IAAF Seiko Golden Grand Prix Meeting, Kawasaki – 6 May 2012
Stuart Farquhar was third in the javelin with a throw of 77.35m. Event was won by Roderick Genki Dean of Japan with 81.43m. The blustery head constantly switched from head to tail which proved difficult for the throwers to counter. Farquhar, who was trailing in third position on count back going into the last round, produced his best throw to secure his placing.
Men 4 x 100m relay New Zealand 7th in 40.37s. Men 4 x 400m relay New Zealand Alex Jordan, Tama Toki, Frazer Wickes and James Mortimer 3rd in 3m 9.66s.
Alex Jordan led off with a 46.44s run from blocks against runners with PB's up to a second faster than his. He handed over to Tama Toki who built on his steady first 200m regaining some ground lost in the highly competitive first leg. He handed over to Frazer Wickes who ran a well judged leg to reduce the gap even further on the next best teams, passing the Korean team in the home straight. The experienced James Mortimer ran a controlled first 100m but was passed by the Korean athlete and pushed into last place. Spurred on by this Mortimer ran a very strong third 100m passing first the Japanese Junior Athlete and then with 5m to go, the Korean runner for an excellent third placing and revenge for the defeat by the same team earlier in the week.. The time was a 0.61 sec. improvement from Thursday’s race.
In the women’s 4 x 100m a late withdrawal of Anna Smythe following a sore Achilles in warm up meant Molly Florence was rushed into the team at the last minute. The team were buffeted by gusty winds which made judging the changes difficult for the athletes. The baton was successfully carried through the first two exchanges but the final change proved too difficult to complete and the Kiwis joined the Australian team as casualties with the disqualification.
In cold conditions and just five minutes after the relay Fiona Morrison was third in the 100m hurdles in 14.15s (+0.3).
Shizuoka Meeting – 3 May 2012
Relays; Men 4 x 400m Frazer Wickes, Alex Jordan, Daniel O’Shea, James Mortimer 3m 10.27s 5th. Women 4 x 100m Rochelle Coster, Fiona Morrison, Larissa Dyke, Molly Florence 46.66s 6th. The Mens 4 x 100m team of Isaac Tatoa, Carl Van der Speck, Tama Toki and Joseph Millar were disqualified for an incomplete exchange between legs 2 and 3 while being right in the mix of the race.
IAAF Combined Events Challenge, Desenzano del Garda – 5/6 May 2012
Scott McLaren finished 8th with a total score of 7292. His performances were: 11.32s (0.0), 6.83m (-0.9), 15.38m, 1.83m, 50.29s, 15.95s (+0.7), 41.14m, 4.35m, 52.59m, 4m 38.24s.
Brent Newdick did not complete the final two events after 11.12s (+0.4), 7.25m (0.0), 14.85m, 1.92m, 50.17s, 15.00s (+1.0), 46.19m, 4.45m.
Olympic and World Champs bronze medallist Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan won with points of 8172.
36th Throwers Cup Meeting – 5 May 2012
Mark Cumming set a New Zealand M50 hammer throw record of 54.34m and an Auckland M50 discus throw record of 36.61m. Adam Miller PB 2kg discus 44.59m, hammer throw 7kg 50.41m. Sam Ulufonua PB 5kg shot put 16.25m, discus 1.5kg 53.44m. Alex Fafeita PB 6kg shot put 14.73m, discus 1.75kg 47.11m, hammer 6kg 58.00m and javelin 800g 40.04m. James Eperu javelin 700g 54.21m. Matthew Bloxham PB 5kg shot 16.10m, hammer 5kg 58.89m. Nicole Bradley hammer 4kg 52.10m. Tina Hakeai shot 4kg 12.79m, discus 1kg 46.78m.
Pakuranga 5km Series, 30 April: Stephen Langdon 17m 53s, Peter Wieser 18m 10s. Melanie Cossar 22m 32s. Dick Quax ran 22m 32s.
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 1 May: Jon Healey 16m 20s, Chris Wharam 16m 50s. Claire Macky 18m 56s.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 2 May: Peter May 16m 55s, James Rimmer 17m 12s.
YMCA Women’s 5km and 10km Road Races, Puriri Drive Epsom, 6 May: 10km Elise Salt 38m 49s, Katrin Gottschalk 41m 53s. 10km walk Linda McGilvray 1h 10m 10s, 27s ahead of Dianne Hill. 5km Kate Stoddart 21m 6s. 5km walk Helen Meyer 31m 51s.
Central Plateau Trail Run, Owhango – 5 May 2012
42.2km: Kerry Suter 2h 55m 0s, from Sam Manson 3h 9m 18s and Craig Kirkwood 3h 11m 7s. Lesley Turner Hall first woman in 3h 28m 12s. 24km: Quentin Atkinson 2h 9m 24s from Robin Brown 2h 12m 27s. Sarah Biss won the women’s 24km in 2h 5m 28s from Mikayla Nielsen 2h 11m 56s. 11km: Graham Green 1h 3m 49s and Sarah Williams 1h 5m 54s.
Annual Steeplechase, Hastings Showgrounds – 5 May 2012
Ross McIntyre, a week after finishing third in the Rotorua Marathon was the fastest over the 6000m in 19m 34s beating Jeremy Forbes 20m 8s in the master men. Liam Woolford and David Lovelock from Palmerston North were the first two in the senior men in 20m 14s and 20m 23s. Sam Blanche of Palmerston North won the senior women 4500m in 16m 48s from Hastings Amber Morrison 17m 21s. Andrea Williams won the master women 4500m in 18m 35s from Napier’s Annie Kane 18m 43s. Anneke Smith (Hastings) won the W19 3000m in 11m 17s, Sean Morrison (Hastings) the M16 3000m in 10m 16s and Kim Douglas (Hastings) the W16 3000m in 11m 27s.
Nelson Shoe Clinic Half Marathon – 6 May 2012
Simon Mardon won in 1h 11m 34s, from Grant McLean 1h 11m 47s and Graeme Taylor 1h 11m 51s. Paula Canning won her seventh consecutive Nelson Half in 1h 24m 42s, from training partner Klaartje Van Schie 1h 28m 31s and Collette Read 1h 29m 7s. The half walk was won by Roger Denton in 2h 9m 21s. The quarter marathon went to Allister Meffan 38m 17s and the quarter walk to Nyle Sunderland in 1h 1m 18s.
New Zealand 100km Championships, North Hagley Park – 6 May 2012
Martin Lukes (40) won the national title in 7h 8m 37s. Bryan McCorkindale (59) was second in 8h 13m 4s with Glenn Sutton (38) third in 8h 30m 29s. Lukes made it three years in a row having won in Taupo in 2010 in 7h 30m 35s and last year in Taupo in 8h 13m 24s. Val Muskett (57) won the women’s national title in 10h 5m 18s, nine minutes faster than Shannon Lee Litt (38). It was Muskett's fourth title having previously won in 2002 That Dam Run Waitaki Valley Kurow 9h 22m 46s; 2009 Taupo 9h 38m 55s and 2011 Taupo 9h 27m 50s.
New Balance 15km Road Race, Greenpark Domain – 6 May 2012
Sam Wreford won in 46m 29s from, second in last week’s Rotorua Marathon, Blair McWhirter 47m 58s, Dave Ridley 49m 31s and Luke Hurring 50m 19s. Nicki McFadzien won the women’s race in 53m 36s from Kellie Hurring 54m 34s and Alexandra Williams 56m 7s.
75th Annual Lovelock Relays, University Oval – 5 May 2012
Caversham won the senior men, Hill City the senior women and Leith the master men 35 plus and the master women 35 plus.
Fastest laps, Callan Moody 4m 4s, Daniel Balchin 4m 4s, Jordan Maynard 4m 9s and Nathan Baxter 4m 9s. Christina Taylor 4m 57s, Shauna Pali 5m 2s.
Southland Handicap Series Race 1 – 5 May 2012
First of the Southland handicap series (five races in total, points count over the total series) a cross country held at Invercargill’s Donovan Park saw a win in the senior race (7.0 km) to walker Barrie Sheehy, followed by Mary Marshall and Iris Taplin. Fastest time went to Ricky Gutsell (24.01), with Jordan Rackham second (25.11) and Nigel Marsh third fastest (25.43). Hannah Adamson was fastest of the women (27.57), Debbie Telfer second (29.34) and Heather Christie third (33.51.) The junior 2.5km race was won by Holly Pierce on handicap with Hannah Miller second and Lauren Brown third. Lauren ran the fastest time of the girls (9.13), Holly Pierce second fastest (9.23) and Tori Mennell third (9.54). Liam Cullen with 8.20 was fastest boy, Jamie Van der Kemp second (9.04) and Buddy Small third (9.16).
Waikato Bay of Plenty stalwart and Porritt Stadium lap scorer legend and extraordinaire Ted Hutchinson of Morrinsville died suddenly on Thursday, aged 81.
What ever sized field and no matter how many runners had been lapped Ted had a unique ability and system as an excellent lap counter.
Ted has been the race referee at the Rotorua marathon for many years and just five days before his death he was officiating at the 48th Rotorua Marathon. He was a lap scorer at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games and he attended the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games as a spectator.
Ted became involved in the sport in the 1950’s as a cross country runner and continued on as an official. He was on the Waikato Bay of Plenty Centre executive for a number of years and was the Centre President in 1986. Ted was also a Waikato cross country selector for many years. He was one of the key organisers when the New Zealand road relay championships were held on the Kaimai course in 1986 and 1990. Ted enjoyed the sport and was always prepared to help out in any area in the staging of an athletic or harrier event, he will be missed.
Ted had worked in the automotive parts industry in Morrinsville throughout his working life.
His funeral will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) at St Matthews Anglican Church Thames Street Morrinsville at 11am.
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