The 2007 NSW State League series opened with the NSW Sprint Championships, held at CharlesSturt University, Wagga Wagga. Orienteers were greeted by unfamiliar wet and cold conditions, although the rain stopped just in time for the first runners. Competitors were treated to a mixture of technical buildings, small pathways and hidden passages through buildings, combined with some open grassland legs.
Julian Dent showed he’s recovered from the injury which kept him from last years WOC, winning the 2.9km M21A class in , 45 seconds ahead of Canberra’s Dave Shepherd; brothers Ben and Kerrin Rattray battled it out for 3rd and 4th, Ben slipping into 3rd in . The W21A class was much closer with Victoria’s Mace Neve taking her first elite title in , just two seconds ahead of Canberra’s Jo Allison with Anna Quayle in 3rd.
Results in other classes were just as exciting, with Alexander Stollznow taking out the M45A class by one second from Graeme Dawson, with Mark Darvodelsky just three seconds behind in 3rd. Lloyd Gledhill and Ian Hassall fought out in the M70A class, Lloyd prevailing by six seconds. Hilary Wood showed she’s in good form winning the W50A class by over three minutes from Julia Prudhoe.