Today saw the commencement of the 2011 Australian Schools Orienteering Championships at Murraguldrie State Forest. Fine weather blessed the organisers and competitors for the Schools Individual race.
The Junior Boys race saw Callum Herries of New Zealand establish a winning time from virtually the beginning of the day and had to wait until the last starters finished to be finally knocked off the top and relegated to second place by Ashley Nankervis of Tasmania. Matt Doyle of Queensland took third place.
In the Junior Girls race Winnie Oakhill from Queensland claimed the win in front of Anna Dowling from Tasmania with Brianna Massie of New Zealand placing third.
The Senior Boys race had the JWOC representatives battle it out for the podium placings with Oliver Poland of ACT taking the win from Oscar McNulty WA and Ian Lawford ACT settling for third.
Highlight of the day was watching Heather Muir QLD dominate the Senior Girls race with such a commanding lead over the rest of the field. Heather won in a time of 52:56 nearly 9min clear of second place getter Selena Metherell NZ and Olivia Sprod SA stealing third place on the podium.
In the Asoc points table Tasmania are sititng currently on top with 24 points with NSW on 21 and ACT & Qld on 18points. In the Sourthen Cross challenge New Zealand are leading on 30points with Tasmania on 24 points and NSW currently on third with 21 points.