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9 February 2021 • General

Weekly Round Up: 9 February

Portia Bing battled the windy conditions to clock 58.50 in the 400m hurdles at the International Track Meet (Photo: Michael Dawson)

New Zealand Competition Results

International Track Meet, Continental Bronze Meet, Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub – 6 February 2021
Jacko Gill scored his third successive victory over Tom Walsh in the shot put with a personal best of 21.52m, 5cm further than his throw in the Czech Republic in September 2019. 

Gill opened with 21.52m while Walsh was out to 21.43m in the opening round, improving with 21.46m in round three. He was unable to secure a further 7cm in the remainder of the competition to surpass Gill. Ryan Ballantyne was third with 19.11m. Ryan Crouser holds the meeting record of 22.05m set in 2017.

Gill, who had a series of 21.52, x, x, 20.53, 19.98, 21.44, had earlier in the day competed at the 10th anniversary of Shaka Sola’s Throwing Academy in Lower Hutt with a throw of 21.19m.

Dame Valerie Adams, who holds the 2014 meeting record of 20.19m, won the women’s shot with 18.41m. Kaia Tupu-South scored a personal best of 15.56m and Tapenisa Havea also had a PB of 14.30m.

Eddie Osei-Nketia avenged his defeat by Tiaan Whelpton over 100m at the Potts Classic with a come-from-behind challenge to snatch the win in the 200m in 21.24 -0.8. Whelpton was second in 21.28, Joseph Millar third in 21.91 and Hamish Gill fourth in 21.99.

Georgia Hulls held out Rosie Elliott to win the women’s 200m in 24.44 -0.7. Elliott recorded 24.85 and Natasha Eady 25.06, the same time as Zoe Hobbs. A later relay involving Eady, Elliott, Hulls and Symone Tafuna’i set a meeting record of 45.47 for the 4 x 100m event.

Connor Bell broke Tom Walsh’s 2014 meeting record of 53.58m in the discus with a winning throw of 63.94m. Alexander Parkinson was out to 57.84m and Hugh McLeod-Jones 41.34m. Savannah Scheen won the women’s discus throwing 53.83m.

Meeting records were set in both high jump competitions. Hamish Kerr managed 2.20m in the blustery conditions to improve on Queenstown’s Gideon Barnard’s 2010 height of 2.05m, while Liz Lamb’s 2010 record of 1.71m in the women’s high jump was erased with Keeley O’Hagan and Imogen Skelton both over the bar at 1.76m.

Former national under 18 300m hurdles and long jump champion Tegan Duffy came out on top in the long jump with a career best of 5.89m -0.7. National champion Briana Stephenson was second with 5.87m -1.3 and Kelsey Berryman third 5.81m -1.8. The highlight came from fourth placed Para Athlete Anna Grimaldi, who set a New Zealand T47 record of 5.78m +0.2. Grimaldi, who turns 24 on Friday, improved on her gold medal performance of 5.62m at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Lauren Bruce was out to her seventh consecutive 70m plus throw with the hammer since her record-breaking 73.47m in September. She won the competition with 71.22m. Mayce Ballantyne added nearly three metres to her fourth placing at last year’s national championships with a fresh PB of 56.10m. Dyani Shepherd-Oates was third with 53.59m. 

Anthony Nobilo won his hammer competition throwing 62.68m and Todd Bates in second secured a PB of 56.90m.

Camille Buscomb edged out Potts Classic winner Rebekah Greene in the 800m. Buscomb ran 2:08.45 to Greene’s 2:09.21. Rosa Twyford was third in 2:12.09.

Hamish Carson was back in form in the 1500m, the six times national 1500m champion holding off James Preston to win in 3:44.63. Preston ran a PB 4:45.50 with Julian Oakley third in 3:48.46.

Portia Bing battled the windy conditions to clock 58.50 in the 400m hurdles and Cameron French was over the barriers in 52.08. Louis Andrews was through in 55.52.

World mountain running championships representative Niam Macdonald won the 3000m steeplechase in 9:37.39 from Max Yanzick 9:39.91 and Ayrton Shadbolt.

The triple jump was taken out by Andrew Allan with 13.83m -1.5 from Ethan Gow 13.61m +1.6 and Hunter Archbold 12.42m -3.0.

Athletics New Zealand Combined Events Championships, Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub – 6/7 February 2021
Max Attwell made it three years in a row and his fourth decathlon title with a score of 7160 points. He had personal best performances in the shot put and discus throw. His events resulted in 100m 11.54 +0.5, LJ 7.06m -1.0, SP 12.97m PB, HJ 2.02m, 400m 51.48, 110m H 16.84 -0.5, DT 40.79m PB, PV 4.70m, JT 46.75m, 1500m 4:41.42. Jared Neighbours was second with 6154 and Ethan Phillips third with 5375.

Christina Ryan won her fourth consecutive national heptathlon title with a personal best points score of 5079, the first time over 5000. She had three individual personal bests in the high jump, 200m and javelin throw. Results 100m H 14.64 +3.1, HJ 1.61m PB, SP 11.54m, 200m 25.10 +1.7 PB, LJ 5.48m +0.2, JT 35.28 PB, 800m 2:32.49. Alessandra Macdonald second 4960 and Hayley Marx third 4015.

U/20 Cameron Moffitt 5930, Max Teuruaa 5537, Joshua Woodhead 5526. U/20 women Alice Taylor 4184, Sam Mackinder 3597. U/18 decathlon James Hansen 5599. U/18 women heptathlon Jessica Vogel 4061. U/16 octathlon Beau Brackenridge 4556. U/16 hexathlon Katelyn Sceats 3197.
Athletics Canterbury Meeting, , Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub – 6 February 2021
Charlie Cameron PV 4.00m, Eliza Meekings PV 3.60m. James Sandilands 110m H 15.82 -0.7. Esther Pratten 80m H 13.59 +0.1, LJ 5.01m -1.3. Dylan Forde 800m 1:55.97, Charlie Hazlett 1:58.52 PB. Kate Davies 800m 2:24.13. Symone Tafunai 100m 11.83 +0.3, Fiona Morrison 12.59. Elliot Nye 100m 11.01 +2.7. Violette Perry DT 40.49m. Cameron Clark 5000m 15:30.87, Thomas Richards 15:38.60. Maddy Spence 400m 59.81. Quinn Motley 1.75kg DT 39.66m PB. Joel Taylor 700g JT 43.99m. Kirsty McCarthy Dempsey 500g JT 33.64m PB.
Auckland Track and Field Championships, Mt Smart Stadium – 6/7 January 2021
Olivia McTaggart highlighted a successful two days of competition with a personal best pole vault of 4.55m, taking her to third equal in the Commonwealth rankings. This is a 5cm improvement on her vaults in early December and at the Potts Classic. James Steyn cleared 5.00m in the men’s pole vault.

Dominic Devlin was impressive taking out the 400m in 48.98 PB, from Fergus Mcleay 49.88 PB, and the 800m in 1:53.86. James Harding went one better in the under 20 grade 800m in 1:52.60, doubling up with the 1500m in 3:59.57.

Sam Waldin 10,000m in 32:48.48 from Nick Moore 32:49.61.

Joshua Hawkins 110m hurdles in 14.07 +1.0. Tom Moloney was second in the hurdles and won the high jump with 1.90m. Justin Menezes was third in the sprint hurdles and won the 400m hurdles in 59.18.

Mogammad Smith won the senior sprint double in 10.89 +1.4 and 22.53 -1.5. However, Zachary Saunders in the under 20 grade proved faster, clocking 10.75 +2.5 and 21.99 -1.5.

Scott Thomson cleared 14.17m +1.8 in the triple jump and Abhijeet Parmar was out to a PB 6.66m -1.9 in the long jump.

Lisa Adams Para Athlete F37, who holds the world Para shot put record of 15.50m, had a series of 14.68, 14.93, 14.54 x, 14.38, x with the 3kg shot.

Alana Barber warmed up for the Oceania 20km race walking championships in Adelaide on 14 February with wins in the 3000m race walk in 13:09.95 and the 10,000m race walk in 47:54.39.

Barber said she is looking forward to getting across to Australia.

“It’s pretty exciting to get away and get some competition and see what the other people are doing.”

The 2018 Commonwealth Games 20km silver medalist added that she always likes to do half the distance a week before a race.

“I found it really hard as the 3000m was the night before and then straight into a 10,000m the next morning. I was surprised how the lactic acid stayed in my legs over-night.”

Her aim in Adelaide is to double the time from the 10,000m walk.

“I will then stay on training in Melbourne for two months, before going on to Europe,” said Barber.

Camryn Smart ran a personal best 400m of 54.67 and the next day added the 200m title in 25.09 -1.0. Stella Pearless won the 800m in 2:11.64. Anneke Grogan ran a PB 2:13.82 for second. Maiya Christini led from start to finish in the 1500m in 4:36.77. Alexandra Hyland sprint hurdles in 15.13 -0.4 and high jump of 1.63m. Zoe Taylor second in the hurdles and  LJ 5.59m +1.2 and 100m winner in 12.63 +0.7.

In the under 20 men Liam Ngchok-Wulf won the 6kg SP 15.46m, 1.75kg DT 42.83m and the 6kg HT 54.36m. James Robertson 400m 50.87. Tremayne Redman-Gardner HJ 2.03m PB.

Joanna Poland in the under 20 women won the 800m in 2:16.16 and the 1500m in 4:40.03.
Lex Revell-Lewis under 18 100m 11.29 -0.2, 200m 23.10 -2.7 and 400m 50.34. James Ford 800m 1500m double, Joseph Dunn the hurdles double, Kaelan Paranihi HJ 1.85m, LJ 6.28m +1.1, TJ 13.31m +0.9, Blessing Sefo SP and DT. Personal bests to the first three in the 300m hurdles Joseph Dunn 42.11, Thomas Wynne 42.98 and Giordan Christophers 43.74. Douw Botes 700g JT 54.70m PB. Under 18 women Marielle Venida sprint double, Natalia Rankin Chi Tar 3kg SP 14.96m and DT 44.85m. Bella Earl 1500m 4:44.94 PB.

In the under 16 grade Benjamin Langley HJ 1.74m and TJ 10.69m -2.6. Zach O’Dwyer 800m and 1500m double, Kadin Taylor the sprint double and Reid Davidson the SP and DT double. Under 16 women Talia van Rooyen 100m 12.11 +1.7 PB and 80m hurdles, Charlotte Goldsmith 200m 25.63 -1.5 PB and long and triple jumps, Kate Borton 400m 58.25 PB and 800m 2:19.44 PB, Gezreyal Maiu’U 300m H and 2000m steeplechase. Suzannah Kennelly 3kg SP 13.64m and DT 40.14m.

In the under 14, double winners; Jason Raad 100m and 200m, Ty Gonzales hurdles double and triple jump and Troy Maka SP and DT.

Sienna Moyle under 14 100m 13.30 +0.8, 200m 27.23 -0.8. Scarlett Robb800m 2:33.65 and 1500m 5:22.89. Amani Farry hurdles double and Karmen-Elizabeth Maritz 3kg SP 10.88m and DT 36.39m.
Sprint and Middle Distance Meeting, Colin Pugh Sports Bowl – 6 February 2021
Chayille Collette 100m 12.44 +0.1, Addira Collette 12.61, Lili Szabo 12.75, LJ 5.42m -0.2. Saravee Sos 400m 51.37, Ethan McKenzie 51.76. Mate Poduje HJ 1.80m PB. Daniel Du Toit 5000m RW 23:18.30, Laura Langley 5000m RW 25:40.66. Ruby Barton 1500m 4:42.95 PB.
Kiwi Throwers Meeting, Newtown Park – 7 February 2021
Caedman Hawkins scored career bests in the shot and discus, 6kg SP 12.95m PB, 1.75kg DT 41.23m PB. Hanno Nel 5kg SP 14.06m, 5kg HT 52.11m. Adrian Stockill 1.5kg DT 41.45m. Cam Robinson 800g JT 52.91m. Tim Robinson 800g JT 45.82m PB. Corran Hanning F12 5kg SP 12.07m, 1.5kg DT 36.24m, 5kg HT 35.89m .

Athletics Nelson Twilight Meeting, Saxton Field Athletics Track – 3 February 2021
Nick Ash 60m 7.48 +0.4, 100m 11.62 +1.1, 400m 53.20. Isabel Neal 100m 12.28 +1.2, 200m 24.93 +0.3 PB. Lucy Sheat 60m 7.94 +1.9, 100m 12.46 +1.2. Celia Ward 100m 12.94 +1.2.
Athletics Otago Twilight Meeting, Caledonian Ground – 4 February 2021
Oliver O’Sullivan Otago 10,000m championship 32:40.2h, Jonah Smith 32:52.0, Nic Bathgate 32:56.0. Will Campbell 100m 11.60 -0.6. Schuyler Orr 100m 11.87 -0.6, 200m 23.58 -0.1. Keira McNeill HJ 1.55m.

International Results

Orange Winter Classic, Clermont FL, 22 January: Nick Willis 800m 1:50.59 (6) splits 55.85, 54.74.
GVSU Snowdown Showdown, Allendale MI, 6 February: Toby Gualter 3000m 8:16.26 (8). Chris Devaney 3000m B race 8:27.26 (1).

American Track League III, Randal Tyson indoor track centre, Fayetteville AR, 7 February: Nick Willis mile 3:56.82 (2), 1500m split 3:42.53.
Sätra, 6 February: Tim Robertson 1500m 3:59.37 PB (9RB).

Road and Trail Races Around the Country

Hatea 5km Series, 3 February: Dwayne Collecutt 20:11, Ben Winder 20:42, Tommy Earl 20:53.
O’Hagan’s 5km, Viaduct Harbour, 2 February: Campbell Garry 17:09, Teddy Eyster 17:31, Devon Beckman 17:49. Robyn Lesh 20:00, Tia Knight 20:35.

Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 13 January: Keith Burrows 17:52, James Parker 18:06, Andrew Harvey 20:30. 20 January: Danny Shaw 16:15, Greg Darbyshire 16:45, Joel Martin 18:16. 27 January: Laura Nagel 17:06, Hayley Green 17:24, Andrew Harvey 20:00, Greg Pearson 20:24. 3 February: Joel Martin 18:26, Greg Pearson 19:56, Andrew Harvey 20:12.

YMCA 10km, Auckland Domain, 4 February: Zeb Stone 34:36, Andrew Shelling 40:09, Callum Walsh 40:56.

Eastside Riverpath 5km, 2 February: Rhys Mildon 18:13, Harry Coles 18:15, Craig Houston 19:25. Kirsten Milne 20:38.

Bay 5km Run, 2 February: Hayden Wilde 15:17, Ian Pugh 17:25, Allan Staite 17:28. Hanne De Vet 17:46, Deborah Fuller 18:01, Olivia Cummings 18:09.
Tuesday Tune-Up 5km, Westshore Napier, 2 February: Robin Moore 18:23, Giles Pearson 20:08, Erwin Blokker 20:27.

Waterfront 5km Series, 2 February: Seamus Kane 15:17, Nick Horspool 15:29, Ben Twyman 16:11. Mel Stevens 18:30, Bridget Kiddle 19:42, Nina Maurer 20:26. Walk; Sean Lake 31:07.

Trentham 5km Series, 2 February: Thomas Strawbridge 16:21, Joshua Jordan 17:44,  Max Poland 17:59. Madison Wos 20:10, Katie Jordan 20:21.

Shoe Clinic Asics 5km Series #4, North Hagley Park, 2 February: Thomas Richards 15:29, Mark Bailey 15:33, Daniel Redmond 15:38, Blair McWhirter 15:42. Hannah Oldroyd 18:00, Zoe McMeeken 18:59, Fiona Dowling 19:00.