14 Tuesday July 4 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SOUTHERN VIEW Cross-country athletes make NZ team • By Andrew King CASHMERE HIGH students Connor Melton and Liliana Braun have been selected for the New Zealand secondary schools cross-country team to compete in Hobart in August. Melton and Braun competed in the New Zealand secondary schools cross-country championships, held in Christchurch on June 17-18, and will now test their skills against international competition. Both Braun and Melton said it was their goal to be chosen to run for their country. Said Braun: “I am very excited and looking forward to meeting others from around New Zealand who are in the team. I • By Andrew King A NERVOUS wait has given way to jubilation for Cashmere High’s first XI football players as they found out yesterday they will be heading to nationals. Cashmere, along with Lincoln High, St Andrew’s College and St Thomas, will compete against the best 32 teams in the country at the national tournament in Napier in September. It was touch and go for Cashmere, who were pushed out of the top four last week after a 3-2 loss to St Thomas, but the school was told on Monday that in spite of that, they have qualified. am interested to see how I will go against a larger field, as I’ve only ever raced against New Zealanders before.” Said Melton: “After missing out in previous years, making this team in my last year of high school is a big achievement for me.” Cashmere High sports director Michael Jones said the school is proud of their students selection. “Connor has been a great representative of the school at running events throughout his time at Cashmere and it is great to see his hard work rewarded. Liliana has been shining since she arrived in year 9 and continues to do great things with her running. She is a truly dedicated and talented athlete,” he said. Melton said for the past four months he has been training and racing six times a week, specifically to peak for nationals, where the national team gets selected from. Braun said she has also been putting in the hard yards with five runs a week and a day dedicated to biking. “I was pleased that all the training has paid off,” Braun said. HARD WORK: Lilliana Braun (front) has been selected for the New Zealand secondary schools cross-country team to compete in Hobart in August. PHOTO: CASHMERE HIGH SCHOOL Coach Craig Squire said the players were distraught after the loss, but that has all changed now they know they have made it. “This means a lot to this team. We have been to the past six national tournaments in a row and getting there again was a definite goal for us,” he said. He said it will take a bit of pressure off his side and hopefully let them concentrate on the football. “Now we need to get back on the horse. I was proud of the effort the boys made to stay in the game last week. However, we need to show more desire and be hungry for the ball with more passion,” he said. Burnside High will be disappointed, Squire said. They now have to apply for a wildcard position, in spite of being in fourth spot while Cashmere are in fifth. Cashmere takes on Papanui at the Christchurch Football Centre tomorrow afternoon at 4pm in round 10 of the Connetics first XI football competition. Points St Andrew’s, 18pts, 1; St Thomas, 18pts, 2; Lincoln, 17pts, 3; Burnside, 17pts, 4; Cashmere, 16pts, 5; Shirley, 13pts, 6; St Bede’s, 13pts,7; CBHS, 12pts, 8; Riccarton, 11pts, 9; Middleton, 8pts, 10; Papanui, 6pts, 11; Christ’s, 4pts, 12; Rangiora, 3pts, 13 SPORTS Cashmere scrape into national first XI tournament Craig Squire THEY’RE IN: Cashmere have qualified for the national schools tournament, which will be held in Napier from September 4-8.
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