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2 April 2024 • Weekly Roundup

Weekly Round Up: 2 April

Catherine Lund was the highest individual finisher for New Zealand at the 2024 World Athletics Cross Country Championships. Credit: (Alisha Lovrich).


World Athletics Cross Country Championships, Friendship Park, Belgrade – 30 March 2024

Catherine Lund was the highest placed New Zealander at the World Cross Country Championships in Belgrade Serbia.

Lund, the national U20 champion, finished 35th in the U20 women’s 6km in 21:53. Combined with Zara Geddes, Boh Ritchie, Ava Sutherland and Poppy Martin New Zealand were 11th in the teams.

Marta Alemayo of Ethiopia won the junior women’s title in 19:28.

At the previous edition of the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Bathurst Australia Lund was 27th in the women’s U20 race.

Lund was happy with her placing.

“I started conservatively and tried to work my way through. I ran a stronger second half.

“I’m happy as the field is a lot deeper than when I finished in 27th last year,” she said.

Siena Mackley, a member of the U20 team, tested positive for Covid in the days before the race and was not permitted to start.

Georgie Grgec was a creditable 41st in the senior women’s 10km. Raced around Friendship Park, one of the largest in Belgrade overlooking the Sava and Danube Rivers, Grgec clocked 34:43. Annika Pfitzinger was the next Kiwi in 55th in 35:50. New Zealand were ninth in the team competition.

Grgec was delighted with her performance and that of the team.

“I went in trying to enjoy the experience. With the heat and tactics, I started conservatively but felt surprisingly good for the first 8km and then the wheels started to fall off in the last lap but I’m happy with my first World Cross Country.

“It’s great to have a full women’s team and crack the top ten in a global championship.”

Beatrice Chebet of Kenya defended the senior women’s title in 31:05, the first senior women to win back-to-back titles since Tirunesh Dibaba in 2006.

Matt Hill, the highest placed men’s U20 runner last year in Bathurst placing 38th, and again was the lead New Zealander in 48th. He was one place ahead of Elliott Pugh, just like last year when Pugh was 39th. New Zealand placed 12th in the team competition.

Hill from Tauranga said that his aim was to improve on last year.

“I wanted to do better than last year but in Europe it was always going to be more competitive. If you’d told me a couple of years ago, I’d be first Kiwi and disappointed, I’d be like what the heck.

“I’m happy but would’ve liked to have raced faster and better but that’s ok.”

Samuel Kibathi of Kenya won the men’s U20 title in 22:40.

With temperatures rising to 29C by the time of the start of the senior men’s 10km, William Little the sole New Zealander raced well to finish 64th in 30:44. Little was buoyed with the experience.

“I’m definitely proud of my first-time racing in the New Zealand singlet. I raced to my expectations – going out fast and held on well maintaining my position in the mid 60’s for the entire race and had some good guys around me.”

Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda retained the senior title in 28:09.


Senior men 10km: William Little 30:44 (64).

Senior women 10km: Georgie Grgec 34:43 (41), Annika Pfitzinger 35:50 (55), Anneke Arlidge 38:13 (68), Katherine Camp 38:45 (70), Caitlin McQuilkin-Bell 40:13 (71). Teams NZ (9).

U20 men 8km: Matt Hill 25:30 (48), Elliott Pugh 25:36 (49), Daniel Prescott 26:07 (66), George Wyllie 26:25 (71), Lorcan Rabbitte 26:28 (72), Azrael Cabusao 27:08 (81). Teams NZ (12).

U20 women 6km: Catherine Lund 21:53 (35), Zara Geddes 22:21 (44), Boh Ritchie 23:18 (62), Ava Sutherland 24:14 (73), Poppy Martin 24:30 (76). Teams NZ (11).

Don McGarey Invitational, State University, Kennesaw GA, 23 March
: Emma Ferguson 1500m 4:36.30 (1).

Raleigh Relays, Paul Derr TF Facility, Raleigh NC, 28 March: Zane Powell 1500m 3:48.75 (11RC), Sam Idiens 3:50.50 PB (6RK). Will Anthony 10,000m 28:21.93 PB (1), Toby Gualter 28:57.95 PB (21), Sam Waldin 29:23.09 PB (6RC). 29 March: Kimberley May 1500m 4:09.22 PB (2), now ranked number seven on NZ all-time list. Krystal Clark 4:24.77 PB (1RG), Tessa Hunt 4:29.01 (5RG). Hannah Gapes 5000m 15:58.69 (13). 30 March: Sam Idiens 800m 1:51.11 PB (1RI). Kiera Hall 800m 2:12.04 (8RH).

Bobcat Invitational, Track and Field Complex, San Marcos TX, 28 March: Josh Gill 5000m 15:01.47 PB (4).

Vince O’Boyle Track and Field Classic, UC, Irvine CA, 29 March: Maria Sartin 400m 57.33 (3), 400m H 1:02.06 (1).

Wartburg Good Friday Challenge, Waverly IA, 29 March: Centaine Noom-Duckworth HT 60.37m PB (2).

Wash U Distance Carnival, Washington University, St Louis MO, 29 March: James Corbett 1500m 3:52.66 PB (2RB). Angus Monro 5000m 15:09.20 PB (18RC). 30 March: James Corbett 800m 1:54.26 (1).

State Invitational, State University Kennesaw GA, 29 March: Emma Ferguson 1500m 4:29.62 PB (1).

96th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Mike A. Myers Stadium, Austin TX, 29 March: Tayla Brunger 100m 12.00 +3.0 (4RE). 30 March: Josie Taylor and Alice Taylor HJ 1.74m (5=), (1.74o, 1.79xxx).

Stanford Invitational, Cobb Track and Angell Field, Stanford CA, 29 March: James Harding 1500m 3:48.81 (5RD). Chris Devaney 5000m 13:54.27 (5). Colin Kirkpatrick 3000m steeplechase 9:00.73 (11RC). Annalies Kalma 400m 54.96 (3RB). Emma Douglass 1500m 4:44.43 (13RE). Bella Browne 3000m steeplechase 10:36.42 PB (15RB). Abbey Moody JT 41.76m (7). 30 March: James Harding 800m 1:51.36 (4RE). Annalies Kalma 200m 25.00 0.0 (4RC). Krystie Solomon 800m 2:07.08 (1RE), Emma Douglass 800m 2:08.41 (4RE).

Pepsi Florida Relays, University of Florida, Gainsville FL, 29 March: Isabella Richardson 5000m 17:22.04 (16). 30 March: Brianna Lee 400m 58.81 (5RD), 800m 2:11.39 (2RE).

Mike Fanelli Track Classic, San Francisco CA, 30 March: Craig Lautenslager 3000m steeplechase 9:16.23 PB (11).

Southwest Baptist Invitational, Bolivar MO, 30 March: Kayla Goodwin 100m H 15.61 -1.1 (3H1), JT 39.97m (10).

Sam Howell Invitational, Princeton NJ, 30 March: Nick Moulai 5000m 14:26.66 (9). Taonga Mbambo 10,000m 29:45.05 PB (3). Georgia-Rose Dawson 1500m 4:39.50 (6RB), Neve Moulai 1500m 4:47.31 (9RB).

The Big Hurt, St John’s, Jamaica NY, 30 March: Maddie Kelso-Heap 400m 59.31 (1).


Sydney Track Classic, E. S. Marks Athletics Field, Kensington Sydney, 23 March: A New Zealand team of Talia Van Rooyen (17), Jorja Gibbons (17), Kendra Scally (15) and Emilia Goldsmith (16) set a New Zealand U18 4 x 100m relay record of 46.15. This breaks Symone Tafuna’i, Brooke Somerfield, Lucy Sheat and Georgia Hulls record of 46.32 set in Sydney in March 2015.

Strive Programme, WA Sports Centre, Perth, 27 March: Nick Southgate PV 5.35m (1).

Albie Thomas Mile, The Crest Sporting Complex, Sydney, 28 March: Rebekah Aitkenhead mile 4:37.72 (6).

High Velocity Meeting, Campbelltown Athletics Centre, Sydney, 30 March: Liam Webb 200m 22.00 0.0 (6H1).

50th Anniversary Australian Masters Athletics Championships, Domain Athletic Centre, Hobart Tasmania, 29/31 March:

New Zealand results:

29 March; Joeline Jones W40 2nd in 60m 8.39 and in 100m 13.23 Vanessa Hodge W45 1st in 800 m in 2.32.41 Brenda Davis W50 3rd in hammer throw with 41.05m PB. Alison Newall W60 3rd in 1500m race walk with 9.59.40 and in long jump with 3.18m.

Annette Parlane W75 1st discus throw 20.32m and shot put 8.20m PB Noni Callander W75 2nd discus throw 19.28m and shot put 8.10m PB Margaret Crooke W75 3rd 60m 12.95 and 100m 22.18 and long jump 2.72m.

Ian Rattray M50 3rd high jump 1.48m and 800m 2.09.91 Mark Macfarlane M60 2nd 100m 13.55 3rd HJ 1.36m James Thomas M 65 1st high jump 1.42m and Hammer throw 40.34m and Shot put 12.10m Warren Green M70 2nd 100m 12.24 3rd 60m 9.72 Lester Laughton M70 3rd hammer throw 31.91m Jim Blair M90 2nd in discus throw 16.11m and shot put 6.36m.

30 March; Joeline Jones W40 2nd 200m 26.80. Annette Parlane W75. 1st hammer throw 29.06m, 2nd javelin throw 14.62m PB. Noni Callander W75 3rd hammer throw 22.36m. Warren Green M 70 3rd javelin throw 31.64m

Mark Macfarlane M60 1st Long Jump 4.48m. 2nd 200m 27.99. James Thomas M65. 1st discus throw 41.11m, 1st javelin throw 38.19m. Jim Blair M 90. 2nd hammer throw 17.84m, 1st javelin throw 18.43m. David Sexton M 50 3rd discus 34.48m. Laini Inivale M 55 1st shot put 13.55 PB (just 6 cm off NZ record set in 1990).

31 March: Joeline Jones W40 2nd in 400m with 1.01.90 PB. Vanessa Hodge W45 3rd in 400m with 1.04.26. Noni Callander W75 1st in weight throw with 10.58m PB. Annette Parlane W75 2nd in weight throw with 10.19m. Alison Newall W60 1st in outdoor pentathlon 2317 points. Mark Macfarlane M60 3rd in triple jump with 8.93m. Ian Rattray M50 1st in triple jump with 10.45m.  James Thomas 1st in weight pentathlon 3847 points PB. David Sexton M50 3rd in weight pentathlon 2477 points. Jim Blair M90 1st in weight pentathlon. 2513 points.

1 April: Dee Atkinson W50 3rd in 8 k cross country 38:53. Alison Newall W60 2nd in triple jump 6.32m. Margaret Crooke W75 2nd in triple jump 5.68m. Brenda Davis W50 3rd in weight throws pentathlon 2934 points. Annette Parlane W75 1st in weight throws pentathlon 3019 points, (PB in shot and javelin). Noni Callander 3rd in weight throws pentathlon 2785 points (PB in shot).

James Thomas M65 1st in weight throw 16.86m. Jim Blair M90 1st in weight throw 7.57m. Ian Rattray M50 1st in outdoor pentathlon 2790 points. Warren Green M70 3rd in outdoor pentathlon 2317 points.

National Under 23 Championships, Pilditch Stadium, Pretoria, 23 March
: Ethan Olivier U20 TJ 16.54m +1.0 (1). Welrè Olivier U23 TJ 16.28m 0.0 (1).

ASA Grand Prix, UJ Stadium, Johannesburg, 27 March: Ethan Olivier TJ 16.65m 0.0 (1). Welrè Olivier TJ 16.14m -0.1 (2).

18th Warsaw Half Marathon, Warszawa, 24 March
: Kirsten Van Dorp 1:24:20 PB (33).


ACA Invitational Meeting, Mt Smart Stadium – 27 March 2024

Tommy Te Puni 60m 6.87 +1.9, 100m 10.53 +3.1. Lisa Hellyer 800m 2:08.40, Sarah Hellyer 2:09.70, Poppy Healy 2:11.16, Amy Shennan 2:12.60. Stella Pearless 800m 2:08.78.

Sam Tanner 800m 1:48.60, James Ford 1:49.08, Luke Hitchcock 1:49.27, Thomas Cowan 1:49.27, Jack Paine 1:50.41 PB. Indie Williams 1500m 4:36.14 PB, Charo Heijnen 4:39.14, Ella Smart 4:39.75, Scarlett Robb 4:41.18, Amy Towers 4:43.23. Edward Nga HJ 1.75m.

Summer Throws Competition, and Pole Vault, AUT Millennium Stadium, North Shore – 30 March 2024

Arno van der Westhuizen 7.26kg HT 51.74m, masters 1.75kg DT 37.12m PB. Chung Oliver 5kg HT 41.00m, 1.5kg DT 20.80m PB. Savannah Scheen DT 50.64m.

Pole Vault Indoors: Elaine Zhai 3.60m, Milana Henderson 3.20m, Jessica Strick 3.20m, Eden Grundy 3.10m =PB. Charlie Cameron 4.55m.

Auckland Secondary Schools Athletic Championships, Mt Smart Stadium – 26 March 2024

Schools records to Kadin Taylor 100m 10.75 +2.0, Charles Howlett 300m H .838 39.31 PB, Rianco Haggard 100m H .838 13.15 +1.6, Sina-Maria Su’a 3kg SP 13.61m, 1kg DT 40.96m.

Emilia Goldsmith 100m 12.08 +0.5, Kendra Scally 100m 12.12 +1.8. Kate Borton 200m 25.40 +1.1, 400m 56.94. Imogen Barlow 800m 2:15.71, 1500m 4:40.78. Asha Edwards 3000m 10:06.74. Kadin Taylor 200m 21.31 +2.8. Noa King 400m 50.63. Charlie Richardson 800m 1:57.94, Timothy Wallace 1:58.13, Harrison Day 1:59.34 PB. Harry Witheridge 3000m 8:56.34 PB. Caleb Wagener 1500m 4:02.27, 3000m 8:26.73 PB. Redd Scampion 3000m 8:54.76 PB. Richie Trathen 3000m RW 14:02.30. Matthew Fleming LJ 6.43m +1.9 PB, Kaiden Warren 6.40m +1.6 PB, TJ 13.49m -2.2. Zhan Bowden LJ 6.40m +1.6 PB. Troy Maka 5kg SP 15.79m PB. Avah Sila 100m H .762 15.58 +2.0 PB, HJ 1.64m. Jordan Viljoen HJ 1.63m, Lauren Barrett-Hamilton 1.62m PB, TJ 10.91m -3.0. Paige Fletcher 3kg HT 54.61m PB. Karen-Elizabeth Maritz DT 45.53m, 500g JT 37.73m PB. Charlotte Goldsmith TJ 11.32m -1.2.


Waikato Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Athletic Championships, Tauranga Domain – 26 March 2024

Five records were set: Taylor Murdock J/G 200m 25.20 -0.3, Connor Wood J/B 300m 37.77, Casey Day J/G TJ 11.07m +0.5, Te Koha Kete-Kawhena J/G 3kg SP 12.67m, Addison Tuhakaraina J/G 500g JT 32.93m.

James Lowther 100m 11.16 +1.0. Fletcher van Heuven 400m 50.93 PB. Paul Steyn 110m H .914 15.42 +2.6, LJ 6.20m +1.0. Carter Taylor 300m H .840 44.84. David Mora 5kg SP 14.76m, 1.5kg DT 39.12m. Taylor Murdock J/G 100m 12.41 +2.8. Madeleine Waddell 400m 56.11. Holly Fausett 800m 2:12.34, 1500m 4:43.48. Eleanor Pugh 3000m 10:30.44. Bronwyn Rees-Jones 2000m St .762 7:47.25. Zarah Rattray 100m H .762 15.26 +1.1, 300m H 45.38, TJ 10.82m -2.9. Hayley Koppens 500g JT 36.77m. Hannah Hickson HJ 1.60m, Saskia Rhind 1.60m. Jamie Fell LJ 5.36m +0.1, TJ 10.35m -0.9. Kamaia Minhinnick 3kg SP 12.87m PB. Losaline Lose DT 44.92m, 3kg HT 46.60m.


College Sport Wellington Regional Athletics Championships, Newtown Park – 26 March 2024

Luke Jarvis 100m 11.37 -0.4, 200m 23.08 -0.9. Joe Martin 400m 51.14 PB. Hugo Jones HJ 2.03m, Samasoni Hewitt 1.99m, Rico Poutama 1.92m PB. Nelsson Tiumalu 5kg SP 13.84m. Xavior Sola 1.5kg DT 41.58m PB. Keagan Sharkey 700g JT 53.75m, George Gray 52.16m PB, Tristan Wagner 44.86m PB. Olivia McDowell 3000m 10:25.03 PB. Naomi Waite HJ 1.65m. Sienna Letoa-Tuala 3kg SP 12.20m PB. Mikayla Sola DT 41.92m PB. Rebecca Bailey 500g JT 39.06m PB.


Canterbury Secondary Schools Athletic Championships, Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub – 26 and 28 March 2024

Hunter Scott 100m 11.01 +2.8, 200m 22.11 +1.2 PB. Finn Hawkins 100m 11.38 +1.9. Henry Sevier 400m 51.42 PB. Harry Williamson 110m H .914 14.88 +2.2, 300m H .840 40.07, HJ 1.80m PB. Alfie Pask PV 3.30m PB, Otto Church 3.20m PB. Ari Keshariya TJ 13.29m -0.8. Bill Quigley 5kg HT 42.70m. Tyler Bratley 700g JT 53.76m.

Lily Morrison 100m 12.32 +3.0, 200m 25.45 +0.6 PB. Samantha Lascelles 400m 57.94 PB, 800m 2:14.61. Sophie Lampe 3000m 10:39.59. Jody McCarthy-Dempsey 100m H .762 14.72 +2.2, LJ 5.50m +2.1. Anna Gillett HJ 1.60m. Melenaite Havea 3kg SP 12.55m PB.


P Norty Distance Project, Invitational Meeting, Massey University Community Athletics Track – 29 March 2024

Benjamin Wall won the 1500m in 3:45.39 from George Varney who ran a PB 3:51.73. Noah Macdermid was next in 3:52.20 followed by Callum Stewart 3:57.34. Hirotaka Tanimoto clocked 9:04.41 over 3000m.



Fox Trot 5km, Viaduct Harbour, 26 March: Keith Burrows 17:20, Haoting Ma 17:37, Daniel Coates 17:43. Stella Tanner 20:39, Sophie Baillie 21:44, Christine Adamson 23:01.

Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 27 March: Andy Kilding 17:24, Cooper Waugh 19:28, Zac Williams 20:00. Helen Kilding 21:20.


Wellington Scottish Waterfront 5k #21, Oriental Bay, 26 March: Daniel Gardner 17:02, Max Kempthorne 18:16, Damien Grover 18:39. Maia Flint 18:27, Helen Lam 19:40, Caroline Mellsop 20:30.

Trentham 5km Series #5, Trentham Memorial Park, 26 March: Brian Garmonsway 16:12, Josh Jordan 16:24, Tom Strawbridge 16:42. Madeline Keown 19:25, Shar McDonald 22:04, Taylah Nightingale 23:17.


Honest Lawyer 5km Series #8, Monaco, 25 March: Patrick Fauth 17:42, Tony Phillips 19:20, Nick Lane 19:32. Robyn Deane 21:52.

Waimea 5km Series Berryfields course, Richmond, 27 March: Patrick Anderson 17:49, Curtis Moore 18:09, Micah Parker 18:43. Robyn Deane 22:02, Colette Read 22:19, Nicola Hodges 23:07.


57th Leith Harbour Free 5 and 10, 25 February: 10km; Ben Pigou 35:34, Hamish Dobson 38:50, Corey Lewis 39:44. Stephanie Wilson 40:43, Alice Cuthbert 40:52, Katie Smith 42:56. 5km; Colin McGinn 17:40, Sandor Toth 17:46, Aaron Eyles 17:59. Kirsty Eyles 19:31, Florence Reynolds 20:24, Aly Craigie 20:26.