College Sport Media:
“We pride ourselves on being gritty. We love courses with hills because there’s lots of hilly terrain on the North Shore. The course in Christchurch had lots of hills and turns which suited us.” Joseph Clark of Westlake Boys’ High School says when reflecting on the National Secondary School cross country champions held over the weekend.
Westlake achieved the seemingly impossible when they won all six team events, a feat never achieved previously. Captain Clark explains Westlake’s simple approach.
“If we saw a Sacred Heart or New Plymouth singlet we wanted to stay with them because we knew they were the leading contenders.”
This year was one of the biggest years in terms of competition, with close to 900 entrants from all over New Zealand. Westlake sent a 33-man squad.