Waitaki Boys’ High School sent a group of 13 riders to the annual South Island Secondary Schools Motocross Championships at Pleasant Point on Saturday – recording a string of top ten finishes.
Joel Meikle was the standout performer of the day, placing first in the 17-years-and-over 250ccMX section before recording the fastest lap time across all grades.
Meikle also played an integral role in the WBHS Red team’s second place finish along with Ryan Mason and Gus Gibson – the trio narrowly missed out on gold by one point.
Jaron Fraser was also in inspiring form, taking first place in the 17-years-and-over Farmbike category, while Jed McLay picked up silver in the 11-13 Farmbike age-group.
In the 14-16 years Farmbike section Scott Hawkins and Brad Hawkins finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Waitaki produced seven more top 10 finishes with Ryan Mason placing fifth in the 14-16 years 250cc MX, Lane McLachlan taking sixth in the 12-16 years 125cc MX, Dean Boyes managing seventh in the 17-and-over 250cc MX, Gus Gibson, Allen Swann and Harry Davis finishing seventh, ninth and tenth respectively in the 14-16 years Farmbike section, while Josh Caldwell mustered tenth place in the 17-years-and-over 250cc MX race.
Waitaki Boys’ sports coordinator Paula Symes praised the students’ efforts and thanked the supporters for their contributions.
“Waitaki Boys’ are very proud of our Motocross teams’ efforts at the South Islands on Saturday,” she said.
“The results are pretty fantastic.
” A massive thank you to the parents that made the trip through to support their boys and a special mention to parents Justin Meikle and Peter Mason who along with their sons Joel and Ryan were a huge help to the less experienced riders in the team.”
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Joel Meikle at the South Island Secondary Schools Motocross Championships.