(From left) Winner Emily Prudhoe (NSW), Lilian Burrill, 2nd of Warwick, and Jasmine Sunley 3rd after the sprint.
(From left) Winner Emily Prudhoe (NSW), Lilian Burrill, 2nd of Warwick, and Jasmine Sunley 3rd after the sprint. PETER EFFENEY

Orienteer in great form

WARWICK orienteer Lilian Burrill has returned from a National Orienteering League event, the Eureka Challenge, at Daylesford in Victoria with two second placings.

Burrill was second in the long distance hagaby race, which included three loops of the course.

All competitors started together and complete the three loops but not in the same order.

She also came second at the sprint distance over two kilometres.

Burrill competed in the World Junior Championships in Italy last year and is keen to make the same Australian team for the 2010 championships in Denmark.

She used the Eureka Challenge as part of her preparations for the Easter Three-day Event in Canberra, which is the selection event for the Australian team for the world championships.

Burrill said the severe hail storm, which hit Melbourne last weekend went through Daylesford near Ballarat, between events.

“We had hail damage on our rental car and had to pay an extra $400 even though it wasn’t our fault,” she said.

“The hail was golf ball size but didn’t stop any events.”

She said the event at Daylesford was the beginning of the orienteering season so we were after early season rankings.

“If I can maintain my form from the Eureka Challenge, hopefully I can make the Australian team again,” she said.

Burrill is planning to take some time off work next week to help out organisers of the Darling Downs School Orienteering Trials at Dalveen on Tuesday.

It will be a day with a difference for Burrill who competed in the past five trials while at Warwick High.



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