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7 December 2020 • General

Weekly Round Up: 7 December

Lauren Bruce threw an Olympic qualifying throw in the hammer at the South Island Championships (Photo: Alisha Lovrich)

New Zealand Competition Results

McKinnon Shield Meeting #5, Mt Smart Stadium – 5 December 2020
Five-time national 110m hurdles champion Joshua Hawkins opened his season of racing with a win in the hurdles in 13.99 +3.3. Amy Robertson took advantage of the perfect conditions for her women’s 100m hurdles, clocking a personal best 13.80 +1.5. The runner up in last season’s national championships moved up from 26th to 13th on the all-time New Zealand rankings. She later finished second in the 60m in 7.86.

Olivia McTaggart improved on her national championship winning performance of 4.46m in March 2019 with a career best pole vault of 4.50m. Imogen Ayris, two weeks after clearing 4.50m, was second with 4.40m. Ruben Vogel (16) was over the bar at 4.00m, surpassing his previous best of 3.41m in February.

Nadia Evans, in preparation for the New Zealand secondary school championships, easily won the 60m in 7.59 +2.6 and the 100m in a PB 11.95 +1.8.

Mogammad Smith narrowly won the 60m in 6.86 +2.3 from James Guthrie-Croft 6.87. Guthrie-Croft came back in the 100m to reverse the placings, winning in a PB 10.74 +0.7 to Smith’s 10.88. Jordan Boland was third on both occasions in 6.93 and 10.98. 

National junior sprint champion Tommy Te Puni moved up to the 400m, which he won in 49.17. Jeremiah Rogo was second in 51.40. World University Games representative Stella Pearless clocked a personal best 400m of 56.57, her best in nearly two years. Sophie Atkinson in second was also under her previous best with 57.16, as was Mia Powell with 58.53 in third.

Cameron Maunder (15) showed plenty of determination to peg back Jahko Tohaia in the 1500m to win in 4:09.04. Tohaia was second in 4:09.70. Maiya Christini led throughout the women’s 1500m and finished in 4:31.77. Kimberley May moved through well over the second half for second in 4:33.06. Penelope Salmon was third in a PB 4:38.15.

Ellen Carter 100m hurdles 0.762m 14.89 +1.6 PB. Tom Christie 100m hurdles 0.838m 13.83 +1.0. Natalia Rankin-Chi Tar 3kg SP 15.82m PB and DT 46.69m. Blessing Sefo 5kg SP 15.66m PB, 1.25kg DT 53.46m. Troy Maka (12) further improved on his 1kg discus with a throw of 52.62m. Zoe Taylor was out to a PB long jump of 5.66m +1.4 after finishing second in the 100m hurdles in 14.88. Matthew Aucamp cleared 6.64m +2.4, also 6.37m +1.2 in the long jump, Max Teuruaa 6.34m +4.6, also 6.24m +1.6 and Jamie Chambers-Steward 6.18m. +4.0, also 6.07m +1.5. Alana Mathews won the 2000m race walk in 11:17.63.

Summer Throws Competition #1, AUT Millennium Stadium North Shore – 5 December 2020
A number of personal bests achieved. Kate Hallie 3kg SP 12.35m PB, 4kg SP 10.64m PB, DT 34.25m. Grace Matulovic 3kg SP 12.76m PB, DT 33.25m. Centaine Noom-Duckworth 4kg HT 49.45m PB, DT 37.10m. Jamane Saimoa 3kg HT 47.41m, Jasmine Saimoa 3kg HT 47.32m. Nadja Kumerich 3kg HT 45.66m. Caitlin Shepperson 4kg HT 40.89m PB. Suluama-Rose Vaeau-Mulitalo 4kg HT 39.25m PB, 3kg HT 46.93m, DT 36.80m. Brianna Tirado 600g JT 36.26m, 500g JT 42.94m PB. Arno Van Der Westhuizen HT 50.87m. Danny Shaw 800g JT 40.38m PB. Daniel Shaw 700g JT 45.75m PB.
Sir Peter Snell 1500m, Cooks Gardens – 1 December 2020
Sam Tanner ran a PB 1500m of 3:38.04 and went within a hundredth of a second of breaking Peter O’Donoghue’s 1984 Cooks Gardens record of 3:38.03. Benjamin Wall paced Tanner to 800m in 1:55.0, Hamish Carson had him through 1200m in 2:54.3 and he was still within striking distance of the record with 200m to go with a time of 3:11 at 1300m.

Eric Speakman was second in 3:43.96, followed by Hayden Wilde 4:00.74 and Zach Bellamy 4:04.51.

The Agency Group 10,000m Festival, Newtown Park – 5 December 2020
Oli Chignell debuted over the 10,000m and came through with an impressive time of 28:48:30, despite the less than ideal conditions. It is the fastest time in New Zealand since 2008. Chignell just missed the longstanding Otago 10,000m record of 28:40.66. 

Strong winds slowly abated in Wellington meaning that, while not perfect, the final race of the night was run in much better conditions than anticipated. A field of 17 quickly broke into three packs. Chignell was expertly paced by Hamish Carson and Hayden Wilde to seven kilometres before setting out on his own. Sam Tanner pulled a small pack around at 30-minute pace. Eventually, only Chris Dryden was able to stick with him for a personal best of 29:47.88 and his first time under 30 minutes. Isaac Murphy was third in 31:20.97, nearly chased down by a fast-finishing Niam Macdonald in 31:22.28. 

Evan Cooper’s large 31.30 pack stayed together for much of the race, delivering PBs for Malcolm Hodge 31:35.25, Joseph Lynch 31:46.62 and Ronan Lee 32:04.10. Fabian Downs ran 31:24.33, Nick Horspool 31:37.32, Nathan Tse 31:38.20 PB, and Hirotaka Tanimoto 31:47.13.

Earlier in the night, all four of the top women ran personal bests in a close-fought race. On the last lap, Deb Lynch and Esther George exchanged the lead several times before Lynch snatched victory in 37:17.82, with George clocking 37:18.10, to claim the Wellington 10,000m title. Canterbury’s Natalie Dryden, who had led for a significant part of the race earlier on, was third in 37:38.44, just ahead of Olympic’s Ingrid Cree 37:44.56. Cree claimed the NZ masters title and bronze in the Wellington open champs.

Scottish’s Michele Allison smashed the New Zealand women’s 65+ age grade record of 46:36.27 by running 44:41.87. That is her fourth age-grade record this summer, having also claimed the 3000m, 5000m and steeplechase in recent weeks.

Another impressive result among the masters races was a close battle between two M70s. Tauranga’s Graeme Adams (46:28.80) was three minutes under his target time to claim the NZ M70 title by just over a second from Wellington Harriers’ Brian Hayes, who was also 90 seconds under his target time.

Over 100 runners entered across three races and there were multiple fast times and personal bests throughout the evening.

Other results from the evening, Jake Paul 100m 11.25 -0.9, 200m 22.61 +0.1, Saravee Sos 11.42, 22.93. Lili Szabo 100m 12.93 +1.5. Amy Walker 200m 28.09 -5.5. Alex Martin 600m 1:28.85. Jamie Barnes 1000m 2:36.39. Daniel Du Toit 10,000m race walk 47:46.03, Laura Langley 56:29.04.

Rhythm and Jumps, Christchurch Boys’ High School – 27 November 2020
Shay Veitch moved up to 12th on the New Zealand all-time list with his long jump of 7.66m +0.2, the furthest by a New Zealander in five years. The 2019 national junior champion improved on his previous best of 7.54m in Dunedin in October. Veitch also had jumps of 7.53m -1.8, 7.50m -1.0, 7.54m -1.5 and 7.60m -0.3. National long jump champion Felix McDonald, who has a best of 7.54m, was out to 7.21m -0.5, with Andrew Allan recording a jump of 6.55m -3.1 and Quinn Andis 6.12m -1.7. 

Christine Ryan LJ 5.59m -0.1 PB, Kelsey Berryman 5.19m -2.2, Caitlin Feather 5.01m -2.3, Hannah Maloney 4.90m -3.3.

CANRUN Track Series #5 Twilight Meeting, Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub – 3 December 2020
Tom Walsh SP 19.36m. Lauren Bruce HT 70.81m. Todd Bates HT 54.06m. Kirsty Mccarthy Dempsey 3kg HT 40.38m. Nikolas Kini 6kg SP 17.41m. Tapenisa Havea 3kg SP 14.99m. Caleb Robinson 60m 7.67 +1.6. Rebecca Peterson 60m 7.86 +1.6, 100m 12.61 +1.6. Will Chunn 100m 11.37 +2.9. Daniel Roswell mile 4:26.11. Michael McCaskey 400m 55.41. Laura Smith 400m 59.78. Ethan Smolej 800m 1:56.45. John Wells 300m 36.75. Julia Burnham 300m 42.04. Noah Fenwick 3000m 9:24.53. Couper Killick 5kg SP 14.00m PB.
South Island Championships, Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub – 5/6 December 2020
The standout performance on day one of the championships was the Olympic qualifying throw by Lauren Bruce in the hammer throw. Her first-round effort of 72.67m surpassed the automatic qualifying mark of 72.50m. Her series of throws were 72.67, 70.45, 72.27, 70.04, 70.59 and 70.32. Bruce set a New Zealand record of 73.47m in Hastings in September. 

Her efforts inspired two other athletes to throw personal best distances. Dyani Shepherd-Oates improved from 53.18m to 57.44m. Lexi Maples showed what a winter focusing on one key event can do, with an improvement of 8.50m in the last 12 months. She broke the 50m barrier with her effort of 51.32m, but was pipped for third by Mayce Ballantyne, 51.77m.

Christina Ryan had a close victory over Hannah Maloney in the long jump. Her wind-assisted 5.55m held off Maloney’s 5.51m. 

Jared Neighbours threw a PB 800g javelin 54.62m.

Navajo Prentice moved to the top of the National Rankings for the season with her run of 11:23.45 in the 3000m Steeplechase.

Tiaan Whelpton showed a clean pair of heels in the 100m heats. His 10.47, although wind-assisted, was well clear of the 10.90 of second heat winner Elliot Nye. Nye won the final but his time of 11.00 was eclipsed by M18 winner Will Chun 10.90. Anna Percy impressed with her 100m victory in a wind-assisted time of 11.68, leading Maia Broughton 11.87 and Jordyn Blake 12.06.

Blake got her revenge when she ran a personal best 54.55 to win the 400m to Broughton’s PB of 55.93. Broughton had led from the gun, only to be hauled in by Blake with 50m left in an exciting finish to the race. Laura Smith finished with a PB of 57.87 in third. This mark replaced her previous best set 10 years prior, as a 14-year-old.

The men’s 400m also had an exciting finish. Sam Averill surprised with a narrow victory over Louis Andrews, 50.44 PB to 50.47 PB. The strong finishing Dylan Forde placed third with a PB 51.59.

Anna Percy went close to her 400m hurdles PB of 58.14, set at the Lovelock Classic nearly two years ago, with a performance of 58.50. Louis Andrews 400m H 55.99 PB. 

Tom Walsh competed on day two, winning the shot put with 19.22m. His series was 19.09, 18.70, 19.12, 19.22, 18.61 and 18.58. 

Hamish Kerr cleared 2.08m in the high jump, Levi Ferguson 1.88m and Alfie Baker 1.88m. 

Claudia Knight HJ 1.61m. Thomas Richards 5000m 15:32.27. Julia Burnham 300m H 45.22. Tatiana Kaumoana DT 48.72m, Violette Perry 42.55m. Andrew Allan TJ 13.75m +0.5, Ethan Gow TJ 13.37m +0.4. Laura Smith 800m 2:12.31 PB. Daniel Roswell 800m 1:54.61 PB, Dylan Forde 1:55.87. Jared Neighbours DT 40.79m PB. Joshua Bull 1.5kg DT 46.90m. Quinn Motley 5kg SP 13.36m PB, 1.5kg DT 43.38m PB.

Athletics Southland Meeting, Surrey Park – 22 November 2020
Trent Hogg 1.5kg DT 46.83m, 5kg SP 15.49m, 6kg SP 14.25m. Teagan Ashley 3kg HT 52.48m. Quinn Hartley HJ 1.96m, 200m 23.86. Tessa Baird TJ 10.63m +3.0. James McLeay 3000m 9:41.54, Craig Iversen 9:45.33.
Athletics Southland Meeting, Surrey Park – 28 November 2020
Trent Hogg set two Southland age group records, 1.5kg DT 48.80m M16-17 record, 6kg SP 15.08m M18 record. He also had a 5kg SP of 16.21m. Teagan Ashley 3kg HT 51.20m. Jessica Senior 600g JT 40.24m. Sam McDonald TJ 12.54m -0.4. Bernice Cullen LJ 5.11m -1.1. Kennedy Taylor WU/18 1500m 4:45.46. Ethan Friend 400m 54.71.

Athletics Southland Twilight Meeting, Surrey Park – 4 December 2020
Further Southland records to Trent Hogg 5kg SP 16.55m PB, 1.5kg DT 49.35m PB. He also had a 6kg SP of 14.47m. Rico Fisher 1.5kg DT 47.78m PB, 5kg SP 12.49m. Jack Stalker 100m 11.46 +3.2, 200m 23.84 +5.8. Kennedy Taylor 800m 2:24.84. Quinn Hartley LJ 6.31m. Bernice Cullen LJ 5.29m. Sam McDonald TJ 12.52m. Tessa Baird TJ 10.68m. Eliana Collins TJ 10.59m. Teagan Ashley 3kg HT 48.72m. Riancke Slump 3kg HT 42.07m.

International Results

ACNW Open T & F Meeting, McArthur Stadium Potchefstroom, 17 November: Welrè Olivier LJ 7.73m +1.9. 24 November: Welrè Olivier LJ 7.30m +1.9.

Road and Trail Races Around the Country

Pakuranga 5km, Lloyd Elsmore Park, 30 November: Ronan Codyre 16:47, Jake Hellawell 18:09, Joe Shiozawa 18:31. Abbey Bolton 20:55.

O’Hagan’s 5km, Viaduct Harbour, 1 December: David Bagot 16:23, Simon Mace 17:03, Harry Harris 17:07. Robyn Lesh 19:20, Tia Knight 20:32, Carolina Guedes 20:43.

Omaha Half Marathon, 6 December: Rodwyn Isaacs 1:14:48, Shiloh Rumbal 1:19:07, Keith Burrows 1:19:51. Bethany Bromfield 1:24:56, Louisa Mann 1:26:43, Tayla Cox 1:28:09. 10km; Max Rickards 36:16, John Mering 36:39, George Mawson 38:17. Tracy McCartney 41:49.
Pauanui Half Marathon, 5 December: Donal McGoldrick 1:17:35, Jake Wilkinson 1:17:54, Johan Van Hoovels 1:18:39. Vivianne Bongard 1:36:14, Vicky Waller 1:41:34, Stacey Huston 1:43:31. 10km; Graham O’Grady 37:30.

Eastside Riverpath 5km, 1 December: Mike Harris 18:48, Brad Coxon 18:56, Craig Houston 19:02. Malesa McNearney 20:10, Ele Barton 20:32, Emma Barton 20:56.

Tuesday Tune-Up 5km, Westshore Napier, 1 December: Jonathan Moore 18:36, Mark Fisher 18:47, Dougie Kyle 19:52.
Waterfront 5km Series, 1 December: Daniel Jones 15:53, Ben Twyman 16:02, Anthony Jackson 16:13. Miranda Spencer 18:41, Natalie Hardaker 19:51, Nina Maurer 20:25. Walk; Clive McGovern 30:55, John Roskvist 31:50, Jacqueline Wilson 32:06.

Honest Lawyer 5km, Monaco, 30 November: Ryan Martyn 19:38, Darragh Faughey 19:44, John O’Regan 19:54. Robyn Deane 21:25.

Eddyline Maple-Saxton 5km, 2 December: Matthew Bowen 18:04, Brian Kemp 18:27, Curtis Moore 19:17. Angela Leck 20:23.
Hanmer Holiday Homes Alpine Marathon, 5 December: Matthew Urbanski 2:48:32, Robert Loveridge 2:56:52, Ben Fuller 3:12:19. Laura Pfeifer 3:23:03, Jackie Mayne-Davis 3:56:32, Chloe Flinn 3:58:30. Half; Jamie Wisker 1:23:49, Callum Brown 1:23:53, Chris Topp 1:24:03. Serena Kelly 1:27:36, Vewra Logan 1:33:07, Fiona Gilroy 1:39:15. 10km; Steve Harris 36:58, Scott Ferguson 37:09, Alby Mokomoko 41:38. Bridget Ford 43:57, Whitney Gillies 45:18, Cristina Hatton 47:46.
Kepler Challenge 59km and Luxmore Grunt 27km, 5 December: 59km; Daniel Jones 4:05:23, Scotty Hawker 4:19:19, Weston Hill 4:30:03. Nancy Jiang 4:59:46, Ruby Muir 5:01:54, Fiona Love 5:17:11. 27km; Jono Jackson 1:56:07, Dwight Grieve 2:06:26, Sam Manson 2:07:22. Sarah Douglas 2:12:18, Maddie Dillon 2:21:20, Sabrina Grogan 2:21:32.