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25 March 2024 • Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: 25 March

Connor Bell added 48cm to his New Zealand record in the men’s discus, posting 66.71m at the Trojan Invite in Los Angeles. Credit: Michael Dawson.



Trojan Invitational, USC Cromwell Field at Loker Stadium, 22 March: Connor Bell DT 66.71m PB (1), (61.11, 63.81, 65.26, 66.71, 65.04, 64.93), New Zealand Record betters own record of 66.23m from February last year. The performance lifts him to number two on the 2024 world lists.

41st Victor Lopez Classic, Wendel D. Ley Track, Houston TX, 23 March: Alex Martin 800m 1:50.45 PB (2). Alice Taylor HJ 1.83m (1).

Penn Challenge, Franklin Field, Philadelphia PA, 23 March: Charlie Hazlett 3000m 8:32.46 (2). Neve Moulai 3000m 10:08.88 (7).

Titus and Ely Invitational. Concordia, Irvine CA, 23 March: Maria Sartin 400m H 1:02.00 (1).

Wash U Triangular, Washington University, St Louis MO, 23 March: James Corbett 1500m 4:01.30 (5).

Hurricane Collegiate Invite, UMiami Cobb Stadium, Coral Gables FL, 23 March: Jared Lautenslager 1500m 3:54.00 (1).

Rafer Johnson and Jackie Joyner, UCLA, Westwood CA, 23 March: Tayla Brunger 400m 56.97 (7).

Mangrum Invitational, San Marcos CA, 22 March: Colin Kirkpatrick 1500m 3:51.86 (6).

Bob Larsen Distance Carnival, UCLA, Los Angeles CA, 22 March: Bella Browne 1500m 4:29.60 (3).

UCF Knights Invite, UCF Soccer and Track Complex, Orlando FL, 22 March: Isabella Richardson 1500m 4:38.76 (4RC).

Clyde Hart Classic, Waco TX, 22 March: Macey Hilton 1500m 4:24.46 (4). 23 March: Macey Hilton 400m 56.94 (3).

Margaret Simmons Invite, Murray KY, 23 March: Angus Monro 1500m 4:01.76 (3RB).

Willie Williams Classic, Roy P. Drachman Stadium, Tucson AZ, 22 March: Tapenisa Havea SP 16.33m (1), HT 48.32m (10). 23 March: Tapenisa Havea DT 54.42m (1).

Oregon Preview, Hayward Field, Eugene OR, 23 March: Jeff Lautenslager 1500m 3:53.08 (7).

45th Aztec Invitational, San Diego State University, San Diego CA, 23 March: Annalies Kalma 400m 54.53 (3).


Sydney Track Classic, E. S. Marks Athletics Field, Kensington Sydney, 23 March: William Little 3000m 8:01.95 (2RB). Talia Van Rooyen 100m 12.07 0.0 (1RC), Kendra Scally 12.25 (3RC), Jorja Gibbons 12.32 (4RC), Amelie Fairclough 12.34 (5RC), Emilia Goldsmith 12.35 (6RC). Marielle Venida 100m 12.10 -0.1 (6RB).

Box Hill Burn, Hagenauer Reserve, Melbourne, 21 March: Catherine Lund 5000m 16:59.35 (3).

Australian Mountain Running Championships, 17th Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge, Orange NSW, 11km uphill to 1390m Mt Canobolas, 24 March: Michael Sutton 49:09 (2). Ben St Lawrence won in 47:12.


McKinnon Shield and Auckland Combined Events Championships, Mt Smart Stadium – 23/24 March 2024

Tommy Te Puni, having recovered from a tweaked hip, flexed his muscles over 200m and came away with a good time of 21.73 into a head wind of 2.6mps. Jonny Key from Samoa was thwarted after an impressive 100m against Zachery Saunders, with the camera not recording the times, which in his case would have been under 11 seconds. The race was re-run an hour later and Key came through in 11.10 -0.9 to Owen Lamb’s 11.57.

Max Teuruaa with a PB in the pole vault of 3.80m won the Auckland decathlon title with a score of 5928 points. Zoe Hall of Egmont won the senior women’s heptathlon with a score of 3215.


Auckland Decathlon Championship:

Senior: Max Teuruaa (Cook Islands) 5928 points (100m 11.65 -0.2, LJ 6.35m +2.1, SP 10.50m, HJ 1.69m, 400m 53.95. 110m H 16.58 -1.0, DT 30.99m, PV 3.80m PB, JT 49.87m, 1500m 5:02.17).

U20: Connor Brown (Tauranga) 5834 points (12.03 -0.2, 6.30m +3.1, 11.21m, 1.72m, 56.38, 15.52 -1.0, 38.35m, 3.70m, 44.23m, 5:26.87).

U18: Ty Gonzales (Lynndale) 4515 points (12.09 -0.2, 6.09m +0.5, 8.28m, 1.66m, 55.96, 17.16 -1.0, 21.21m, 2.70m, 21.43m, 5:20.01).

Auckland Heptathlon Championship:

Senior: Zoe Hall (Egmont) 3215 points (100m H 18.73 +0.3, HJ 1.45m, SP 9.18m, 200m 29.43 -0.9, LJ 4.59m 0.0, JT 30.25m, 800m 3:07.09).

U20: Saskia Rhind (Tauranga) 4051 points (16.44 +0.3, 1.60m, 10.25m, 28.18 -0.9, 4.84m -0.5, 24.91m, 2:38.18).

U18: Lauren Barrett Hamilton (Waitakere) 3954 points (15.62 +0.3, 1.60m, 8.92m, 27.57 -0.9, 4.64m +0.9, 16.89m, 2:34.53), Mulan Riseborough (Takapuna) 2784.

U16: Mele-‘Ofa ‘isileli-Fo’Ou (Lynndale) 3109 points (80m H 13.23 -0.1, 1.30m, 7.70m, 28.38 -3.4, 4.37m -0.2, 16.14m 2:51.43), Miya Riseborough (Takapuna) 2874, Sofia Maulvurfs (Lynndale) 2567.

U14: Gemma Kivell (Owairaka) 2562 points (14.81 -2.2, 1.48m, 5.55m, 30.20 -3.0, 3.71m -0.4, NM, 2:41.71), Harriet Dodson (Owairaka) 1880, Sapphire Davis (NHB) 1801.

Auckland Octathlon Championship:

U16: Connor Brady (Takapuna) 4369 points (100m 12.56 -2.9, LJ 5.46m +2.0, SP 12.42m, 400m 55.94, 100m H 14.90 -0.7, HJ 1.60m, JT 40.24m, 1000m 3:15.12).

U14: Blake Spalding (Owairaka) 617 points.

Master Men 75 Decathlon: David Anstiss (NHB) 4679 points.

Master Women Pentathlon, W30 Cherie McAllister (NHB) 808, W40 Melissa Free (Takapuna) 1589, W60 Jill Hayman (NHB) 2472, Karen Hulena (NHB) 2015.

Master Men Pentathlon, M45 Glenn Riseborough (Takapuna) 2215.

Master Women Throws Pentathlon, W40 Melissa Free (Takapuna) 2068, W45 Florence Alesana (Glen Eden) 1863, W80 Carol Conte (NHB) 2264.

Master Men Throws Pentathlon, M35 Junior Lupena (Pakuranga) 2126, M45 Arno van der Westhuizen (NHB) 3493, M55 Laini Inivale (Waitakere) 2361, Simon Kay (Papatoetoe) 1740, M65 James Thomas (NHB) 3600, M70 Tapendra Singh Sokhi 1541, M75 Mark Powell (Pakuranga) 1946.


McKinnon Shield


100m: Jonny Key (Samoa) 11.10 -0.9, Owen Lamb (NHB) 11.57, Daniel Tolosa (Cook Islands) 11.96. Jaxon Woolley T38 12.50 0.0.

200m: Tommy Te Puni (NHB) 21.73 -2.6, Blake Wood (Wellington) 23.60, Jeremiah Rogo (Takapuna) 23.65. Jaxon WoolleyT38 26.48 -2.6.

800m: Stuart Hofmeyr (Whippets) 2:01.16, Jacob Hewitt (Glen Eden) 2:01.26, Jack Snedden (Oratia) 2:05.33.

Long jump: Lewis Arthur (NHB) 7.29m +2.2, also 7.20m +1.0.


100m: Kate Borton (NHB) 12.99 +0.3, Grace Wisnewski (Hamilton) 13.01, Emma Bews-Hair (ACA) 13.42.

200m: Borton 25.83 -1.8, Wisnewski 26.30, Sienna Moyle (ACA) 26.40.

800m: Lisa Hellyer (ACA) 2:13.52, Sarah Hellyer (ACA) 2:14.66, Stella Sampson (NHB) 2:49.15.

Shot Put: Caitlin Dore (Taieri) F37 3kg 9.38m.

Discus throw: Sionann Murphy F37 1kg DT 21.91m.

Long jump: Charlotte Drabble (ACA) 5.26m +4.4, also 5.20m +0.8.


Don Greig Racing Stables Twilight Challenge, Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub – 22 March 2024

Sally Gibbs added another masters world record to her list of achievements as a master athlete.

Gibbs set a world W60 5000m record of 17:50.72, breaking Silke Schmidt of Germany 2019 record of 17:59.16. Gibbs now holds the world W60 5000m and 10,000m records. Gibbs also carved a substantial 26 seconds off her New Zealand Masters W60 record.

Tillie Hollyer 5000m 16:57.30, Eva Pringle 17:07.68, Kiri Atkin 17:13.64, Natalie Dryden 17:23.19 PB, Lahana Reeves 17:30.19, Caitlin Bassett 17:46.79 PB.

Matthew Taylor 5000m 14:06.99, Christopher Dryden 14:33.84, Luke Johnston 14:40.50, Henry McMecking 14:46.41 PB, Joseph Lynch 14:51.96 PB.

Rosa Twyford 800m 2:08.37, mile 5:02.81. Samantha Lascelles 800m 2:09.80.

Russell Green mile 4:05.27, David Lee 4:07.73.



Fox Trot 5km, Viaduct Harbour, 19 March: Brendon Fisher 16:58, Keith Burrows 17:05, Andrew Ball 17:16. Caitlin Peers 17:48, Anne Ewing 19:39, Megan Bruce 21:38.

Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 20 March: Andy Kilding 17:18, Joel Martin 17:56, James Parker 18:52. Helen Kilding 19:33.


Mauao Half Marathon, 23 March: Richard Malcolm 1:46:49, Ben Green 1:4Billington 1:47:17. Lucy Thompson 2:05:51, Sarah Molyneux 2:17:41, Natasha Lydiard 2:34:33.


Wellington Scottish Waterfront 5k #20, Oriental Bay, 19 March: Tom Giles 16:08, Caleb Hathaway 16:19, Daniel Gardner 16:52. Maia Flint 18:07, Sarah-Grace Breen 19:56, Bex Hutchinson 19:58.


Honest Lawyer 5km Series #7, Monaco, 18 March: Matthew Moloney 17:29, Tony Phillips 18:16, Patrick Fauth 18:17. Robyn Deane 22:16.

Waimea 5km Series, Showgrounds course, Richmond, 20 March: Curtis Moore 17:43, Tegan Goodman 17:52, Max Richards 21:36. Colette Read 22:59.


Lovelock Memorial Half Marathon, 23 March: James Faulkner 1:20:43, Stephen Blackwell 1:22:27, Jason Wright 1:25:50. Olivia Dunn 1:58:27.


Former leading distance and cross country runner and renowned athletics author Vern Walker of Auckland died on Friday 22 March 2014 aged 86.

He was third in the 1961 New Zealand three-mile track championship, held in Hamilton, behind Murray Halberg and Barry Magee. He had a best three-mile time of 13:45.8 in 1964.

A member of the Kiwi Club he was regularly placed in the top three in major road races in the Auckland and Waikato regions, including a win in the annual Round the Bridges road race in

Hamilton in 1964 and third in the Onehunga to Auckland road race in 1961. His best placing in the Auckland cross country championship was third in 1961.

He was a feature writer for the New Zealand Runner Magazine from 1992 to 2005, which led to writing and publishing a book in 2014 “Peter Snell and the Kiwis who flew”. A further book by Vern followed in 2020 titled “When we were young and fast, a new look at the Peter Snell era 1956-1965”. He was also an accomplished artist—most of illustrations in the second book were painted or drawn by Vern.