Max Press was a competitive swimmer but that purist was aborted recently in favour of athletics.
Nationally the Year 13 at St. Patrick’s College, Silverstream has run the second fastest time in the under-18 800m this year.
Two weeks ago at the Old Boys’ Cup he run a personal best and school record time of 1:56.09. Is the relative novice a National title contender?
“I would like to think so, but it’s hard to gauge where I am at. Though I have run the second fastest time this year there are people in my age group who have run quicker times than me,” Press admits.
Running quick at the McEvedy Shield on Tuesday is the immediate concern of Press. Silverstream was comprehensively beaten by Catholic rivals St Pats Town in the Old Boys’ Cup. However Press completed the 800/1500m double for the second time and is hopeful that Silverstream can put up a stern fight.
“We actually led at lunch time and you never know what can happen. Town have been strong at McEvedy and we showed we can compete with them.”
Flourishing at McEvedy has never been a problem for Press. In Year 10 he won the 800/1500m double as well as the javelin. Last year he won the 800/1500m double, but athletics hasn’t been without its challenges. In Year 11 Press suffered a serious stress fracture on the shin which forced him out of competition for a year.
“I was swimming at that time and came back from a met feeling real fit. I over extended myself running and injured my shin,” Press recalls.
“The hardest thing about being injured was watching others improve and having to start from scratch and build up my strength and endurance again.”
A week after McEvedy Press will compete at the Club Nationals. He is well and truly back.
Rathkeale College has fashioned a fine record in athletics recently. Sprinter Jonty Morrison represented New Zealand in 2015 and that same year broke three long-standing records at the college athletics day, the oldest of which dated back to 1973.
Middle distance runner Max Spencer and the versatile Gerard Hickey are also making a name for themselves. Both boys have been selected to compete for New Zealand at the Oceania Regional Championships in Tahiti in April.
Spencer had a history of competing in cross county and triathlon, but decided to take up track running after an encouraging display at his first National Championships.
“I was quite competitive. I finished ninth in the 1500m and was encouraged by John Quinn to continue,” Spencer recalls.
Last year Spencer won a silver medal at the National Championships in Timaru in the intermediate 1500m. He ran a personal best time but finished well-behind a formidable rival, Isaiah Priddey from Hamilton Boys’ High School.
“Priddey was the fastest runner at the whole meet. He is phenomenal and beat me by ten seconds. I am clueless as to how I will make that up, but I am working hard,” Spencer concedes (below).
Spencer is training five days a week and ran strongly at the recent Porritt Classic. He has been selected as a 5000m reserve and relay runner for Tahiti as well. Are those events possibilities to specialise in later?
“Not in the immediate future, but I am happy to run anything for New Zealand. I have been improving a lot in the 1500m and will continue to work hard.”
In 2015 Gerard Hickey was named the Wairarapa Junior Sportsman of the year. He competed in three events at the North Island secondary school championships, placing second in the junior high jump and fourth in the junior 1500m.
Hickey has been selected for the 400m, 800m, and high jump. He says he is honoured to represent his country especially after a long struggle with injury.
“I have had problems with plates in my lower back. This means I have spent more time on running this season as jumping applies more strain”.
Hickey has improved his running time by a few seconds and became strong in the 800m.
“I enjoy all disciplines, but running has been the focus lately.”
Hickey is coached by Nick Julian and John Quinn.
Commonwealth Youth Games representative Lucy Sheat (Marlborough Girls’ College) ran a lifetime best of 24.03 in taking victory in a quality women’s 200m field today at the Porritt Classic meeting in Hamilton.
The 16-year-old, who trains on a grass track in her native Blenheim, destroyed her previous best by 0.28 to secure an impressive win – albeit an agonising 0.03 shy of the Athletics New Zealand qualification standard for the World Junior Championships in Poland.
Behind, 17-year-old Olivia Eaton (New Plymouth Girls’ High School) trimmed 0.26 from her lifetime best to record 24.22 while the top three placings were rounded out by a third teenager World Youth Championships, semi-finalist Georgia Hulls (Havelock North High School) in 24.44.
Sheat was elated with a new lifetime best and says of her performance: “Everything is going to plan at the moment. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I didn’t quite get the qualifying for World Juniors which is a bit of a pain (note, she has the 100m qualifier) but there is still time to get that.”
The next stop for Sheat is an outing with a crack New Zealand Junior 4x100m squad in Canberra next week before she competes at the New Zealand Track & Field Championships in Dunedin early next month.
Earlier in a women's 100m field stocked with great depth, leading teenage talents Georgia Hulls (11.96) and recent New Plymouth Girls High School’s Zoe Hobbs (11.95) also both dipped below 12-seconds to take victory in heats one and two. In the final, Zoe finished third behind two senior athletes, Georgia fourth and Olivia fifth.
Alisha Gilchrist (Onslow College) won the Girls 1500m Dianne Rodger race in 4:41.61, ahead of Emerson Deverell (Cambridge High School) in second at 4:43.81 and Charli Miller (St Peter’s School) in third at 4:44.69.
James Uhlenberg (Sacred Heart College, Auckland) won the Boys 1500m Dick Quax race in 3.57.99, beating Theo Quax (Maclean’s College) in to second with 3.58.48 and Christian Condor (Wanganui Collegiate) in to third at 3.59.43.
Local athlete Isaiah Priddey (Hamilton Boys’ High School) easily won the Men’s 1500m run in a time of 3.52.12, 11 seconds faster than the second placed finisher.
Ryan Ballantyne (St Paul’s College) won the men's shot put, throwing a 6kg weight 17.94m, which was a new personal best. Maddison Wesche (Lynfield College) won the women’s shot put by over seven metres to second place, throwing the 3kg put 16.07m.
Opetini Dryden (Wanganui Collegiate) hurled the spear 55.20m to take out the boys’ competition in the mixed javelin secondary school event, whilst Caitlin Bonne (St Margret’s College) won the girls javelin in 43.70m.
Wanganui Collegiate and Auckland's Sacred Heart College won the girls' and boys' Nick Willis relays respectively.
Special mention to James Preston (Year 13 at Scots College 2015) who shaved 3 seconds off his personal best to win the 800m in 1.48.92 and qualify for the World Junior Championships.
In another fantastic achievement for a recent school athlete, Hayden Wilde (Year 13 at Trident High School 2015) won the two-day Coast to Coast race today.
You only get one chance to get your name in the record books at an event like this. Next year you may been too old, have changed schools, or below your best. There are some records here that should be very achievable, yet some are freakish!
If you are looking at beast mode, you can't go past Jacko Gill. His Intermediate Boys Shot record is 2 meters better than the senior record, with the same weight.
But perhaps the most interesting, is the intermeidate track record for the 400m. Vandermade and Wickes hold the 400m and 200m records respectively... But later in the year Fraser Wickes ran a 47s 400m ... that is 3 seconds faster then the current record. Did he not run the 400m that year? Or was his 400m at Nationals one of those freakish runs!
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Open A Underwood 10.70s Wellington College 2007
Under 14 F Tau 11.48s St Patrick's Town 2012
Under 15 M Tau 11.30s St Patrick's Town 2013
Under 16 J Brooks 11.10s St Patrick's Town 2007
Open M Karamanolis 4:04.31s St Patrick's Town 2014
Under 14 S Jessep 4:26.40s Wellington College 1985
Under 15 M Tannock 4:10.60s Rongotai 1989
Under 16 M Tannock 4:10.60s Rongotai 1989
Open A Underwood 22.00s Wellington College 2007
Under 14 F Tau 23.76s St Patrick's Town 2012
Under 15 S Ford 23.11s Wellington College 2013
Under 16 N Kalivati 22.50s Silverstream 2003
Open M Karamanolis 8:45.27s St Patrick's Town 2014
Under 14 D Lynch 9:48.24s Wellington College 2015
Under 16 S Jessep 9:10.90s Wellington College 1986
Open P Young 49.10s Wellington College 1993
Under 14 F Greaves 54.21s Silverstream 2010
Under 15 D Rogan 52.30s Wellington College 1989
Under 16 P Young 51.00s Wellington College 1992
Open P Young 1:55.20s Wellington College 1993
Under 14 B Mohamed 2:08.79s Rongotai 2010
Under 15 C Casey 2:02.00s Silverstream 2006
Under 16 M Press 1:58.74s Silverstream 2015
Open N Asofa-Solomona 53.60m Wellington College 2013
Under 14 N Asofa-Solomona 48.27m Wellington College 2010
Under 15 G Ahnau 47.73m St Patrick's Town 2014
Under 16 R Tinkle 52.33m Wellington College 2008
Open T Vodanovich 1.98m St Patrick's Town 2012
Under 14 A Cartmell-Gollan 1.72m Wellington College 2003
Under 15 I Letoa 1.78m Wellington College 2013
Under 16 C Sculley 1.87m Wellington College 2010
Open H Tumaalii 14.24s St Patrick's Town 2002
Open M Proctor 14.64s St Patrick's Town 2009
Under 14 T Kelly 11.80s St Patrick's Town 2003
Under 15 K Mitchell 14.00s Rongotai 1989
Under 16 N Kalivati 13.50s Silverstream 2003
Under 16 A Nyel 13.50s St Patrick's Town 2003
Open L Mahoney 63.48m Silverstream 1997
Under 14 J Alaimoana 46.32m St Patrick's Town 1989
Under 15 C Robinson 46.93m Wellington College 2015
Under 16 L Mahoney 54.05m Silverstream 1996
Open S Maitland 7.26m Wellington College 1976
Under 14 N Stirling 5.80m St Patrick's Town 2015
Under 15 J Wright 6.12m St Patrick's Town 1999
Under 16 S Paese 6.45m St Patrick's Town 2014
Open 43.30s Wellington College 2007
Under 14 48.06s St Patrick's Town 2012
Under 15 46.40s St Patrick's Town 2013
Under 16 45.00s Wellington College 2005
Open D Sanele 16.72m Wellington College 2005
Under 14 D To'o 14.42m Rongotai 2012
Under 15 D To'o 14.30m Rongotai 2013
Under 16 N Asofa-Solomona 15.39m Wellington College 2012
Open R Parkinson 14.00m Rongotai 1987
Under 14 S Paese 12.39m St Patrick's Town 2012
Under 15 S Skinnon 12.60m Wellington College 1991
Under 16 P Fitisemanu 12.95m St Patrick's Town 1994
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