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31 January 2023 • Weekly Roundup

Weekly Round Up: 31 January

Shot put ace Tom Walsh opened his campaign in style with a winning distance of 21.09m at the Pak’nSave Cooks Classic. (Photo: Peter Jones)

New Zealand Track & Field results


Athletics Waikato Bay of Plenty Meeting, Porritt Stadium – 28 January 2023
Teeka Randell 100m 12.68 -0.6, 400m 59.13. Holly Fausett 400m 59.56 PB, 300m H .762 48.02. Alessandra Macdonald 400m H .762 64.99.

Owen Lamb 100m 11.03 +1.1, James Robertson 11.25, Kurt Sweeney 11.39, LJ 6.30m 0.0. Jacob Priddey 800m 1:58.18, Louie Endres 1:59.20, Fionn Cullinane 1:59.98.

Melelosaline Lose DT 38.43m, 3kg SP 12.21m.


Pak‘nSave Cooks Classic Meeting, Cooks Gardens – 28 January 2023
Incorporating the New Zealand Senior and U20 mile championship.

The sub-four-minute mile tradition continues at the iconic Cooks Gardens with a further four added to the impressive list after Sam Tanner set the New Zealand mile championship alight with a lap to go.

James Hercus set the pace to 600m and Eric Speakman kept it honest over the next lap-and-a-half, before Tanner set sail with Australian Callum Davies in toe. The 22-year-old Tanner was all class over the final 300m, clocking a personal best 3:54.56. Davies was second in 3:56.06 and compatriot Jude Thomas third in 3:58.29 both career best times. Interest then centered on James Preston as to whether he would dip under the barrier. He stuck to the task and finished fourth in 3:59.44 to become the 47th member of the New Zealand sub-four club, chalking up the 75th sub-four clocking in Whanganui. It is the third sub-four for Tanner at Cooks Gardens (and fifth in total) after finishing second to Rorey Hunter of Australia in 3:58.41 in 2019 and winning the national title in 2021 in 3:54.97.

A string of PB’s followed Speakman in fifth in 4:03.07, Karsen Vesty 4:04.24, Jack Paine 4:05.12, William Johnston 4:06.11 and Christian De Vaal 4:06.21.

Rebekah Greene set a New Zealand resident record of 4:32.92 in collecting the national women’s mile title. Georgia Griffith of Australia won in a meeting record 4:30.26 and fellow Australian Sarah Billings was third in a PB 4:32.30. Anne Audain has held the record for 40 years after running 4:33.93 in Christchurch on 15 January 1983.

Alfie Steedman (15) won the national U20 title in 4:09.96, from Elliott Pugh 4:11.02 and Callum Murray 4:13.55 all personal bests. Boh Ritchie added another national title to her impressive record winning the women’s U20 crown in 4:49.07. Steedman is now New Zealand’s fastest ever U17 and U16 miler.

In the masters mile, Sally Gibbs (59) timed at 5:36.29 was under Meghann Stewart’s 2019 New Zealand masters W55 record of 5:41.71.

A World Heritage Plaque, which was unveiled during the day by Rod Dixon and President Karen Gillum-Green, was bestowed by World Athletics to jointly commemorate the 60th anniversary of the world mile record set by Sir Peter Snell and to recognise the historic Cooks Gardens venue.

Tom Walsh was just two centimetres shy of Jacko Gill’s meeting record in the shot put, throwing 21.09m. Hamish Kerr was unable to improve on his meeting high jump record of 2.28m, clearing 2.22m.

Tommy Te Puni clocked a PB 200m of 21.16 and Fergus McLeay claimed the 100m in 10.73 and the 400m in a PB 48.42. Rosie Elliott struck good form in the women’s 400m, recording a PB of 52.16. Portia Bing won the 200m in 24.14 and an hour later was second in the 400m in 53.50. Chayille Collette won the 100m in 11.74 and was second in the 200m in 24.27. Michael Dawson and Angela Jukes took the 800m honours.

Career bests went to 400m hurdlers Jonathan Maples with 54.33 and Grace Wisnewski 62.49. Lauren Bruce, who holds the meeting hammer record of 72.05m, threw 65.98m. Imogen Skelton upstaged Keeley O’Hagan in the high jump with a height of 1.82m. Scott and Anna Thomson won their respective triple jumps in 14.16m and 12.33m. The long jumps went to Brendon Barnett 6.91m and Hannah Sandilands 5.82m.


100m: Fergus McLeay (Dunedin) 10.73s 1, Joseph Millar (Tauranga) 10.83s 2, Ben Lambert (Paraparaumu) 10.86s 3.

200m: Tommy Te Puni (North Harbour Bays) 21.16s PB 1, Zachary Saunders (Pakuranga) 21.62s 2, Troy Middleton (Waitakere) 21.92s 3.

400m: McLeay 48.42s PB 1, Max Attwell (Christchurch) 48.82s 2, James Ford (Takapuna) 49.25s 3.

800m: Michael Dawson (Auckland) 1m 53.20s 1, Alex Martin (Karori) 1m 55.61s 2, Luca Evett (Wellington) 1m 55.83s 3.

One mile New Zealand championship: Sam Tanner (Tauranga) 3m 54.56s PB 1, Callum Davies (Australia) 3m 56.06s PB 2, Jude Thomas (Australia) 3m 58.29s PB 3, James Preston (Wellington) 3m 59.44s PB 4. Eric Speakman (Napier) 4m 03.07 5.

One mile New Zealand U20 championship: Alfie Steedman (North Harbour Bays) 4m 9.96s PB 1, Elliott Pugh (Tauranga) 4m 11.02s PB 2, Callum Murray (Tauranga) 4m 13.55s PB 3.

400m hurdles: Jonathan Maples (Whanganui) 54.33s PB 1, Cameron Moffitt (Dunedin) 55.48s PB 2, James Hansen (Marlborough) 56.60s 3.
Shot put: Tom Walsh (Sth Canterbury) 21.09m 1, Nick Palmer (Hastings) 18.83m 2, Liam Ngchok-Wulf (Papakura) 17.24m PB 3.

Javelin throw: Felise Vaha’i Sosaia (France) 64.55m 1, Douw Botes (Papakura) 58.06m PB 2, Jared Neighbours (Christchurch) 56.49m 3.

Long jump: Brendon Barnett (Auckland City Athletic) 6.91m 1, Lewis Arthur (NHB) 6.86m 2, Cameron Moffitt (Dunedin) 6.83m 3.

Triple jump: Scott Thomson (ACA) 14.16m 1, Luke Moffitt (Dunedin) 13.17m 2, Ethan Gow (Canterbury) 13.10m 3.

High jump: Hamish Kerr (Christchurch) 2.22m 1, Adam Stack (Christchurch) 2.00m 2, Hugo Jones (Wellington) 1.95m 3.


100m: Chayille Collette (Pal/Nth) 11.74s 1, Tamsin Harvey (Wellington) 11.94s 2, Addira Collette (Pal/Nth) 11.97s 3.

200m: Portia Bing (Waitakere) 24.14s 1, Chayille Collette 24.27s 2, Harvey 24.70s PB 3.

400m: Rosie Elliott (Christchurch) 52.16s PB 1, Portia Bing (Waitemata) 53.50s 2, Ellie Beer (Australia) 53.69s 3.
800m: Angela Jukes (Pal/Nth) 2m 20.51s 1, Kate Yu (Wellington) 2m 25.02s 2, Amelia Abernethy (Wellington) 2m 27.04s 3.

One mile New Zealand championship: Georgia Griffith (Australia) 4m 30.26s (meeting record) 1, Sarah Billings (Australia) 4m 32.30s 2, Rebekah Greene (Dunedin) 4m 32.92s PB (New Zealand resident record) 3, Holly Manning (Napier) 4m 39.96s 4, Tillie Hollyer (Christchurch) 4m 43.42s PB 5.

One mile New Zealand U20 championship: Boh Ritchie (Hamilton) 4m 49.07s PB 1, Emma Ferguson (Feilding) 4m 49.86s PB 2, Poppy Martin (Lake City Rotorua) 4m 57.36s PB 3.

400m hurdles: Grace Wisnewski (Hamilton) 1m 2.49s PB 1, Sophie Hancock (Hamilton) 1m 2.66s PB 2, Maggie Jones (Whanganui) 1m 2.81s PB 3.
Hammer throw: Lauren Bruce (Sth Canterbury) 65.98m 1, Lexi Maples (Christchurch) 57.05m 2, Dyani Shepherd-Oates (Taieri) 52.55m 3.

Javelin throw: Mia Bartlett (Wairarapa) 33.99m 1, Zoe Hall (Egmont) 32.13m PB 2, Oria Motley (Sth Canterbury) 30.01m 3.

Long jump: Hannah Sandilands (Christchurch) 5.82m 1, Ashleigh Bennett (Hawera) 5.78m 2, Bernice Cullen (Winton) 5.33m 3.

Triple jump: Anna Thomson (Mana) 12.33m 1, Hannah Collins (Christchurch) 11.30m 2, Hancock 11.04m 3.

High jump: Imogen Skelton (ACA) 1.82m 1, Keeley O’Hagan (Christchurch) 1.78m 2, Mia de Jager (Hamilton) 1.73m 3.


Jumps to Music 10, Hicks Park – 25 January 2023
Hamish Kerr opened his season with a 2.21m clearance in the high jump. Rafe Couillault and Mate Poduje both established a personal best of 2.06m. Imogen Skelton won the women’s high jump with 1.81m, the same height as second placed Alexandra Hyland, who set a PB. Maddie Wilson and Keeley O’Hagan were both over at 1.77m.

Hannah Sandilands LJ 5.95m +1.5, Mariah Ririnui 5.82m +1.4, Ashleigh Bennett 5.74m +2.8, also 5.53m +1.8. Angus Lyver LJ 6.97m +1.6, Matthew Aucamp 6.43m +1.4, Forbes Kennedy 6.42m +0.6.


Wellington Scottish Twilight Meeting #4, Newtown Park – 25 January 2023
Joshua Lotsu 100m 11.19 +1.7, 200m 22.75 0.0. Akash Marks 1:31.05. Niamh Gedye 100m 12.75 -0.7, 200m 26.87 -0.6. Heather Walker 600m 1:45.44. Max Karamanolis 1000m 2:33.93, Malcolm Hodge 2:43.70, Tommy Boyd 2:44.01, Hirotaka Tanimoto 2:48.83.


Athletics Canterbury Meeting #8, 3000m championship, Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub – 28 January 2023
3000m; Women Eva Pringle 10:04.11, Anne McLeod 10:09.65 PB, Sophie Hicks 10:10.81. Men Cameron Clark 8:35.81, Corban Straker 8:42.85 PB, Sam Petty 8:45.93, Alex Kelliher 8:48.78 PB. U20 Pai Wynyard 8:43.74. Under 18 Brynne Gordon 10:27.41 PB.

Anna Percy 100m 12.16 -0.1, 100m H 13.81 +0.4 PB. Charlotte Blake 500g JT 30.14m. Eliza Meekings PV 3.45m. Kelsey Berryman LJ 5.82m +1.3. Christina Ryan LJ 5.45m -0.8, 100m H 15.13 +0.4. Meg Edwards LJ 5.11m +0.4 PB. Lilla Faivre TJ 10.56m +0.2 PB. Embla Wihk 4kg HT 42.56m, Kirsty McCarthy-Dempsey 39.37m PB, 600g JT 33.13m.

Ollie Singleton 700g JT 42.29m PB. Ethan Smolej 800m 1:53.29 PB, Angus Sevier 1:54.39, Oliver Dunshea 1:56.52 PB. Rosa Twyford 800m 2:08.28, Angie Petty 2:09.18, Kiera Hall 2:11.26.

Abbey Moody 600g JT 41.38m. Holly Gray U18 100m H .762 14.94 +0.4, 300m H .762 47.28. Mya Phillips 500g JT 37.42m.

John Gerber 100m 10.62 +3.2, 200m 21.64 -0.1 PB, Asher Pettengell-Brand 10.88 and 21.95. Ethan Bone HJ 1.90m, Tia Wynyard 1.85m, Ethan Price 1.80m. Quinn Andis LJ 6.29m +2.7 and 6.16m +0.7. Masaki Tomooka 110m H 1.067m 15.14 -0.4 PB. Louis Andrews 400m H .914 59.27. Todd Bates HT 55.40m. Beau Brackenridge 110m H .990 15.59 -0.4, 300m H .914 40.77. Wiremu Knowles 110m H .914 15.47 -0.4, 300m H .838 42.95.

Jonah Cropp 3000m RW 12:58.85. Courtney Ruske 14:17.46.


Athletics Otago Meeting, Caledonian Ground – 28 January 2023
Felix McDonald 100m 11.30 HT -2.9, LJ 6.96m +2.0. Jorja Gibbons 100m 12.49 -1.7, LJ 5.57m +2.3. Josh Hou 400m 51.75, Millar McElrea 51.95. Zara Geddes 1500m 4:40.49. George Hamilton 5000m 15:06.31. Cole Gibbons 110m H .990 16.40 -3.5. Toby Martin PV 3.90m PB, Samuel Harris 3.80m. Shay Veitch LJ 7.59m +4.6 also 7.51m -0.4. Anna Grimaldi LJ 5.54m +2.9. Keira McNeill LJ 5.22m +4.0. Kieran Fowler DT 50.40m. Zharna Beattie DT 40.48m. Ashlynn Scherp 4kg HT 36.51m PB, Renee Willis 34.99m PB.

International Results


Larry Wieczorek Invitational, Iowa City IA, 20 January: Jemima Antoniazzi 3000m 9:51.55 PB (4). 21 January: Chanel Muir mile 4:08.48 (2), Tamara Reeves mile 4:57.05 (5RB).

Notre Dame Invitational, Notre Dame IN, 21 January: Toby Gualter 3000m 7:59.67 PB (2).

Villanova Invitational, Staten Island NY, 21 January: Taonga Mbambo 3000m 8:49.42 (8).

Alachua County Collegiate Invitational, Gainsville FL, 27 January: Isabella Richardson 3000m 9:43.66 PB (2RB).

Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic, Boston MA, 27 January: Angus White 1000m 2:26.52 PB (1RB). Zane Powell mile 4:01.12 PB (8RB). Liam Back 3000m 8:03.14 (11RB). George Beamish 5000m 13:14.64 (8).

Houston Invitational, Houston TX, 27 January: Jared Lautenslager 3000m 8:43.56 (12). Maddie Wilson 400m 62.25 (4RJ), 60m H 10.79 (7H2).

Dr Sander Invitational, Columbia Challenge, The Armory, New York NY, 28 January: Jai Dawson 800m 1:51.12 PB (3). Taonga Mbambo 5000m 14:22.60 (9). Charlie Hazlett mile 4:17.38 (2RB). MacCallum Rowe 3000m 8:12.65 PB (4).

Texas Tech Open, Lubbock TX, 27/28 January: Leah Belfield 60m 7.46 (4H2), 7.44 (1P9), 200m 24.65 (4RD). Annalies Kalma 400m 57.47 (3RK). Macey Hilton 800m 2:12.36 (2). Tapenisa Havea SP 15.77m (2CompB).

UW Invite, Seattle WA, 28 January: Jeff Lautenslager mile 4:06.58 (5RC). Murdoch McIntyre 3000m 8:07.11 PB (6RC). Alison Andrews-Paul 800m 2:05.66 (5). Kaia Tupu-South SP 16.14m (2).

Riverhawk Invitational, Boston MA, 28 January: Tessa Hunt 1000m 2:49.33 PB (2), Krystal Clark 2:54.07 (8).

Indiana University Relays, Bloomington IN, 28 January: Chris Devaney mile 4:08.11 PB (5). William Sinclair 3000m 8:22.85 PB (9).

Harvard Yale Princeton Meeting, Cambridge MA, 28 January: Maia Ramsden 1000m 2:43.03 (1).


Victoria Milers Club Meeting, Box Hill, Melbourne, 24 January: Brad Mathas 1500m 3:44.85 PB (4). Steven Langdon 1500m 3:53.17 PB (7RB). Jemima Tennekoon 800m 2:10.14 (7).

Sally Pearson Shield, QSAC, State Athletics Facility, 28 January: Jemima Tennekoon 400m 56.49 (3).

Australia Capital Territory Championships, AIS Athletics Track, Canberra, 28 January: Eddie Osei-Nketia 100m 10.16 +2.8 (2H3), 10.21 -0.2 (2). Liam Webb 200m 22.48 -0.7 (4Prelim2), 400m 48.10 (7F2).


AGN Track & Field League, Pilditch, 21 January: Welre Olivier TJ 16.21m -0.2 (1). This was within 1cm of the senior men’s triple jump record of 16.22m posted by Phil Wood in 1978. U20 Ethan Olivier TJ 16.15m (1)


Vinthundsvintern, Sollentuna, 28 January: Tim Robertson 3000m 8:01.80 PB (2).


CrossCup De Hannut, Hannut, 22 January: Hayden Wilde 9km 30:01 (19).

Road and Trail Races Around the Country

Fox Trot 5km, Viaduct Harbour, 24 January: David Bagot 17:27, Harry Harris 17:39, Kieran McLean 17:41, Tia Knight 19:42, Christine Adamson 22:09, Alexandra Martelli 23:16.

8th Continent Marathon and Half Marathon, Auckland Domain, 24 January: Marathon Steve Hibbs 3:20:10, Daniel Gillott 3:22:31, Conrad Langridge 3:53:53. Celine Zhan 4:03:21, Meixia Liu 4:03:21, Jamie Stevenson 4:22:14. Half marathon Arjun Suresh 1:27:27, Oliver Keuning 1:29:50, Nick Allen 1:33:30. Lizzy Ellis 1:46:35, C Stephenson-Lake 1:54:56, Judy Xue 1:56:08.

Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 25 January: Andy Kilding 17:16, Joel Martin 18:34, Stella Hammond 19:04, Andrew Harvey 19:16, Helen Kilding 20:30.

YMCA 10km, Auckland Domain, 26 January: Pierre Gautier 35:28, Daniel Yep 43:09, James Donovan 45:02.

Shoe Clinic 5km Series, North Hagley Park, 24 January: Hannah Oldroyd 16:47, Anne McLeod 17:24, Hannah Bartram 18:15. Andy Good 14:37, Corban Straker 15:01, Harry Witt 15:50.
Pegasus Bay Vine Run, 29 January: Half marathon; Hayden Zervos 1:24:55, Martin De Bock 1:31:23, Shaun Fauth 1:39:08. Savanah Stewart 1:41:43, Lee-Anne Morris 1:51:42, Virginia Baird 1:53:19. 10km; Lee Calderon 38:22, Hamish O’Connell 38:37, Fraser Bell 39:04. Lucinda Le Heron 41:08, Lauren Cross 45:54, Sara Brown 47:11. 6km; Matt Cunningham 24:09, Jamie Todd 24:22, Christopher Landers 25:13. Edith Chitty 27:59, Sarah Ballam 32:06, Melanie Johnstone 32:46.

43rd Leith Harbour Free 5 and 10, 29 January: 10km; Ben Pigou 36:39, Margie Campbell 40:35, Richard Campbell 40:35, Sandor Toth 41:27. 5km; Corey Lewis 17:28, Dan Hayman 17:36, Von Paolo Geneta 20:35. Niña Batucan 22:58, Orlaith Heron 23:11, Gretchen Brownstein 23:43.