Key, Neumann take National League middle distance

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Aston Key and Krystal Neumann took out today’s middle distance National Orienteering League races at Bunyip Reach, near Renmark in South Australia. Neumann was a comfortable winner, establishing a big lead early after her nearest rivals lost time early, and going on to a four-minute lead. Grace Crane edged out Asha Steer for second, with Olivia Sprod just behind. It was a closer affair in the men’s race with four within two minutes of the lead, but Key had his nose in front throughout and edged out Patrick Jaffe by 58 seconds, with Matt Doyle a single second further behind.

It was Key’s sixth race win of the season, giving him a solid lead in the individual standings, although Jaffe’s second keeps him in touch. Crane closed the gap to leader Olivia Sprod from 19 points to 8, while Neumann, still with a race in hand, is also in the mix. Victoria further extended their big lead in the men’s team competition, while they and the Southern Arrows moved clear of the rest of the field in the women’s.

Emily Sorensen, fresh from her Easter victory, impressed in W20 with a time which would have placed her second in the senior race, while David Stocks prevailed in a close race with Ryan Gray and Jensen Key in M20. The result further extends Sorensen’s National League lead, as well as strenghening the Arrows’ team dominance, while Ewan Shingler, absent this weekend, remains at the top of the junior men’s list. Victoria remain comfortable leaders of the team competition.

Results and splits are available. The competition continues with a mass-start long distance race tomorrow.