Photos: Delly Carr/AusTriathlon

By Kent Gray/ in Devonport
New Zealand has capped a memorable Oceania Sprint and Relay Championships in Devonport with the silver medal in Sunday’s Mixed Team Relay.

The NZL A quartet of Saxon Morgan, Brea Roderick, Trent Thorpe and Eva Goodisson crossed the line third in Tasmania behind Australia 1 and Australia 3 but only the top teams were eligible for the medals.

That saw the Kiwis promoted to second to complete a medal haul highlighted by Dylan McCullough’s double elite and U23 gold in Saturday’s individual men’s sprint and Brea Roderick’s U23 gold and elite silver in the women’s race.

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Morgan gave as good as he got from Aussie 1 lead-out Luke Willian to cap an impressive weekend in Devonport marked by his standout 5th place in the men’s sprint.

Roderick then tagged Thorpe in second place, a position Thorpe held all the way to tagging NZL A anchor Goodisson. Goodisson swam and cycled strongly but coming back from a back injury was always going to struggle to catch Aussie 1 anchor Jaz Hedgeland, the freshly minted Oceania Sprint champion.

Aussie 3 anchor Jess Ewart-McTigue also ran down the Kiwi but there are positive signs for Goodisson after her drama-filled 7th in Saturday’s race and solid leg in the MTR.

The NZL 2 quartet of Ben Airey, Sarah McClure, Henry McMecking and Olivia Cummings finished 6th while the NZL 3 team of Lachlan Haycock, Hannah Howell, Gus Marfell and Charlotte Brown were 9th overall.

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