Orienteer Bryan Keely. Picture: STEVE BIRD

EXPERIENCED orienteer Bryan Keely has been on course for Australia at the world university titles in the Czech Republic this week.

The La Trobe Bendigo outdoor education student was part of the four-member team that finished 19th in the mixed sprint relay on Tuesday, clocking the 11th fastest time on the second leg of the race.

Keely was 48th in the 12.4km long distance event on Wednesday, then claimed 34th place in the individual sprint on Thursday.

The Bendigo Orienteers club member is one of Australia’s leading athletes in the sport, representing his country at senior and junior level. This is his third world university championships.

Keely was due to contest the 6.9km middle distance event on Friday, before the final relay and closing ceremony on Saturday.

On the home front, several juniors achieved excellent results at the Victorian schools mountain bike orienteering championships.

Bendigo Senior Secondary College pair Nick Cherry and Tom Floyd teamed up to take out the senior boys’ pairs title last Friday, completing their course 25 minutes ahead of their nearest rivals.

Lachlan Cherry and Daniel Stubs from Creek Street Christian College were third.

Other locals included Bronte Annand-Reece Harris (BSSC, third mixed pairs), Glenn James (Woodleigh), Sam Muste-Hugh Beaton (BSSC), Thomas Wigney (Crusoe College), Jack Wigney (Maiden Gully) and Lachie Atherton (BSSC).

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