Seventh heaven for Jindabyne Central

JINDABYNE Central School (JCS) has taken out honours at the Snowy Mountains District Cross Country Carnival for the seventh consecutive year.

More than 300 students from JCS, Cooma, Cooma North, Adaminaby, Berridale, Nimmitabel, Delegate, Numeralla, Dalgety, Bredbo, Jerangle and Bibbenluke and Bombala Public Schools competed at the carnival hosted by Nimmitabel Public School on Thursday.

While JCS boasted only one age champion, organisers used a scoring system based on the number of students competing for each school and their overall placing to determine the district champion.

Cooma North came second behind JCS while Berridale Public School was third.

Smaller schools including Numeralla, Bredbo, Jerangle, Dalgety, Nimmitabel and Adaminaby competed together under the title of Rivers.

Students were tested on the challenging course at Nimmitabel, facing steep inclines and the notorious Heartbreak Hill.

The rain held off for the younger competitors but it began to bucket down as the older runners hit the course.

"It was an awesome course, I really enjoyed it," Jack Fairfield-Smith, the winner of the 3km 12 and 13-year-old boys' event, said.

"I'll try my best at regionals and hope to make it to the state championships."

The top five competitors from each age group will represent the Snowy Mountains District at the regional carnival to be held in Nowra on Friday May 30.

JCS sports coordinator Greg Cox said he was proud of all his students' achievements.

"We're proud to hold the shield for the seventh time in a row," he said.

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