The Aorangi Stadium in Timaru was the site for the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships. The same venue hosted the 2015 Nationals. The best of the South Island was in display and they didn't disappoint.
Lucy Sheat from Marlborough Girls College was the most high-profile athlete in the girls event and she was in commanding form. She won the Under-19 100, 200 and 400m titles, breaking records in the latter two events. In the 200m she ran 24.58s breaking a 16 year old record. The 400m record was even older. She won in 56.07s eclipsing the previous mark established in 1997!
Other records to tumble on the tack were the Under-14 girls 400m. Maia Broughton from Lincoln HS ran 57.10s in passing the time set by Izzy Neal last year. The Under-15 400m record also tumbled. Pieta Hansen from St. Andrew's College stormed home in 57.41s.
The only record in the field was achieved by Anna Skerrett from Southland Girls High School. She won the Under-14 shot put with a record throw of 11.87m.
Ella McCall - Gore High School, Under-15, 800 & 1500m.
Olivia Burnham - Villa Maria College, Under-15 80m Hurdles & high jump.
Anna Hayward - Craighead Diocesan School, Under-16, 200 & 400m.
Tegan Duffy - Villa Maria College, Under-16, 80, 300m, hurdles, long jump.
Caitlin Bonne - St Margaret's College, Under-16, Javelin & discus.
Adriana Mawhinney - Dunstan High School, Under-19, high jump & triple jump.
Emma Ryan - James Hargest High School, Under-19, shot put, discus, hammer.
Emma Symon - Rangiora High School, AWD, 100, 200, shot put, discus.
Christina Shepherd - St Andrew's College, AWD shot put, discus, javelin.
Middle distance runners were very much the standout among the boys competitors. Nick Moulai from St Bede's College was in particularly impressive form. In the Under-16 1500m he smashed his own record by eight seconds, dipping under four minutes, finishing with a time of 3:59.47s. His brother Tom won the Under-19 800m. In the 3000m Nick beat the previous record by eight seconds and his nearest rival by double that margin.
Mitchell Small from St Andrew's College won the Under-19 1500m in a record time of 3:57.57s and demolished the field by 27 seconds in the 3000m. Ryan Sutherland from Burnside High School achieved the rare feat of winning the Under-15 400, 800 and 1500m titles.
Jack East - Mt Aspiring College, Under-14, 200/400m.
James Coates - St Bede's College, Under-15, discus & shot put.
Nico Bowering - John McGlashan College, Under-15, 100/200m.
Sam King - Christ's College, Under-16, 200/400m
Bailey Cotton - Nayland College, Under-19, 100/200m.
Nic Murray - Christ's College, Under-19, hammer throw & javelin.
Jacob Lowson - Papanui High School, Under-16 AWD, 100, 200, 400m.
Wiremu Manahi - Allenvale School, Under-19 AWD, 200, 400m.
Regan Herbert - Papanui High School, Under-19 AWD, shot put and discus.
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