Porritt Classic, Porritt Stadium – 8 February
Siositina Hakeai had a major breakthrough in the discus throw at the annual Porritt Classic meeting in Hamilton on Saturday with a record breaking throw of 59.65m.
The 19 year old from Auckland added nearly two metres to her previous best, to eclipse Beatrice Faumuina’s 1994 New Zealand under 20 record of 57.94m. Hakeai also qualified for nomination for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games by exceeding the B performance standard of 58.50m.
Hakeai who was fourth at the 2012 world junior championships said that she was nervous going into the competition.
“I’m just really happy I qualified and it’s now off my chest, because I was so nervous like I was thinking the worst what if I don’t qualify,” she said.
“I was feeling good after my first throw which was close to my personal best so I was just hoping for the big one and the big one came out. Qualifying is easy now, it’s trying to hold it,” Hakeai added.
Her next competition is in Christchurch on 22 February.
Tori Peeters of Dunedin extended her New Zealand under 20 javelin throw record and the Porritt Classic Meeting record to 52.83m, just a week after a record throw of 49.98m at the Caledonian Ground.
“It was pretty good to get three throws over 50 metres. I had a big summer with work and I didn’t get too much training in but it’s good to get it back out there and get a few good consistent throws over 50,” said Peeters.
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Stuart Farquhar was out to 78.02m in his opening javelin throw of the season.
Farquhar, throwing on his home ground, said that the throw has given him a lot of confidence.
“There are signs that there is a lot of distance in my arm which is super powerful right now, but I could not sort of apply my legs in the throw, there is still a lot of work to get done,” he said.
Ben Langton-Burnell who was second with 70.06m said that he really likes his new environment in Hamilton.
“I love living now in Hamilton and it’s such a privilege to be able to train with Deb and Stu. It is a not too bad a start to the season all over 69 metres so it’s onwards and upwards there’s still a lot more to give this season,” he said.
After an absence of over two years through injury Johan Smalberger was third throwing 66.38m.
“It was a bit nerve wracking but I’m pleased with 66 metres as a base to start the season. The body is feeling good and it’s just a matter of getting used to the competition arena,” said Smalberger.
Young Auckland hammer throwing sensation Matthew Bloxham went close to his New Zealand under 20 6kg hammer record with a throw of 68.80m.
“I was hoping to go over 70 metres today but I can’t complain I was pretty consistent. I have a torn tendon in my knee so I’m actually having some treatment at the moment,” said Bloxham.
While Bloxham missed on a fresh record in the hammer Lauren Bruce of South Canterbury added over four metres to her Canterbury U/20 and U/19 record set in Timaru early last month. Bruce broke the record twice with 55.13m in round five and 56.49m in the final round.
“”I’ve been throwing 55 metres in training and I just came out today and did it which is quite good,” said Bruce.
Nicole Bradley won the hammer competition with 56.71m. In the senior 7.26kg hammer Adam Miller threw a personal best of 56.50m as did Todd Bates (coached by his mother Raylene) with 49.01m.
The Porritt Classic lived up to its reputation as being the highest profile track and field meeting in the country with Camille Buscomb showing a clean pair of heels to the rest of the women’s 1500m field racing through for a personal best time of 4:16.31 to beat Angie Smit by nearly nine seconds.
Buscomb said that she felt surprisingly good.
“I was nervous before hand as I haven’t raced this distance on the track since April last year, and I was nervous how the pace was going to feel for a 1500m and I was hoping that my endurance would pay off so I’m pleased that I ran a two and a half second PB especially in the wind,” said Buscomb who now goes on to Adelaide for a 5000m this Saturday.
“I will be chasing some good times over the next couple of months for the Commonwealth Games 1500m and 5000m,” she added.
Caroline Mellsop, in third, ran a four second personal best of 4:27.86.
Hamish Carson used his superior final kick to perfection to win the men’s 1500m in 3:44.80.
“Daniel Balchin got a good lead with 700m to go and I then thought I’d just bide my time and I felt with 300m to go was the right time and I just gave it everything that I had. I’m really glad I’ve still got that kick. I was just looking for the win today so I’m glad I got it, the coach will be happy,” said Carson.
His next race is the New Zealand 3000m championship in Christchurch and then on to Sydney and Melbourne.
“Hopefully it all goes well for qualifying for Glasgow. I’m planning to go the America in April and May to go for that qualifying time as well,” he added.
Balchin was two seconds under his previous best in second in 3:46.16. Hayden McLaren was third in 3:48.61.
Joseph Millar won the sprint double in wind assisted times of 10.45 (+3.0) in the 100m and 21.03 (+4.4) in the 200m. Mariah Ririnui won the women’s 100m in 11.76 (+3.3) and the long jump where she was out to 5.87 (+3.0), also 5.64 (+1.7).
Zoe Ballantyne excelled over 400m, winning the hurdles in 60.55 and coming back later in the programme to win the 400m flat in 55.72.
“I was close to not running the second 400m but then I thought I’m just going to do it and it ended up being quite well. I didn’t have Louise Jones there to push me that extra bit further,” said Ballantyne.
“The hurdles is coming on well and I was gunning for the meeting record today (59.46 Nicola Kidd 2001) as it was only 0.1 off my PB but the wind was really quite strong and I hit the wind pretty hard and stuffed up a couple of my hurdles but I’m happy with it considering the wind and the conditions,” she added.
Tama Toki won the men’s 400m in 47.34 from schools champion Bailey Stewart 47.76.
Cameron French headed in a classy 400m hurdles field in a meeting record of 51.08 and was second over 100m in 10.65.
Fiona Morrison recorded a personal best 100m hurdles time of 13.42 (+2.0) lowering her own meeting record by an impressive 0.40 and was second in the 100m in 11.92s.
Joshua Hawkins had a wind assisted clocking of 14.22 (+3.5) in the 110m hurdles and was second in the 200m in 21.28.
Portia Bing warmed up for next weekend’s national heptathlon championship with a win in the 200m in 23.73 (+4.1) and a second in the hurdles in 13.77.
Nicholas Gerrard who will be contesting the national decathlon championship had a personal best, by four metres, javelin throw of 60.29m and a 1.95m high jump.
Jordan Peters won the high jump with 2.05m and went close on his first attempt for a new PB of 2.11m.
“I came into the competition with a two metre warm up jump, so I was feeling quite well. But previously in the week I’d caught the flu quite badly so I wasn’t really expecting to jump that well today,” said Peters.
“As the competition progressed I just had to keep strong and keep going. I’ve had a few cracks at 2.11m now and that was definitely the closest I’ve got,” he added.
“I’ll be trying to get my first national title next month, so that’ll be pretty sweet.”
Liz Lamb won the women’s high jump with 1.82m.
Matthew Wyatt had a wind assisted long jump of 7.80m (+2.5) but secured a personal best with his opening jump of 7.56m (+1.6).
Marshall Hall was out to 55.78m in the twilight discus throw while Kyle van der Merwe had a PB 6kg shot put of 16.51m and Richard Callister had a field day, the Didier Poppe coached athlete securing three personal bests of 15.06m 6kg shot put, 56.86m 6kg hammer throw and in the 1.75kg discus 50.54m.
Rosa Flanagan ran a solo 3000m steeplechase in another world junior championships qualifying time of 10:16.00, less than two seconds outside her New Zealand under 19 record, but nearly seven seconds under Sarah McSweeney’s 2008 meeting record.
Michael Banks made a welcome return to New Zealand following his nearly four years on an American athletic scholarship, by winning the 3000m steeplechase in 9:36.45.
“It was a really good experience (in the States) and that was my first steeplechase in almost a year and it was a bit hard out on your own, but I’m happy and I’ll be going for the steeplechase and the 5000m at the nationals,” said Banks.
The traditional 1500m races for secondary school athletes produced two excellent races, as expected Geordie Beamish of Wanganui Collegiate won the Dick Quax boys’ race in a personal best 3:56.47 from Tom Caughley (Scots College) who also ran a PB of 4:06.31. Luke Fielding of Avondale College was third in 4:06.99. Madeleine Roughan of New Plymouth Girls worked hard to stay clear of Emerson Deverell of Kings College to win the Dianne Rodger girls’ race in 4:49.30. Deverell secured a PB of 4:49.65 as did Imogen Hull of Kerikeri High who was third in 4:54.39.
Scots College from Wellington won the boys teams race while Waikato Diocesan took the honours in the girls teams race.
End of an era for Fred Phillips
This year’s Porritt Classic was the end of an era for the meeting manager Fred Phillips. It was the last meeting that he will be officiating at.
Fred has decided to call it a day after being involved with athletics for more than 30 years.
He became involved with his wife Yvonne supporting their children when they were living in Wanganui.
“It was essentially through supporting the children. All of the family do athletics, some better than others.” (Their daughter Tracy won the bronze medal in the high jump at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games was three times New Zealand high jump champion 1993, 1994 and 1996 and is ranked sixth on the New Zealand all time list with 1.88m).
“Of course when you are down to the track all the time in a town like Wanganui you participate, you help out, you get involved and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity that our children have given us.”
In 1987 the family shifted to Hamilton and quickly became involved with track and field in the Waikato. Fred was the chairman of the track and field committee for many years and was also the chairman of the Centre.
“I had a heart attack and was told to take things a little easy by my doctor about 14 years ago, but I’m still here. We started the Porritt Classic as part of the series with Graeme Avery and the Robin Tait Classics. When we didn’t have the funding and the support of Graeme to the same degree when he really pulled out of athletics the Classic went into abeyance for a little while and then it was revitalised as a local meet where we had prizes for the winners. It’s been a great thing to be associated with and we’re very lucky to have had such wonderful people to work with.”
So why bow out now?
“My working life isn’t getting any less and I’m getting a bit slower so I felt something has to give. But we’ll obviously be down to watch athletics from time to time because we’re still interested. We both turn 70 in a couple of months and we thought that’s probably about a good time to say we’ve had an innings and we’ll retire with grace.”
New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Reggie Lewis Centre, Roxbury Community College, Boston, 8 February:
Nick Willis won the mile in 3:57.41 beating Pat Casey USA 3:58.18 and Nate Brannen of Canada 3:58.37. The pace was slow at the start, with the field going through the half mile in 2:04, but Willis took control of the race and went on to win in convincing fashion.
It was Willis' third win in the mile in the big Boston meeting. He won in 2009 with 3:53.54 and in 2010 in 3:55.26 and was third in 2011 in 3:56.29.
Lucy Van Dalen also had a good result, placing third in the 2000m in 5:47.62. Race won by Kim Conley of USA in 5:41.10 from Emma Coburn USA 5:47.20.
Auckland City Athletics Meeting, Mt Smart Stadium – 5 February 2014
Isaac Tatoa 60m 7.16 (-1.0) and 100m 11.11 (-1.2). 1500m; Alex Parlane 3:58.39, Michael Whitehead 4:00.31. Audrey Gregan 4:46.58, Maiya Christini 4:51.19, Lucy Jacobs 4:52.59. High jump U/20 Hamish Kerr 2.00m, Matthew Peters 1.96m.
Athletics Wellington Meeting, Newtown Park – 8 February 2014
Rebeka Kiwara U/20 100m 12.95 (+0.3) and 200m 26.52 (+0.4). Saravee Sos 100m 11.11 (-1.0), 22.71 (-0.3). Tom England U/18 400m 54.77. Stevie Paine U/20 1500m 4:44.69. Harry Burnard U/18 2k St 6:57.27. 5000m TW Jacqueline Wilson 32:13.88, Peter Baillie 27:19.62.
Athletics Nelson Twilight Meeting, Saxton Field Athletics Track – 7 February 2014
A bit of rain didn’t deter Katie Thompson from setting a personal best in the triple jump.
Thompson’s 10.76m (+1.6) leap came on her fourth jump after leaps of 10.21m, 10.48m, and 10.47m. She concluded her strong series with leaps of 10.69m and 10.52m.
Thompson started the meet with a victory in the 100m in 13.45 (-1.6). She also won the 200m in 28.63 (-1.6). The meet also marked the return of Jonas Kale, who won the men’s 100m in 11.65 (-1.0) and the 200m in 24.26. Chris Brake took out the men’s triple jump with 13.55m (+2.2).
Buller Gorge Marathon and Half Marathon – 8 February 2014
Phil Costley chalked up his fourth win in the Buller half marathon in 1:06:52. Jos Hoetjes was second in 1:11:51 with 2011 winner Kerry Faass third in 1:13:41. Costley won the marathon in 2009. Paula Canning won the women’s half in 1:22:36 from Sarah Gardiner 1:26:24 and Julie Antoinette Mugford 1:26:48. Simon Mardon winner in 2010 and 2012 won the marathon in 2:40:10, just 20 seconds ahead of Ben Aynsley. Simon Leaning was third in 2:46:26. Leonie Kaywood won the women’s marathon in 3:12:59 from Carrie Lee 3:13:13 and Robyn Deane 3:17:35. The half walk went to Peter Ryan of England in 2:02:00. Andrea Campbell was the first female walker in 2:20:55. Kathryn Walker lived up to her name winning the marathon walk outright in 5:11:02.
Athletics Canterbury Meeting, Aorangi Park – 8 February 2014
Katie Stuart 100m 12.4 h (NWI) and 200m 25.57 (+4.3). Triple jump; Abbe Watson 10.02m (+3.6), Jade Graham U/20 10.48m (+4.2), Kelly Marshall U/18 10.55m (+2.7). Dian Munoz 100m 10.96 (NWI). Fergus Eglesfield U/17 2k St 6:47.55. Alex Mander U/18 HJ 1.90m. Fergus Speirs U/18 5kg HT 52.35m. Jonathon Lord U/20 3000m race walk 13:21.09. Mixed 1500m Ben Musson 4:03.80, Flora Brocherie 4:36.67. Angus Bailey U/17 3000m 9:31.0 h.
Athletics Otago Meeting, Caledonian Ground – 8 February 2014
Otago 5000m championships; SM Nathan Baxter 14:58.93, U/20 Samuel Bremer 15:42.08, U/17 Oliver Chignell 15:55.96, WU/20 Sian English 17:53.96.
Madaline Spence 300m H 46.93. Alex Gorrie 3000m 8:55.61. Robert Jopp 200m 22.39 (+3.0). Todd Johnston 100m 11.16 (+2.1) and 200m 22.72 (+3.0). Larissa Dyke 100m 12.43 (+2.1). Adriana Mawhinney TJ 10.82m (+0.1). Mayce Ballantyre HT 41.40m.
Otago Hammer Throw Championships, 6 February; Todd Bates 7.26kg 47.73m. Bradley Tarleton 5kg 49.83m, 6kg 44.06m. Mayce Ballantyre 41.32m.
British Universities Cross Country Championships, University of Stirling, 1 February: Canterbury runner Margot Gibson of Nottingham University finished a creditable 15th, in 23:36, out of 440 in the women’s championship over 6.4km. It was held over a two lap undulating with two hills course in mud and rain. Georgia Taylor Brown of Leeds won in 21:27.
Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon, 2 February: Former Pukekohe runner now a resident of Gonzales Louisiana, Karen Lockyer (36) won the half marathon by over two minutes in 1:20:29 (5km 17:59, 10km 37:05). Locker said it was a good warm up for the Boston Marathon on Monday 21 April 2014. Last year she won the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon in 2:52:21.
Empire State Building Run-Up, New York, 5 February: Melissa Moon was third woman in 13:25, running up 86 floors and 1576 stairs. Australia’s Suzy Walsham, who lives in Singapore, won it for the fifth time in 11:57.
GBTC Invitational, Harvard, 19 January: Alex Wallace mile 4:12.17 (1)
BU John Thomas Terrier Invitational Indoor Meeting, Boston University, Boston MA, 24 January: Alex Wallace 3000m 8:12.00 (2r2)
WS Apartments Invitation, Wichita, 31 January: Craig Lautenslager mile 4:24.02 (7r2)
Ed Jacoby Invite, Nampa, 31 January: Cody Thomas HJ 1.87m, PV 3.85m, LJ 6.15m
Coaches Tribute, Kingston, 1 February: Alex Wallace 1000m 2:31.24 (2)
David Hemery Valentine Invitational, Boston University, 7 February: Julian Oakley mile 4:00.71 (5r2), Olivia Burne mile 4:38.28 (4r1), Laura Nagel 3000m 9:01.35 (2). 8 February: Alex Wallace mile 4:03.16 (8r3)
Husler Invitational, Lincoln, 7 February: Craig Lautenslager 3000m 8:31.84 (10)
Strive Interclub, WA Athletics Stadium Perth, 7 February: Joshua Billington 60m 6.92 (+3.5) (1), 100m 10.82 (+3.1) (2), 200m 22.59 (+2.3) (7).
23-year-old Melissa Breen broke Melinda Gainsford-Taylor's 20-year-old national 100m record when she clocked 11.11 (+1.9) in her heat at the ACT championships in Canberra yesterday. Barely two hours later, Breen backed up her scintillating performance with an equally impressive showing in the final, stopping the clock in 11.15 (+1.8) to beat London Olympic Games gold medallist Sally Pearson (11.27) for the first time in 30 meetings between the pair.
ROAD RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
Pakuranga 5km Series, 3 February: Michael Whitehead 16:20, Nick Pannett 17:21, Adam Berry 18:07.
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 4 February: Stuart Grange 16:01, Chris Wharam 16:30, Sam Corbett 16:31. Claire Macky 18:59.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 5 February: Thomas Trengrove 17:45, Brad Booysen 18:06, Shaun Cooper 18:18. Alannah Lythe 18:39, Cara Billen 19:04.
Cornwall Park 5km, 8 February: Nick Mead 17:56, Michael Rodliffe 18:18, Gavin Stevens 18:40. Alison Bogie 20:39.
Eastside 5km, 4 February: Craig McLean 17:27, Brent Nijssen 17:41, Andrew Wark 17:49. Kovo Kowalewski 19:42.
Parkrun 5km, 8 February: Woman won outright Lesley Van Miert 16:58, from Michael Mannings 17:05 and Kevin Knowles 18:34.
Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Series, 4 February: Tony Wolken 17:22, Cathal Reilly 17:22, James MacDonald 18:16. Lizzy Buckenberg 19:21, Kathryn Buckenberg 19:41. Walk Fraser Samson 31:06. Barbara Morrison 32:45.
Lower Hutt Parkrun 5km, 8 February: Paul Barwick 17:02, Andrew Crosland 17:35, Gus Reece 18:20. Annabel Ramsay 19:05.
Waimea 5km Summer Series Wensley Course, 5 February: Kim Hogarth 16:01, Nick Crocker 18:05, Kieran Moore 19:21.
Shoe Clinic Asics 5km Series, North Hagley Park, 4 February: Dallas Wichman 15:47, Granantan Boyle 15:51, Dave Ridley 16:03. Louise Daly 18:56, Leonie Kaywood 19:07, Angela Whyte 19:58.
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