Friday, 7 February 2014

Ogden Does It Again

Matt Ogden is now two from two after another strong performance to win the Sprint the Bay knock out stage. Ogden once again was closely followed by Tim Robertson, just 5 seconds behind. Robertson and Ogden lead out early establishing a half minute lead before the first knock out section. Both runners showed that they were the all-round sprint orienteering package, mastering the fast open sections as well as the technical building areas.Third place was taken by Ogden's club mate Gene Beveridge with a well paced race to finish strongly, picking up two places in the last three controls. The women's field was spiced up a tad with the late inclusion of Amber Morrison to give this mornings winner Greta Knarston a work out. Knarston and Morrison, much like Ogden and Robertson, ran the most part of the course together until taking separate route choices on the second last control. Morrison picked the quicker route and powered home for a 5 second win over Knarston. Third spot was brought home by Czech runner Vendula Horicickova who adds another podium finish to her tally for the weekend, albeit 1.27 off the winning time.
Tomorrow mornings racing sees competitors put to the test on the tricky school campuses of Napier Girls High School and Sacred Heart College. This will be a test for all runners, where a totally clean run will be a great achievement.

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