Wellington College have celebrated their 150th Anniversary by scoring a record breaking win at the famous McEvedy Shield athletics competition at Newtown Park today.
Bleak weather didn’t rain on Wellington’s parade as they won by a whopping 95 points, achieving their highest ever score and the third best in the history of the event which dates back to 1922.
Wellington won 31 of the 55 events contested, including a clean sweep of the 4x100m relays and the 1500m which equals 64 points, more than Rongotai’s entire total of 51 points.
Wellington won 19 of 31 events on the track and 12 of 24 events in the field.
Such a commanding victory resulted in plenty of individual highlights, but perhaps the most satisfying victory was by captain Liam Webb in the open 400-meters. After a tough tussle for two thirds of the race, Webb powered home to win his first individual title at McEvedy after a series of injures and near misses.
Harry Jones has had no such trouble with his body. He has the engine of a racehorse and won the 400/800m double in the under-15 age bracket as he did in 2016 in the under-14 age group. Lachlan Bruce achieved the same feat as Jones in the under-14’s this year.
It was a great day for the Robertson family with both Tim and Cam winning javelin titles. Youngest Tim beat Cam’s event record in the under-15’s by throwing 49.86m which was 13-meters further than his nearest rival. Cam won the under-16 contest by more than three meters.
The only other record broken was in the under-15 high jump. William Georgeson of St. Pats Town leapt 1.82m .
Rongotai only won three events, but captain Sen Chut did himself proud winning the open triple jump and fighting hard for second in the open 100m.
Town will take heart from the performance of Khya Wilson who won the 100/200m double in the under-15’s , but today was all about Black and Yellow.
Note: St. Pats Town scored 241 points in 1988 and Rongotai College 271.5 points in winning by 133 points in 1989.
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