The 2017 New Zealand Combined Events Athletics Championships were held at a blustery Caledonian Ground in Dunedin over this past weekend, featuring a core group of Otago and Southland athletes as well as a contingent from around the country.
In the U18 events, Kayla Goodwin (Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Hamilton) won the first six of the seven heptathlon events to build up a large lead and ran a solid final event the 800m to win with 4752 points well clear of Aucklanders Hayley Marx (Pukekohe High School) and Cara Lonergan (Rangitoto College).
Kayla continued her strong form from last December’s NZSS Athletics Championships when she won the Junior Girls long Jump, the 80m hurdles and the triple jump events and was second in the 300m hurdles.
Cameron Miller (Otago Boys’ High School) provided Otago with a home winner in the U18 decathlon, scoring 5691 points, ahead of Matthew Aucamp (Elim Christian College) and Jared Neighbours (Papanui High School)
Going into the final event in the U18 Cameron was in third 55 points behind leader Jared and 46 behind Matthew. But a 4:30.59 1500m saw Cameron safely through for the title.
The U20 championship titles went to Otago's Felix McDonald (decathlon) on 6062 points and Auckland’s Alex Hyland (heptathlon) 4535 points. Last year’s NZSS senior girls high jump champion out of Onehunga College, Alex won the 100m hurdles, high jump, 200m, long jump and 800m events to finish ahead of Lexi Maples (Wanganui) and Andrea McDowell (Southland).
Sarah Langsbury (St Hilda’s Collegiate) won the non-championship U16 heptathlon with 3560 and
Shaun Wood (Central Southland College) the non-championship U16 octathlon with 3546.
Full results at: http://athnz.sportstg.com/Results/nzce2015/
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