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24 January 2022 • Track and Field

Weekly Round Up: 24 January

Tiaan competing at the 2022 Potts Track and Field Classic (Photo: Mark Roberts)

New Zealand Track & Field results


Potts Track and Field Classic, Athletics New Zealand 3000m Championship, Mitre 10 Sports Park, Hawke’s Bay – 22 January 2022
Sprinting came of age at this year’s Potts Classic with sensational record performances from Zoe Hobbs and Tiaan Whelpton.

Hobbs took advantage of the perfect conditions in the heats of the 100m improving on her New Zealand resident and national record with a clocking of 11.21 +1.7. She was equally impressive in the final of the 100m sweeping through in 11.14 from Georgia Hulls 11.43 and Rosie Elliott 11.51, however the following wind of 2.2mps was just over the allowable 2 metres for the time to be recognised as a record.

“I was so happy to get the record in the heat. It ticked that box going into the final. I then just wanted to refocus for the final and reinforce what I’d done in the heat. I have bigger goals and I wanted to qualify for worlds. To run 11.14 was bittersweet. A big aim is to run 11.15 (with a legal time) as that is the standard for worlds (World Championships) and Commonwealth Games (11.15 is the Athletics NZ B Performance standard) but I will take a national record,” said Hobbs.

Whelpton equalled Joseph Millar’s 2017 New Zealand resident record of 10.18 winning the 100m final with a following wind of 1.9mps. Personal bests were also recorded by Cody Wilson 10.60s and Zachary Saunders 10.70.

In the heats of the 100m Whelpton clocked 10.09 however the following wind of 3.8mps ruled out erasing Gus Nketia’s national record of 10.11 set at the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

Whelpton was pretty excited at his break-through in sprinting.

“I’ve been tracking well over the winter training and I’ve spoken to my coach and we both reckon that I could run these times and I sort of rocked up and looked at the conditions and thought that it was on today.

“And I even told a few people that I called it and I went out and did it, so pretty stoked. I’ve got to thank the organisers of the event, it’s a fantastic event, got to love Potts.

“I definitely think that the national record is on the cards, if I can get over to Australia, maybe with a quick track and some competition,” he said.

Next up for Whelpton is the Capital Classic, followed by the Sir Graeme Douglas, ITM and nationals.

“Then hopefully Covid provided I can get over to Aus and run some quick races over there against the quick fellas that they’ve got and maybe show them how it’s done.”

Olivia McTaggart improved 5cm on her best pole vault with a clearance of 4.60m, to post a second Commonwealth Games A standard mark.

“That 4.60m has been in the works for a long time and my training has been going well and to come out here today and get a PB at one of my favourite meets I’m super happy, but I know there is more to come,” said McTaggart.

Max Attwell and Ettiene Du Preez both cleared 4.45m in the pole vault.

Portia Bing won the 400m in emphatic style in a PB 52.78. Troy Middleton likewise ran a PB 49.61 to win the men’s 400m.

National 3000m titles went to Julian Oakley in 8:00.96 and Laura Nagel in 9:28.87. Eric Speakman was second yet again and 2020 champion Matthew Taylor was third. Personal bests to Penelope Salmon 9:30.09 and Brigid Dennehy 9:38.23 in the women’s 3000m.

The Sylvia Potts memorial women’s 800m went to Hastings athlete Holly Manning in 2:06.23 from twice previous winner Katherine Camp 2:07.47 and Jennifer Hauke 2:07.50.

James Preston national senior champion won the 800m in 1:48.38 from national junior champion James Harding 1:49.70.

Tatiana Kaumoana was out to a career best 53.75m in the discus and Natalia Rankin-Chitar had PBs of 14.46m in the shot put and 49.11m in the discus.

Lauren Bruce won the hammer with a throw of 71.38m and was second in the shot put with a PB 13.35m and third in the discus 49.40m.

Amy Robertson was faster than the meeting record of 13.86 in the 100m hurdles however her time of 13.75 was aided by a following wind of 2.5mps.

Mariah Ririnui won the long jump with 6.08m +3.0, also 6.05m +1.7 and Shay Veitch was out to 7.67m +2.4, also 7.54m +1.8.

Aaron Booth won the 110m hurdles in 15.26 +3.3, and the discus throw with a PB 44.63m and was out to 6.97m +1.9 for second in the long jump. Nick Palmer sent the shot out to his fifth best ever throw of 17.96m.

200m winners were Oliver Krijnen 22.29 +2.0 and Addira Collette 24.46 +3.2.

Meeting records set: Tiaan Whelpton 100m 10.18, Anthony Nobilo hammer throw 65.59m, Zoe Hobbs 100m 11.21, Portia Bing 400m 52.78.

Para-athlete Sionnan Murphy T37 added 19cm to her national U18, U19 and U20 discus F37 records with a best of 19.91m. She also competed in the 3kg shot put 7.06m.

Corran Hanning F12 6kg SP 11.18m, 1.75kg DT 36.50m.

Pre-Potts Classic Pole Vault, Mitre 10 Sports Park, Hawke’s Bay – 19 January 2022
Olivia McTaggart 4.45m, Imogen Ayris 4.45m, Isabella Murrell 3.45m. Reuben Vogel 4.20m, Joshua Woodhead4 3.90m.


McKinnon Shield Meeting #7, Mt Smart Stadium – 22 January 2022
Talia van Rooyen 100m 12.14 -3.0, 200m 25.23 -2.3 PB. Joanna Poland 800m 2:16.92, Charlotte Floodsmith-Ryan 2:20.45, Leila Daniels 2:21.86. Bella Earl 3000m 10:24.90, Holly Harding 10:45.69. Sophie Adams 300m H 0.762m 48.15, Amani Farry 48.42. Imogen Skelton HJ 1.77m. Paige Fletcher 3kg SP 11.25m, DT 33.38m. Te Rina Keenan DT 52.28m, Rina Maka DT 40.19m,

Hayato Yoneto 10m 10.92 +1.0 PB, Dominic Overend 11.03, 200m 22.40 -0.1, Ethan Bush 11.22 and 22.57. Kadin Taylor 200m 22.90. Flynn Marshall 800m 2:00.47. Tomas Barry 3000m 8:58.06, Nick Moore (48) 9:00.85. Thomas Wynne 300m H 0.838 41.76, HJ 1.90m PB. Kaelan Paranihi HJ 1.85m, LJ 6.31m +2.0. Blessing Sefo 6kg SP 15.88m PB, 1.75kg DT 36.69m. Percy Maka 1.5kg DT 46.12m. Matthew Wyatt 2kg DT 32.96m.

ASB Auckland Marathon, Victoria Park- 23 January 2022
Daniel Jones made it back to back wins in the annual 42.2km race through the streets of Devonport, Takapuna across the Harbour Bridge and out and back along Tamaki Drive. Jones’ strength and endurance in the hot conditions prevailed over the final 10km against a strong challenge over the first 30km from marathon rookie Cameron Graves. Jones finished seven minutes ahead of Graves in 2:20:02, nearly two minutes faster than last year. Ciaran Faherty was third in 2:31:09, Nathan Tse fourth in 2:32:14 and Jono Jackson fifth in 2:36:18. Jackson was second in 2015 and 2016.

Jones fresh from his 60km victory in last week’s Kepler Challenge said that he changed his race strategy mid-week.

“I’m actually racing the Tarawera Ultramarathon 102km in a few weeks and thought maybe I’d tempo it but with Omicron and you don’t know what races going to come up, so I changed up my strategy. When races are on you’ve got to go for it so yeah, I just raced hard,” said Jones. 

“I went out with Cam for the first few km’s and let him get 100, 200 metres on me and thankfully I was just able to control the pace and bring it back slowly.”

Lisa Cross who won the women’s title back in 2011 in 2:41:56 was back in action running a controlled race to win in 2:50:46. 2017 winner Hannah Oldroyd was second in 2:52:52, followed in by Ali Campbell 3:00:38, Maddie Dillon 3:02:35 and Emma Marriott 3:22:02.

“I would’ve liked to have beaten my 2011 time but its 10 years on and it’s a lot hotter, but I did everything I could. 

“I was just on my own the whole way so that made it tough,” said Cross.

Michael Voss second in the 2019 marathon won the half marathon in 1:07:25 from Christopher Dryden 1:09:24, Casey Thorby 1:10:00 and William Harris 1:11:42. 2019 national road champion Katrina Andrew won the women’s half in a PB 1:16:59 from Esther George 1:21:16, Karen Donaldson Barron 1:23:43 and Louisa Mann 1:28:57.

11km; Will Laery 38:58, Andrew Pointon 39:05, Ethan Verner 39:37. Katie Wyrill 45:28, Lauren Gowland 45:45, Charlotte Kerr 48:13.


Athletics Waikato Bay of Plenty Meeting, Porritt Stadium – 22 January 2022
Alessandra Macdonald 100m H 0.762m 15.16 -1.3, TJ 10.90m +0.4, 200m 25.6 +0.8. Wiremu Knowles 100m H 0.840 15.10 -1.6, TJ 11.93m +0.9.

Abby Goldie 100m 12.1 NWI. Annalies Kalma 200m 25.40 +0.8. Brooke Cull 400m 57.50, Chantal MacDonald 58.10. Eleanor Pugh 800m 2:20.5. Gurprett Singh 100m 1.3 NWI, 200m 22.8 +1.1. Alice Taylor 600g JT 31.37m PB, HJ 1.70m. Losaline Lose 3kg HT 41.46m. Nikau Chater 500g JT 30.30m PB.


Athletics Canterbury Meeting #10, Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub – 22 January 2022
Christina Ryan 100m H 14.92 +1.9, LJ 5.38m -0.2. Jared Neighbours 110m H 16.73 +1.9, SP 12.11m, DT 45.12m PB. Jordyn Blake 100m 12.36 -0.3, 200m 24.71 +0.1. Asher Pettengell-Brand 100m 11.25 -0.5, 200m 21.95 +1.0 PB.

Finlay Neale PV 3.60m PB. Eliza Meekings PV 3.30m. Holly Gray 80m H 12.73 -0.5. Joshua Price 110m H .914 U/18 15.93 +0.9. Adam Stack LJ 6.42m -2.2, James Sandilands 6.34 -1.5 PB, Levi Ferguson 6.29m -1.3.

Helena Dinnissen LJ 5.34m +0.3, TJ 11.20m 0.0. Caitlin Dore F37 3kg SP 8.43m. Logan Cowie 800m 1:55.16. George Guerin 1:58.71 also 58.71 also 3000m steeplechase 9:44.09 PB. Chloe Hughes 800m 2:17.36, Samantha Lascelle 2:19.86. Niamh Motley 2000m steeplechase 7:42.40 PB. Quinn Motley 1.75kg DT 42.77m. Mya Phillips DT 33.62m PB. Ethan Gow TJ 13.67m -1.3. Eva Pringle 3000m steeplechase 10:50.35. Beau Brackenridge 300m 0.838m H 41.14.

International Results


Bob Eubanks Open, Allendale MI, 15 January: Krystal Clark 800m 2:21.50 (4).

Washington Indoor Preview, Seattle WA, 15 January: Alison Andrews-Paul 800m 2:08.61 (1RA).

Corky Classic, Lubbock TX, 14 January: Welrè Olivier TJ 14.76m (5). Ben Collerton 60m H 8.47 (6H3), SP 12.15m (13). Leah Belfield 60m 7.61 (1).

Arkansas Invitational, Fayetteville AR, 14 January: Matt Walsh LJ 6.82m (6). Tamara Reeves mile 5:11.52 (9).

Akron Indoor Quad, Akron OH, 15 January: Toby Gualter mile 4:08.03 PB (1), 3000m 8:11.63 PB (2). Chris Devaney mile 4:20.76 PB (8), 3000m 8:33.50 (6).

Simmons Harvey Invite, Ann Abor MI, 15 January: James Uhlenberg mile 4:13.93 (17).

Commodore Indoor, Nashville TN, 15 January: Jack Elliott mile 4:17.95 (11).

UCM Invitational, Warrensburg MO, 21 January: Christopher Goodwin LJ 7.42m (1). Kayla Goodwin 60m H 9.14 (1), HJ 1.53m (5), SP 10.10m (11).

Lumberjack Challenge, Flagstaff AZ, 21 January: Theo Quax 800m 1:55.66 (7), mile 4:16.41 (8).


Houston Half Marathon, Houston TX, 16 January: Hannah Miller 1:12:41 PB (19).

Naples FL Half Marathon, 16 January: Craig Lautenslager 1:07:49 PB (5).


Surballe Indoor Games, Norrkoping, 6 January: Tim Robertson 3000m 8:29.71 (1).

Orebro Indoor Games, Orebro, 15/16 January: Tim Robertson 1500m 3:56.24 PB (2), 3000m 8:18.16 PB (1).


Indoor Meeting Lyon, 21 January: Hamish Carson 3000m 7:57.82 (3).


Athletics Victoria Shield League, Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park Melbourne, 15 January: Rebekah Greene 800m 2:05.5 h (1).

VMC #3, Melbourne, 20 January: Brad Mathas 1500m 3:46.08 (1), Steven Langdon 1500m 3:58.73 (12RC). Rebekah Greene 1500m 4:17.19 (2).

Road and Trail Races Around the Country

Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 19 January: Ryan Williams 17:18, Logan Horsford 19:04, Gavin Butler 19:33. Jacqueline Kemp 22:59.

YMCA 10km Series, Auckland Domain 20 January: Haydn Gray 40:58.

Mount Run, Pilot Bay, 22 January: Half marathon; Hayden Wilde 1:14:36, Toby Batchelor 1:14:53, Iain Macdonald 1:16:01, Jake Wilkinson 1:17:20. Alice Mason 1:23:57, Ady McKenzie 1:28:17, Jasmine Finney 1:31:00. 10km; Matt Hill 37:03, Mike Winstanley 38:50, Tyler Jerram 38:58. 5km; Liam Good 18:50, Jack Mason 19:08, Tom Currie 19:59. Natalie Hardaker 21:38, Tracy Xu 21:57.

The Goat Adventure 20km Run, 22 January: Ryan Carr 2:02:18, Calum Sutherland 2:09:16, Tommy Hayes 2:11:43. Maia Flint 2:37:48, Hannah Lund 2:39:36, Kate Morrison 2:43:36.

Kapiti Summer 5km Series #7, Raumati, 17 January:  Jonathan Armstrong 18:33, Luke Anderson 18:57, Alvig Busa 19:07. Lucy Lawlor 20:04.

Shoe Clinic Asics 5km Series #1, Hagley Park, 18 January: Corban Straker 15:25, Jack Staples 15:41, Alex Kelliher 16:14. Andrea Hansen 16:46, Hannah Oldroyd 17:20, Brea Roderick 17:51.