CROSS COUNTRY 


LEVELS                                                                                                                    Years 7-13  

TERMS                                                                                                                      Terms 2 and 3  

COST

IMPORTANT DATES 2024

School Cross Country -  Friday April 12

Aoraki Cross Country - Tuesday 14 May, Ashbury Park, Timaru 

​​​​​​​Southern Cross Country - Sunday 26 May, Ashbury Park, Timaru

UNIFORM

Sports PE Top and Shorts, white socks and gymshoes

Teacher in Charge: Mr Andrew Jones - [email protected]

Craighead has a proud history of success and participation in athletics and developed a strong sense of 'team' in what is often perceived as an individual sport. Craighead is committed to facilitating opportunities for students to compete at a regional, South Island and national level in both athletics and cross country on an annual basis.

Craighead is focused on developing talent and participation working closely with the South Canterbury Amateur Athletics Club to provide coaching opportunities for those that wish to understand more about the different disciplines. Trainings are on Mondays from 4pm at the Stadium and begin in early September.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​2024 School Cross Country

·       Minor Runner up: Lauren Crawford

·       Minor Champion: Charlotte Fenn      Morgan  Cup

        Year 9 Runner up: Lily Crosbie

·       Year 9 Champion: Charlie Nichol      

         U16 Runner up: Ruby Mahuika

·       U16 Champion: Kayla Allington         

        U19 Runner up: Faith Coffin

·       U19 Champion: Lydia Giles                  Ian Maxwell Family Cup

The Kayla Cunningham Trophy for the Inter Sports Cross Country Challenge on behalf of Rowing is Annabel Talbot.

Overall Champion House: 1st Te Raki (17.5 points), 2nd Te Uru (16.5), 3rd Te Rawhiti (14), 4th Te Tonga (12)

2024 Aoraki Cross Country

On a bright and calm day, the Craighead Cross Country team began the secondary school season with a complete display in the annual Aoraki event held over the challenging Ashbury Park course in Timaru. With Craighead athletes winning all three races and the associated teams also gaining first place, Craighead continues to be the place to foster young athletes in the Aoraki region.

There were a number of exciting prospects on display in the junior grades to compliment those more experienced athletes on show. Charlie Nicol held off a charge from the Geraldine High School runner to win the Year 9 race, with Lily Crosbie finishing a creditable 5th place.

However, at the U16 level there is a cluster of athletes that dominated with Ruby Laming (Yr 11) , Kayla Allington (Yr 10) , Ruby Mahuika (Yr 10) and Brooke Thompson (Yr 10) placed first , second , third and fourth respectively, with Megan Alexander (Yr 10) placed seventh.

Completing the sweep was Lydia Giles (Yr 13) with a powerful sprint finish over the Roncalli runner and Faith Coffin (Yr 12) coming third. The key to a complete team performance is the ability to cluster places and with Marissa Shannon (Yr 13) finishing fifth and Emily Caird (Yr 12) eighth, the teams title was Craighead’s.

This was a great start to the season, with the team competing in the Southern Schools Cross Country on Sunday 26th May over the Ashbury Park course once again, before the team travels to Christchurch for the New Zealand Secondary School event on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June.