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St Kents dominate at national cycling champs 

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Ruby Spring, Liv Rooney, Izzy Bannister, Dorothy Anderson and Maddie Ballard won the senior girls time trial title for St Kents for the first time in 10 years. 

Saint Kentigern College had overwhelming success at the National Schools Road Cycling Championships during the school holidays.

The three-day event was held in Palmerston North from September 23.

The east Auckland college came away with six gold, two silver and two bronze medals over the three categories – team time trial, road race and points race.

In the team time trial on day one, the junior boys were down to three riders and narrowly missed out on a gold medal by a few seconds.

The junior girls held off Diocesan School for Girls by 20 seconds to secure their gold medal.

St Kents came away with six gold medals over the three-day event.

Meanwhile the senior girls were determined to reverse their result from last year, where they lost by .02 of a second.

The senior girls smashed their opposition by 45 seconds, making it their first time winning the title in 10 years.

Day two and three of the championships saw the individual road race and points race events around Manfeild racetrack, with some outstanding racing in testing weather conditions.

Sophie Archer, Dorothy Anderson and Hunter Dalton each won gold in their road race events.

Archer completed a clean sweep, winning gold in the points race also.

Saint Kentigern College National Schools Road Championships results 

Team time trial 

Gold – Ruby Spring, Liv Rooney, Izzy Bannister, Dorothy Anderson, Maddie Ballard (Senior Girls)

Gold – Holly Bishop, Ava van Rij, Sophie Archer (Junior Girls)

Silver – Ben Archer, Alex Bishop, Hunter Ballard (Junior Boys)

Road race 

Gold – Sophie Archer (U14 Girls)

Gold – Dorothy Anderson (U16 Girls)

Gold – Hunter Dalton (U17 Boys)

Bronze – Ben Archer (U16 Boys)

Points race 

Gold – Sophie Archer (U14 Girls)

Silver – Dorothy Anderson (U16 Girls)

Bronze – Hunter Dalton (U17 Boys)

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