Finn Seeds from Hutt International Boys’ School has been untouchable in junior athletics this season. The Year 9 hasn’t suffered defeat in either the 800m or 1500m and in fact became so restless by his dominance he was grateful for the stern resistance he faced at the North Island Championships in Auckland over the weekend.
“I improved my PB in the 800m by two seconds. I was forced to by Jude Darby from North Harbour. He is a really tough competitor and pushed me all the way, Seeds says.
Finn's winning time was 2:05.06s. In the 1500m he defeated Derby by four seconds finishing with a time of 4:19.57s.
Improving times has been a major focus for Seeds this season. He says dropping under 2:10s for the 800m and 4:30s for the 1500m have been major milestones.
“My favourite victories this season were probably at the Hutt Zone’s where I dropped under those times and won by quite a lot.”
In the 800m he enjoyed a 13-second advantage over his nearest rival while in the 1500m he smashed the field by 21 seconds and broke the previous event record by 11 seconds.
At the Wellington Championships he ran ever quicker. He won the 800/1500m double in record times. In the 800m he ran 2:07.78s beating the previous record set by Max Press (St. Pats Silverstream) of 2:07:88s in 2013. In the 1500m he ran 4:20.18s, eclipsing Nic Pointon’s (Scots College) mark of 4:29:28s in 2010. Seeds beat teammate George Harrington by 24 seconds.
Seeds started running in Year 7 and running competitively in June last year. He previously played cricket, football and swimming. Running runs deep in the family. Seeds' father was a regional champion in the North West of England.
Seeds trains at the Trentham Harriers and Upper Hutt Athletics Clubs. He is coached by Wellington stalwarts Darryl Robinson and Don Dalgleish.
“I would like to thank my coaches and parents for their support. It’s been a great season. I will be working hard over the winter and hope to do well at the Nationals in December,” Seeds concludes.
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