catherine's College) on the right finished 16 seconds ahead of Lucy Hegan (Wellington Girls College)

Intermediate Boys 4km

Finn Seeds (Hutt International Boys School) dominated the field to win 

Man on bike making GoPro doco 

Probably needs a 3 axis gimbal 

The tailenders have the benefit of taking in the scenery

Senior Girls 4km

Following the leader 

Kirsty Rae (Wellington East Girls College) went on to win

Senior Boys 6km

Toby Gualter (Tawa College) ran out for roughly two of the four 1,5km laps. 

The danger men

Seamus Kane (Onslow College) makes his break on the last lap

Dylan Lynch (left) picked up 2nd place with Jack Marshall 3rd. Both Wellington College