School cyclists on top

Cambridge High School’s Sammi Ogle (left) battles for the lead against St Peter’s student Ellesse Andrews (right).

Cambridge Middle School’s Maui Morrison led the pack in his division of the Cycling New Zealand Schools National Road Championships in the Manawatu on Sunday, finishing in first in the under 13 boys’ final.

And the Waipa-champion dominance didn’t stop there, soon after St Peter’s School student Jack Carswell finished first in the under 15 boys’ race.

International track champion Ellesse Andrews, also a St Peter’s school student, was expected to be one of the top cyclists at the competition, but an outstanding performance from Baradene College’s Jenna Merrick enabled the Aucklander to sweep past Andrews to the finish in the under 20 girls’ race. Andrews finished second ahead of another Baradene student, Abigail Morton.

Two more local girls finished in second in their divisions, Maddi Douglas (Cambridge High) in the under 16 division, and Ally Wollaston of St Peters School in the under 17 class. And the under 14 boy’s race was rounded off with two more Cambridge cyclists, Matt Davis (Cambridge High School) and Brodie-Lees Hunter (Cambridge Middle School) in second and third respectively.

It was tough competition for the local cyclists in the three-day 50th annual competition, which drew almost 700 cyclists from 83 schools to the 18km circuit at Colyton, near Palmerston North.

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