New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, Mt Campbell, Motueka – 14 April 2012
Phil Costley was in a class of his own as he showed a clean pair of heels to the others in collecting his fourth national mountain running title on Saturday.
The wirily 42 year old from Nelson rocketed up the 14.2km climb to the top of Mt Campbell in Motueka in 1h 10m 31s. Defending champion Dougan Butler of Hawera was unable to match the pace set by Costley and had to run his own race for second in 1h 12m 58s. Glenn Hughes of Wellington, the 2009 champion, was third in 1h 14m 8s. Costley has now chalked up 31 national titles on the track, cross country, road including marathon and half marathon and mountain running. His record, which started with the 3000m steeplechase title in 1994 is; 3000m (1), 5000m (1), 10,000m (1), 3000m steeplechase (5), half marathon (4), marathon (2), cross country 12km (6), cross country 4km (4), road (3), mountain (4).
Hannah Newbould of Canterbury added the women’s title to the 5000m track title won last month. Newbould clocked 48m 37s for the 7.2km climb, over a minute faster than Wellington’s Marjolein Ros and third placed Helen Rountree of Hamilton. Tauranga’s Sally Gibbs (48) easily won her age group title in 49m 51s. The fastest woman on the day was Olympic cross country skier team bronze medallist Antonella Confortola of Italy who recorded 45m 30s in the community 7.2km race.
The junior titles both went to Wellington athletes, Ryan McAlister in the men and Ariana Harper in the women.
90th Australian Athletic Championships, Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park Melbourne – 13/15 April 2012
Brent Newdick won the decathlon with a total of 8057, seven points better than the performance standard set for the London Olympic Games. Newdick set personal bests in two of the ten events, 7.56m in the long jump and 48.25m in the discus throw. The 27 year old has a best score of 8114 points set in Austria in May last year.
His performances in Melbourne were: 100m 11.02s (-0.7) 856, long jump 7.56m (+1.6) 950, shot put 14.48m 758, high jump 1.95m 758, 400m 49.22s 851, 110m hurdles 14.55s (0.0) 905, discus throw 48.25m 834, pole vault 4.70m 819, javelin throw 56.43m 684, 1500m 4m 46.21s 642, total 8057.
National champion Nicholas Gerrard also took part in the decathlon finishing ninth with 6234 points. Unfortunately he did not clear a height in the pole vault.
New Zealand sprint champion Joseph Millar of Tauranga flashed into third in the 100m in 10.49s after earlier recording 10.42s in the heats.
On the last day of the championships Millar was triumphant in the 200m winning in 21.27s after earlier qualifying in the heats in 21.20s. Tama Toki was third in the 200m final in 21.43s. In the heats he recorded 21.24s.
Other third placings went to Cameron French of Hamilton in the 400m hurdles in 52.66s, Nneka Okpala of Auckland with 12.97m in the triple jump, Camille Buscomb 1500m in 4m 22.98s and Kristie Baillie 400m in 53.26s. In the heats of the 400m hurdles Phil Simms of Pirongia recorded a world junior championships B qualifying time of 52.71s.
Day 1 13 April: Women 100m prelim: Monique Williams 7 12.03s (+2.0) Q, Rochelle Coster 9 11.96s (+2.0) Q, Fiona Morrison 15 12.24s (+2.0) q, Mariah Ririnui 28 12.58s (-0.4), Larissa Dyke 29 12.63s (-0.2). 400m prelim: Kristie Baillie 7 53.95s q. 400m hurdles prelim: Tracey Hale 4 60.78s Q, Mackenzie Keenan 8 63.82s q. Hammer throw: Nicole Bradley 7 52.01m, Millie McNie 8 48.79m. Discus throw ambulant: Holly Robinson 2 31.00m.
Men 400m prelim: Ben Potter 17 48.89s. 400m hurdles prelim: Phil Simms 4 52.71s Q, Cameron French 5 53.10s Q. Hammer throw: Damian Smuts 7 54.30m.
Day 2 14 April: Women 100m semi: Monique Williams 5 11.75s (+0.6) Q, Rochelle Coster 10 11.98s (+1.4), Fiona Morrison 18 12.18s (+0.6). Final Monique Williams DQ. 1500m prelim: Camille Buscomb 4 4m 30.59s Q, Annika Pfitzinger 8 4m 32.54s Q, Lydia O’Donnell 9 4m 30.17s q, Melanie Fayen 22 4m 40.72s. 3000m steeplechase: Caroline Mellsop 4 10m 53.61s. Triple jump: Nneka Okpala 3 12.97m (+0.6). Shot put secured: Jessica Hamill 3 6.89m.
Men 100m prelim: Joseph Millar 5 10.42s (+1.8) Q, Carl Van der Speck 7 10.54s (+3.9) q, Tama Toki 14 10.77s (0.0). Final Joseph Millar 3 10.49s (-0.4), Carl Van der Speck 4 10.65s. 400m hurdles: Cameron French 3 52.66s, Phil Simms 4 53.35s. Discus throw: Marshall Hall 7 54.02m. Shot put secured: Peter Martin 2 8.50m.
Day 3 15 April: Women 200m prelim: Monique Williams 2 23.62s (+2.2) Q. Final Monique Williams DNF. 400m: Kristie Baillie 3 53.26s. 1500m: Camille Buscomb 3 4m 22.98s, Annika Pfitzinger 7 4m 26.63s, Lydia O’Donnell 11 4m 29.38s. 100m hurdles prelim: Fiona Morrison 5 13.77s (+1.4) Q, Rochelle Coster 9 14.41s (+1.4), Mackenzie Keenan 12 15.25s (-0.9). Final Fiona Morrison 4 13.79s (+0.7). 400m hurdles: Tracey Hale 5 62.00s, Mackenzie Keenan 6 63.68s. Long jump: Mariah Ririnui 8 5.91m (+1.2). Javelin secured: Jessica Hamill 2 12.98m. Shot Put ambulant: Holly Robinson 3 9.67m.
Men 200m prelim: Tama Toki 2 21.24s (+1.3) Q, Joseph Millar 4 21.20s (+2.1) Q, Carl Van der Speck 9 21.53s (+2.1). Final Joseph Millar 1 21.27s (+0.2), Tama Toki 3 21.43s. Shot Put: Damian Smuts 7 15.37m, Jerram Huston 8 14.80m. Javelin throw: Ben Langton Burnell 8 66.09m. Pole vault: Nicholas Southgate 4 4.75m, Brent Newdick 6= 4.60m. Javelin secured Peter Martin 2 15.46m.
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5km Road Race in conjunction with Boston Marathon - 15 April 2012
Adrian Blincoe finished fourth in 13m 46s. Benjamin True of Hanover won in 13m 41s, breaking his own course record of 14m 6.5s set last year.
Kimberley Smith was the third woman in 15m 26s. Werknesh Kidane of Ethiopia was the leading woman in a new course record of 15m 12s. The previous record of 15m 52s was set by Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya last year.
18th World University Cross Country Championships, Lodz – 14 April 2012
Daniel Wallis finished 52nd in a time of 31m 7s for the 10,500m course. His splits for each of the 1750m laps were, 4m 40s, 5m 7s, 5m 16s, 5m 20s, 5m 28s and 5m 16s. Abdelmajed Touil of Algeria won in 29m 11s.
New Zealand has competed at three previous championships; Rowan Hooper was 49th in 2004 in Italy, Ruth Croft 40th woman in 2008 in France and Andrew Davidson 18th in 2010 in Ontario Canada.
32nd Rotterdam Marathon – 15 April 2012
Sarah Biss cut five minutes off her personal best in finishing 17th in the Rotterdam Marathon in 2h 39m 20s. Biss went through the half way mark in 1h 16m 21s. She faced tough windy conditions over the second half.
Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia won in the fourth fastest all time for a woman of 2h 18m 58s.
Biss’ previous best was 2h 44m 32s for 16th place in last October’s Chicago Marathon.
14th Nagano Olympic Commemorative Marathon – 15 April 2012
Auckland marathon winner Lisa Robertson found it tough going in yesterday’s Nagano Marathon in her bid to make the London Olympic Games.
Robertson was on target for the qualifying time of 2h 32m early in the race, but by 25km it was all over and she battled on for 12th place.
“My legs just went at 25km and it was all downhill from there on,” she said.
Robertson, who has a best of 2h 41m 56s, completed the 42.2km in 2h 47m 44s, 13 minutes behind the winner Pauline Wangui of Kenya who ran a PB 2h 34m 22s.
Kitale Meeting – 7 April 2012
Zane Robertson finished fourth in the 1500m in 3m 45.1s, with Jake Robertson seventh in 3m 47.6s.
Riverhead 50km trail Run, 9 April: Eugene Bingham 3h 49m 4s, Jenny Williams 4h 50m 57s.
Tauranga Half Marathon – 15 April 2012
Jono Jackson won in 1h 11m 10s from Craig Kirkwood 1h 13m 29s and Zebedee Stone 1h 14m 29s. Maria Bentley won the woman’s race in 1h 18m 6s from Hannah Wells 1h 25m 19s.
Xterra Trail Run – 14 April 2012
In the 21km James Bowstead won in 1h 19m 25s from Lee Greer 1h 20m 29s. Lesley Turner Hall first woman in 1h 29m 43s. Nick Pannett won the 11km in 42m 4s.
Te Awamutu 12km Run – 14 April 2012
Tim Stewart won in 45m 17s from Michael Whitehead 45m 36s. Mikayla Nielson first woman in 47m 21s.
Hastings Half Marathon – 15 April 2012
Former Sumner Running Club member Graham Bee won in 1h 15m 29s. Amelia Watkinson won the women’s half in 1h 28m 6s. Bee is working in the Hawkes Bay before returning to Scotland.
Great Forest Events, Levin – 14 April 2012
Bryn Davies won the marathon in 2h 47m 35s. Jessie Sanzo first woman in 3h 16m 34s. Half to Hayden Shearman in 1h 13m 47s, with Samantha Blanch first woman recording 1h 27m 24s. In the 10km Levente Timar ran 33m 3s and Alison Bogie 41m 49s.
Porirua Grand Traverse 22km Run, 1 April: Correction to last week’s report; In the individual 22km run Samantha Blanch was first outright in 2h 2m 28s with Paul Adams second in 2h 6m 5s. In the 22km run within the multisport event, James Coubrough was the fastest with 1h 55m 25s with Jana Kaepler the fastest woman with 2h 33m 29s.
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