New Zealand 10,000m Championships, Mt Smart Stadium – 26 January 2014
Aaron Pulford was back in the winners circle after an absence of three years with a convincing run to collect his first senior track title winning the 10,000m in 29:47.09.
He ran most of the race with Wellington's Hamish Carson on his shoulder. They passed through the 5000m mark in 14:51 but with four laps of the 25 lap journey remaining, Pulford made a decisive break and Carson, the three times national 1500m champion, was unable to respond.
As Carson dropped back, he was in danger of losing second place to a fast finishing Jono Jackson from Auckland, but he did enough in the last lap to hold out Jackson. Both runners recorded personal best times of 30:10.38 and 30:16.93 respectively.
Wanaka's Oska Inkster-Baynes placed fourth in a personal best 30:31.41, his fourth personal best in a busy eight days of racing around the North Island. Defending champion Caden Shields of Otago was fifth in 31:03.21, half a minute quicker than he ran last year in Timaru.
Pulford, from Thames, the national junior 10,000m champion in 2010 and 2011 and national half marathon champion in 2010, said that he was scared of Carson as he had out kicked him in the Christchurch half marathon last June.
“I was a bit scared because I knew at the Christchurch half marathon I underestimated Hamish so I knew I really had to dig deep with five laps to go because I could hear him kind of grunting a bit and it was the only time I was going to get away from him. If he was with me with a lap to go I knew that he’d really dig deep and put something in,” said Pulford.
“I’m stoked to win as I haven’t won a national title since 2011, I’ve always been coming second or third lately,” he added.
Pulford said that he had peaked for the Zatopek 10,000m in Melbourne last month where he ran a personal best 29:06.74.
“I tried to hold that form, but ended up going back to a build up three weeks ago. So I just ran this race for a bit of strength – I’ll now do some good quality training and then go over to America in April and try and run a good 10k there and after that decide what the rest of the plan is – either try a good half marathon or if I get the Commonwealth Games 10k B standard, go to the Commonwealth Games,” he said.
He plans to run the 1500m at the New Zealand championships in Wellington as a bit of a blow out before going to the States.
It was Carson’s debut over 10,000m on the track.
“It maybe the first and last,” said Carson with a smile.“Obviously he is a bit fitter than us,” he added in response to Pulford’s victory.
Carson said that he has come back from a few injuries and it was good to be back racing on the track. “Seeing I was in my build up I thought I’d give the 10k a go and it was a good effort to get me back on track. But I’m definitely still focussing on the 1500m and going for another one in March."
Rookie 10km track runner Lydia O'Donnell was the clear winner in the women's championship although she was beaten to the line by visiting Australian Sarah Klein who was also debuting over 10km on the track. Klein's winning time was 34:53.99 while O'Donnell from Auckland recorded a personal best of 35:05.53 taking out the New Zealand title. Fellow Aucklanders Alice Mason (37:40.66) and Kelly Parlane (39:07.00) filled the minor placings.
O’Donnell was delighted to win her first national senior title. “It’s a good buzz. The field wasn’t that big but it was a good start to the season,” she said.
Being her first race over the distance she didn’t know how it would go. “I had set lap times and I was under for the first half (covered in 17:00) and then I gradually slowed a bit. The Aussie passed me in the last 800m and I tried to sprint but my kick isn’t that great – but it is a good start,” said O’Donnell.
“I’ll put in another good month of training and then maybe do a few shorter distances and then head over to Aussie and do a few races over there and see how it goes,” she added.
O’Donnell who was third in the 2011 national road champs and third in the 2012 national 1500m said that she would be doing the 5000m at this year’s nationals.
Matthew Dryden of Christchurch Avon, won his first national title, taking the gold medal in the junior men's grade in 33:38.07.
Grand Prix 10,000m race walk, Mt Smart Stadium – 26 January 2014
World masters M60 20km road walk champion in Brazil last October Mike Parker won the grand prix 10,000m track race walk in 51:33.71. The event was marred by a torrential down pour of rain during the race. Jared Free was second in 52:41.01 and Rodney Thorne third in 61:57.64.
Corinne Smith of Whangarei was the first woman in 54:50.42 from Samantha Parkinson 1:11.29.14 and Shirley Barber 1:18:31.53.
North Island 14-U/18 Interprovincial Competition, Mt Smart Stadium – 25 January 2014
Brooke Somerfield highlighted the sprinting and Holly Manning the middle distance races. Somerfield from Tauranga won the 100m in 12.81 and the 16 year old recorded 26.25 in the 200m. She also won the long jump with a leap of 5.34m. Napier based Manning clocked 59.08 over 400m and 2:19.14 in the 800m. Jessica Bitcheno of Tauranga was runner up in the 200m, 400m and 800m.
Sam Ulufonua of Counties dominated the throwing events with wins in the shot put 16.23m, discus throw 50.21m and javelin throw 51.00m. Andrew Jackson of Auckland was second in all three events. Sheldon Tovio of Counties was impressive in the under 16 throws with 14.51m in the shot and 47.44m in the discus. Georgie Glover-Clark of Harbour Legendz won the under 18 100m hurdles in 17.81 and the high jump with 1.51m. Brooke Urquhart of Counties was a double winner 39.72m in the discus and 23.08m in the javelin.
Auckland’s Niven Longopoa competing in the under 16 grade was over the 100m hurdles in 13.91 and out to 6.74m in the long jump.
Counties Manukau’s Hunter Curran won all three events he entered, the 200m in 23.52, 400m in 53.61 and the high jump after an enthralling contest with 15 year old Christopher Goodwin where they both cleared 1.92m. Phoebe Edwards of Wellington was in striking form in the under 16 division with wins in the 100m, 80m hurdles and high jump with a clearance of 1.72m. Maiya Christini of Auckland led from start to finish in both the under 16 distance races, recording 2:22.60 in the 800m and 4:51.14s in the 1500m. Maria Hodge of Harbour collected the under 16 200m in 26.78 and 400m in 59.42.
Throwers Meeting, AUT Millennium Stadium North Shore – 25 January 2014
Benedict Chong Wong had a PB with the senior 7.26kg shot of 15.05m. He also had a PB in the 1.75kg discus with a throw of 44.89m. Jerram Huston was second in the senior shot with 14.53m and Alexander Parkinson was third in a PB 13.26m. Parkinson also had a PB in the senior hammer throw of 42.65m and he threw the senior discus 42.38m. Marshall Hall was out to 53.26m in the senior discus. Richard Callister 52.68m in the 6kg hammer and 46.01m with the 1.75kg discus. Stephanie Wrathall won the javelin throw with 44.10m.
Auckland City Athletics Meeting, Mt Smart Stadium – 15 January 2014
Senior 2kg discus throw: Marshall Hall 52.91m, Kyle van der Merwe 48.44m, Nicholas Gerrard 41.46m. Te Rina Keenan DT 54.54m, Siositina Hakeai DT 53.84m. Sam Ulufonua 1.5kg DT 56.55m and 6kg SP 14.95m. Jerram Huston 7.26kg SP 14.42m. James Mortimer 100m 10.81 (+2.5) and 200m 22.15 (+2.7). Anita Punt 100m 11.89 (+4.3) and 200m 24.44 (+3.0). Thomas Monnery U/20 400m 51.17. Jono Jackson 3000m 8:38.57, Lydia O’Donnell 9:30.79. Alex Parlane 5000m 15:20.39.
Auckland City Athletics Meeting, Mt Smart Stadium – 22 January 2014
Marshall Hall DT 54.52m, Nicholas Gerrard 39.69m. Siositina Hakeai 56.27m. Kyle van der Merwe 6kg SP 15.86m, Nicholas Gerrard 7.26kg SP 14.76m, Jerram Huston 14.33m. Niven Longopoa 100m H 840mm 13.72 (+4.3). Isaac Tatoa 60m 6.82 (+4.0). Anita Punt 100m 12.10 (+4.3), 200m 24.57 (+3.2). Michael Whitehead 400m 51.98. Alex Parlane 800m 1:58.75. Jono Jackson 3000m 8:52.92, Andrew Stewart 9:26.27, James Uhlenberg 9:29.66.
Cooks Classic Meeting, Cooks Gardens – 20 January 2014
Olympic 1500m silver medallist Nick Willis ran the 60th sub-four minute mile achieved at the famous Cooks Gardens track in Wanganui in 3:55.98.
Willis joins Sir John Walker and Hamish Christensen in having gone under the four minute barrier on four occasions at Cooks Gardens.
Malcolm Hicks of Auckland was second in 4:00.12 with Matt Harris of Wellington third in 4:08.02.
Willis was paced through the first two laps before setting out aggressively on his own. He said it was an honour to achieve the 60th sub-four minute mile in Wanganui, 52 years after Sir Peter Snell ran the first and world record of 3:54.4.
“I’ve always been aware of how famous this track is, back in 1962 was the world record by Peter Snell to kick off the sub-fours and there’s been 60 odd since then and it’s an honour to join that list as one of the guys that has done it the most times,” said Willis.
Willis was in great shape.
"I felt great and right where I want to be at this stage of the season. It's been a great seven weeks training here - I can't wait. I’m racing indoors in Boston and over 2000m in New York City before the Worlds in Poland on March 8," said Willis.
Angie Smit followed up her 800m victory in Hastings two days earlier with a personal best mile of 4:43.66, seven seconds faster than she ran in Timaru three weeks ago. Rosa Flanagan was second in 4:46.37 and Caroline Mellsop third in 4:52.31 a five second improvement on her time in the same race last year.
National secondary schools 1500m champion Jordan Rackham won the junior mile in 4:20.79 from Jeff Lautenslager 4:21.93 and Mike Lowe 4:23.57 who were both slightly faster than last year.
Joseph Millar won the sprint double in 10.60 (+2.4) over 100m and 21.28 (+1.2) in the 200m. Zoe Hobbs captured the same double in the women’s sprints with times of 11.89 (+2.9) and 24.31 (+0.9). Louise Jones was second in both in 12.29 and 24.36. Hobbs also won the long jump with 5.48m (+0.5).
Maxim Mischenko was over the bar at 4.80m in the pole vault to win from Pascal Kethers who also cleared 4.80m. Eliza McCartney was just 1cm short of her best in the pole vault, with a height of 4.10m.
Jenni Scott had a legal 11.72m (+2.0) in the triple jump, Liz Lamb cleared 1.75m in the high jump, and Siositina Hakeai won the discus with a throw of 52.55m.
Matthew Wyatt won the long jump with 7.17m (+1.4) and Jordan Peters made it to 2.05m in the high jump.
Capital Classic Meeting, Newtown Park – 24 January 2014
Nick Willis won the men’s 800m, after a good battle with two times New Zealand champion Brad Mathas who set a personal best of 1:49.17 last weekend in Newcastle, Australia.
Mathas sat on the shoulder of the pacemaker through the first lap in 54 seconds with Willis a second back. Mathas poured on the pace, after the pacemaker dropped out, with the Olympic silver medallist chasing hard.
Willis closed the gap but didn’t get past the Christchurch based 20 year old until the last 50 metres of the race. Willis recorded 1:50.04, Mathas 1:51.19 and Ben Anderson third in 1:53.46.
Willis said that it was a test run for the new tactical approach to the world indoor championships in Poland in March.
“We’ve got the world indoor champs coming up in six weeks and traditionally it’s quite a tactical race with the last 600 metres being really fast. Doing an 800m is a bit of a shock to the system to remember how to sprint again,” he said.
“Anything around that 1:50 range is fine. My coach wanted me to run negative splits which means the second lap’s faster than the first and we were probably pretty spot on to doing that so it worked out.
“Today was more about the benefit of doing the training. I was out of the gate pretty slow because I’ve been working on endurance. It wasn’t easy. I was happy to hold my form, but most importantly as I crossed the finish line, although my legs were knackered, I was able to regain my breath quite quickly,” he added.
The women’s 800m went to Auckland’s Katie Wright in 2:07.86, after the 25 year old went through the first lap in 61 seconds. Her time was just outside her personal best set in 2011. Pippa Trevella from Christchurch finished second in 2:12.56 with 16 year old Arianna Lord the New Zealand schools 1500m champion third in 2:12.68.
Camille Buscomb had the top performance at the meet with a resounding victory in the 3000m, recording a personal best 9:08.70. Buscomb, the two times national 3000 champion from Cambridge, sliced nine seconds off her previous best, set in winning her second national title at the same track over the distance last season. She had been lead through the first 1900 metres by 2010 Commonwealth Games double medallist Nikki Hamblin. Georgie Grgec was second in 9:41.24.
The 23 year old Buscomb spent two years at Purdue University in the US but has flourished since her return and has her eyes on qualifying for the Glasgow 2014 games in the 5000m. She needs to run the 15:32.0 B standard for nomination.
Not to be outdone, Daniel Balchin from Canterbury trimmed six seconds from his best in the men’s 3000m race, winning by almost the length of the straight in 8:09.25 from Wellington’s Matt Harris (8:21.45). Balchin’s time was in part, due to Nick Willis in the pace-making role who lead the field through the first 2200 metres in just over eight minute pace after running in the 800m. Wanaka athlete Oska Inkster-Baynes finished third in 8:29.42.
The women’s high jump was an enthralling competition with three athletes clearing the bar at 1.80m. London Olympian Sarah Cowley from Auckland and Christchurch jumper Emma Sutherland could not clear the next height of 1.84m, but national champion Liz Lamb did clear the bar for her best height since her 10th place finish at the World Student Games in Russia in July 2013.
Jordan Peters had another good win over five times national champion in the men’s high jump, clearing 2.05 to Billy Crayford’s 2.00.
Pole vault sensation Eliza McCartney cleared 4.00m easily and had three good attempts at 4.15m, which would have been a new under 19 national record. It will only be a matter of time before the Takapuna 17 year old improves on her own record of 4.11.
McCartney has already hit the World Junior Championships B qualification standard of 4.10 and the Commonwealth Games B standard of 4.30 could be within her reach as well.
The men’s pole vault went to Auckland’s Pascal Kethers at 4.75 from German visitor Vincent Hobbie on 4.60.
In the men’s 100m Joseph Millar, the double sprint champion for the last 2 years and unbeaten over 100 in New Zealand since Feb 2012, had a very strong challenge from Waikato BOP team mates Ryan Howe and Kodi Harman. Millar took the win to keep his unbeaten streak alive by out-leaning Howe to record 10.52 (+3.5), with Howe on 10.60 and Harman at 10.63. The three would later combine in the 4x100m relay.
Millar then followed up with a more decisive win in the 200m in 21.35 (+1.9) from Harman at 21.64 and hurdler turned sprinter James Mortimer in 21.88.
Zoe Hobbs, at just 16 years took the women’s sprint double with 11.87 (+0.3) and 24.76 (-0.6).
The Glasgow relay squads had their first competitive races with selection for the Commonwealth Games and success at the Games the ultimate prize.
The men’s team of Howe, Millar, Harman and Mortimer had a solid effort of 40.24s, indicating that the target of 39.50 is within their grasp and they can approach further attempts over the summer with confidence.
The women’s team didn't manage to get the baton all the way around the track after a failed changeover, but they also have more opportunities to chase the required time of 45.00.
Louise Jones ran a personal best of 54.07 to win the women’s 400m with fellow Aucklander Zoe Ballantyne also getting a best ever 54.66, indicating she should be ready for a breakthrough in her favoured 400m hurdles. Tama Toki won the men’s race in 47.44.
Hurdlers Joshua Hawkins and Fiona Morrison both impressed in their specialist events. Hawkins with a 14.55 (-0.7) clocking made a further improvement in his best time to move to number 16 on the all-time list, while Morrison's 13.48 (+1.0) is just 0.03 outside her best.
Although the distances were not great in the women’s discus, Siositina Hakeai had a good win over arch rival Te Rina Keenan 55.60 to 53.07.
Wellington triple jumper Scott Thomson was out to a respectable 14.88 (+1.6) in the men’s event, but his sister Anna was beaten into second by Jenni Scott from Auckland 11.82 (+1.3) against 11.53 (+0.5).
Junior 1500m runners Sean Eustace and Tannock Blair had one of the closest finishes of the night with Eustace prevailing in 4:00.53 by just 0.25s.
Athletics Canterbury Meeting, Rawhiti Domain – 25 January 2014
Anna McNab won the SW DT 30.51m, HT 32.90m and JT 18.37m. Samantha Richards was out to 33.99m in the DT. Hannah Boyd 3kg HT 43.22m. Jack Henry 800g JT 44.55m. Katie Stuart 100m 12.92 (0.0) and 200m 26.82 (+1.9). Derick Lotz 400m 54.28. Matthew Prest M17 1500m 4:16.00. Rachel Kingsford 1500m 4:47.46. Fergus Eglesfield M16 3000m 9:49.47. Flora Brocherie 3000m 10:27.33.
Athletics Canterbury Meeting, Rawhiti Domain – 18 January 2014
Kelsey Berryman 100m 12.28 (+1.3) and 200m 26.02 (-0.2). David Elliott 100m 11.45 (+1.3). Ari Graham W15 800m 2:23.93. Daniel Balchin 1500m 3:56.95, Callan Moody 3:57.35. Cameron Avery 3000m 9:16.54. Jack Bryant U/18 throws SP 14.56m, DT 44.66m, JT 35.65m. Deon Lotz 400m 56.95. Abbe Watson TJ 10.51m (+0.6), Celena Music U/18 TJ 10.02m (-0.7). Courtney Ruske 3km RW 14:18.21, Kate Newitt 14:52.87.
South Island 14-U/18 Interprovincial Competition and Athletics Otago Meeting, Caledonian Ground – 25 January 2014
Libby Jones won the G18 HT 41.07m, JT 22.45m and SP 12.41m. Rosie Elliott won the 100m in 13.20 (-2.5) and the 200m 26.82 (-2.4). Hanna English 1500/3000m double in 5:05.48 and 10:46.15.
Bradley Tarleton B18 DT 34.91m and HT 49.71m. Alex Mander PV 3.60m and SP 12.00m. Dian Munoz dominated the sprints, 100m in 11.18 (-0.7), 200m 23.17 (-1.0) and 100m H 15.97 (-1.8). Chris McNoe 300m H 43.22 and 400m 52.49. Bradley Pearce 800m/1500m double 2:08.39 and 4:38.04. George Woodhouse TJ 11.38m (+0.4).
Adriana Mawhinney G14/15 HJ 1.65m and TJ 11.28m (+4.2). Caitlyn George 100m 13.01 (-1.2) and 200m 26.67 (-1.2). Jessie Anderson 800m 2:18.75. Harriet Bush 4:57.99.
Felix McDonald B14/15 LJ 6.04m (-0.7), 100m H 14.75 (-5.0) and 400m 51.70. Jarvis Hansen 100m 11.81 (-2.9) and 200m 24.44 (-4.8). Angus Bailey 1500m 4:29.91. Jack Bryant SP 15.55m.
At the open meeting Hinewai Collins set a Southland W17 3kg HT record of 38.56m. Sian English won the W18-19 3000m in 10:30.54, Daniel O’Shea 300m in 34.31 and Anna Grimaldi F47 LJ 4.36m (-0.5).
BU John Thomas Terrier Invitational Indoor Meeting, Boston University, Boston MA – 24/25 January:
All personal best times by the following four athletes.
24 January: Katrina Anderson 800m 2:09.96 (3). Laura Nagel, 1 mile 4:36.89 (5), Olivia Burne, 1 mile 4:38.10 (6).
25 January: Julian Oakley, 1 mile 4:01.85 (9).
Mark Colligan Memorial, Lincoln – 25 January:
Craig Launtenslager 3000m 8:37.65 (5).
New Balance Games, Armory Track New York – 25 January:
Lucy Van Dalen 1 mile 4:32.61 (6), 1500m split 4:13.77 (6). First indoor race since 2012, for Van Dalen who is aiming for the world indoors in Poland and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Rod McGravy Memorial, Lexington – 24 January:
Rebekah Greene 3000m 9:18.44 (PB) (2).
UW Indoor Preview, Seattle – 18 January:
Cody Thomas 400m 51.08 (3r5), HJ 1.89m 22.
Saturday Night Shootout, New York – 18 January:
Katrina Anderson 400m 58.60 (5r1). Olivia Burne 1000m 2:51.50 PB (1).
Great Dane Classic, New York – 17 January:
Katrina Anderson 800m 2:11.85 (4).
Texas A & M Invitational, College Station – 17 January:
Shauna Pali 3000m 10:20.06 PB (7). Tom Stringer 1 mile 4:25.20 PB (7r2).
WSU Open Pullman – 17 January:
Charlotte Muschamp HJ 1.78m PB (1).
Denise Boyd Shield at Nathan 18 January: Althea Mackie HT 41.46m 5.
ROAD RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 21 January: Luke Hurring 16:18, Stuart Grange 16:20, Tom Ashley 17:15. Florence Reynolds 19:18, Katrin Gottschalk 19:27.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 22 January: Brad Booysen 18:24, Shaun Cooper 18:48, Henry Morrison-Jones 19:10.
Cornwall Park 5km, 25 January: Tama Christensen 17:29, Kazuya Iwata 18:10, Sam Mathews 19:06. Isabella Richards 19:17.
Eastside 5km, 21 January: Oliver McLean 17:38, Brent Nijssen 17:51, Glenn Sexton 18:06. Helen Rountree 18:26, Katherine Prumm 18:58.
Smiths Sports Shoes Everyone’s 5km, 23 January: John Caie 17:38, Lucas Fairweather 18:40, Martin Van der Velden 18:53.
Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Series, 21 January: Todd Stevens 17:26, Vaile Mexted 18:32, Colin Price 18:57. Emily Solsberg 19:12, Sarah Booth 20:15. Walk Andrea Adams 38:19.
Lower Hutt Parkrun 5km, 25 January: Joel Carman 17:43, Katie Wright 17:44, Kenny Clark 18:01. Georgina Cox-Gratton second woman 20:57.
Waimea 5km Series, Cemetery Circuit, 22 January: Michael Rutter 17:35, Dan Bush 17:54, Mick Crocker 18:13. Paula Canning 19:06, Sarah Biss 20:31.
Shoe Clinic Asics 5km Series, North Hagley Park, 21 January: Callan Moody 14:14, Mark Bailey 14:57, Nick Burrow 15:28, Chris Dunell 15:53, Ivan Ching Hin 15:53. Rachel Kingsford 16:46, Gabrielle Gray 17:41, Leonie Kaywood 18:48, Natalie Dryden 19:07, Fiona Gilroy 19:12.
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