The athletics season culminated over the weekend with the North and South Island Secondary Schools championships. The North Island version was held in Auckland and there were several outstanding performances.
Hastings Georgia Hulls was undoubtedly the star performer of the entire meeting. She was the only quadruple winner capturing the senior 100, 200 and 400m titles as well as a relay gold. The National 100m champion didn't break any records, but her times were tidy. In the 400m she ran 57.03s. In the 200m she ran 24.65s and completed victory in the 100m with a time 12.18s which wasn't the fastest of the weekend. In the heat's of the intermediate 100m Gabriella Hayton ran a record 12 seconds flat. In the final she beat Kristen Clausen with a time of 12.22s. The finishing order was the same in the 200m decider.
In the Junior sprints Genna Maples completed the 100/200m double and was a member of the winning Wanganui relay team.
Other multiple winners were:
Charli Miller - Junior 1500 & 3000m.
Isabella Phanivong - Junior triple & long jump.
Kaia Tupu-South - Junior shot put & discus.
Tatiana Kaumoana - Intermediate shot put & discus.
Hannah O'Connor - Intermediate 1500 & 3000m.
Ashleigh Bennett - Senior long & triple jump.
Lisa Putt - Intermediate long jump, triple jump and 4x100.
The Records broken and not previously mentioned were:
Charli Miller - Junior 3000m, 10:06.59s (Previous Record: Hannah O’Connor, 10:10.64s, 2015)
Hannah O'Connor - Intermediate 3000m, 9:36.92s (Previous Record: O Jesson 9:59.35s, 1996)
Tanya Murray - Intermediate Javelin, 42.41m (Previous Record: Emma Fulbrook, 41.56m, 2013)
Maddison Wesche - Senior Shot Put, 15.66m (Previous Record: Diana Oloapu, 14.90m, 2015)
Mellata Tatola - Intermediate Hammer Throw, 52.77m (Previous Record: Emma Kruszona, 48.30m, 2013)
Libby Leikis - PARA 100m, 16.31s
In the boys event perhaps the performance of the weekend was that of Oliver Miller in the senior 400m. The St. Peter's College sprinter ran 48.55s to break the 36 year old record of Waikato's R. Aldridge.
Finn Seeds from Hutt International Boys' School capped his impressive season by winning the 800/1500m double while Nicholas Smith from Hutt Valley High School was another athletic to flourish from the capital. Smith won the 100/200m senior double.
Dominic Overend from Auckland and Jack Lewer from Manawatu were the only athletes to break two records each. Overend won the 80m hurdles in 11.03s and the long jump by leaping 6.40m. Lewer set new landmarks in the AWD shot put and discus. Ryan Ballantyne from St. Paul's Collegiate was in record breaking form. He threw 19.61m in the senior shot put becoming the first individual to pass the 19m barrier at the event.
Isaiah Priddey was fiercely challenged by Theo Quax (Son of Dick) in the senior 1500m, but cruised to a 12 second triumph in the 3000m.
Multiple winners included:
Zion Trigger-Faitele - Junior Shot Put & Discus
James Guthrie-Croft - Intermediate 100 & 200m
Max Spencer - Intermediate 800 & 1500m
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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