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Aston Wins Australian Schools Long, Second in Schools Sprint

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Victoria's Aston Key blew the field away today at Roseberg, site of the 2017 Australian Schools Orienteering Championships.  In tricky terrain that got the better of many, Aston dominated the Senior Boys class, winning by more than 5 minutes. Glenn James also did well to finish in 13th place.

Mason Arthur was best of the Junior Boys on a very tough course, placing 14th, while Serryn Eenjes had a top 10 result with 9th in Junior Girls.

The Schools Sprint at All Saints College was a great venue, with the course setter making the most of the small buildings and agricultural features of the campus.  Code checking was critical with 70 controls!  The public race drew well over 500 competitors, making it the most well attended midweek event in years (organisers take note - people love sprints); and most of them stayed to cheer on the Schools competitors.

In Senior Boys, Aston Key was second, beaten by just 5 seconds by Kiwi Kurtis Shuker. It was a good day for our Junior Boys too, with Jensen Key 4th and Mason Arthur 6th.  Serryn Eenjes was the highest placed of the girls, in 18th.

The Schools Relays arena was on a steep hillside, with a very tough spectator leg and finish chute which really tested stamina.  The courses featured open pine forest intersected with low spurs and incised gullies, along with scattered rock in open or lightly treed terrain. 

Again it was Aston Key with the strongest performance, finishing with the fastest time in Senior Boys and helping the team to 5th place.  An unfortunate mispunch for the Junior Boys dashed their hopes of a podium place, but there were some great individual performances.  the Junior Girls were 7th, with Serryn Eejnes again the fastest, and Amber Louw showing her potential with a strong run.

Tomorrow is a well earned rest day, before the weekend's feature events - the Australian Long Distance and Relay Champs.


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