New Year’s Day Twilight Meeting, Tauranga Domain – 1 January 2014
An invitational team of New Plymouth and Tauranga athletes Zoe Hobbs, Abby Goldie, Amy Robinson and Brooke Somerfield lowered the New Zealand under 18 4 x 100m relay record to 46.77 (pending ratification). Hobbs, Goldie and Robinson were members of the New Zealand team that set the previous record of 47.29 in Sydney on 19 January last year.
Joseph Millar was in outstanding form taking out the sprinting treble for the second year in a row. He won the 100m 10.49 (+2.1), 200m 21.31 (+2.3) and 400m 47.64.
He was also a member of the 4 x 100m relay team along with Ryan Howe, Zac Topping and Cameron French who recorded 41.41. Howe was second in the 100m in 10.71 and Jeffrey Thumath was runner up in the 200m in 21.82.
Mariah Ririnui won the 100m in 11.90 (+3.6) from Hobbs 12.01. Hobbs won the 200m in 24.49 from Goldie 24.86 and Ririnui 25.09. Robinson won the 400m in a PB 55.78 from 2012 national champion Kristie Baillie 56.29 and Maria Hodge 57.44.
The 110m hurdles went to Michael Cochrane in 14.40 (+1.9) with Nicholas Gerrard clocking 15.87. Australian visitor Margie Atthow from the Sunshine Coast won the 800m in 2:11.50, Talia Horgan was second in a PB 2:15.99. Michael Whitehead, 2011 national 800m champion won the 800m in 1:57.55.
Tom Marshall from Wales headed in Aaron Pulford in the 3000m in 8:15.94, Pulford recording 8:18.49. Oliver Smith of Wellington was third in 8:37.79. Arianna Lord won the women’s 3000m in 10:37.76.
Ririnui was out in 5.80m (+1.5) in the long jump while Jordan Peters cleared 2.05m in the high jump. Andrew Jackson M19 had the 800g javelin out to 43.98m and Jared Free won the 3000m track walk in 15:34.30.
Lovelock Classic, Aorangi Park – 4 January 2014
Rosa Flanagan continued her demolition of the age group steeplechase records claiming the New Zealand under 19 3000m steeplechase record with a time of 10:14.60 (pending ratification). The diminutive 17 year old broke Sarah McSweeney’s record of 10:22.98 set in Hamilton in 2008.
Flanagan now holds both the under 19 2k and 3k steeplechase records having set the 2k record also in Timaru in November.
Her time of 10:14.60 is under the A qualifying time of 10:15.00 for selection to the world junior championships in Eugene Oregon in July.
Angie Smit ran a personal best 4:50.40 to win the feature women’s mile. Pippa Trevella was second in 4:58.11 with Flora Brocherie recording a PB 4:59.31 in third.
Daniel Balchin won the Lovelock mile in 4:14.50 while Brad Mathas clocked 1:51.77 in the 800m. For his efforts Balchin collected $600 along with being the first recipient of the new Lovelock mile trophy made of wood from the Lovelock Oak tree planted in the grounds of Timaru Boys’ High School. An oak seedling was presented to Jack Lovelock and all other gold medallists at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
Oska Inkster-Baynes won the 3000m in 8:44.37 and he was also second in the mile in 4:23.00. Kelsey Berryman was through the 100m in 12.08 (-1.9) ahead of Fiona Morrison 12.21. Morrison was a clear winner of the 100m hurdles in 13.78 (-0.3) from Berryman 14.53. Morrison and Berryman also won the 2 x 100m relay in 23.72.
Jacob Matson won the 100m in 10.97 (+2.2) and teamed up with Robert Jopp to win the 2 x 100m relay in 22.01. Jordan Rackham tried out the 3000m steeplechase winning in 9:59.40 while Jack Beaumont won the 2km steeplechase in 6:28.19. The women’s 2km steeplechase went to Anneke Grogan in 7:28.26.
Lucy Jacobs collected the women’s 800m in 2:19.64.
In the field events, Nicole Bradley sent the hammer out to 57.13m, Jesse Bryant LJ 6.58m (+1.3), Leanna Ryan LJ 5.21m (-0.2), Lauren Bruce DT 42.94m, Tom Cooper U/20 DT 44.66m, Benn Loh HJ 1.90m and Todd Swanson TJ 13.88m (-1.5).
England Athletics Indoor Race Walking Championships, Sheffield EIS Indoor Arena – 5 January 2014
Quentin Rew had the perfect start to his race walking programme for 2014 with a world class performance of 11:17.66 over 3000m in winning the English indoor championship.
This is a massive improvement on his previous best time over 3000m of 11:51.59 set at the New Zealand championships in Dunedin in 2011. Rew was also under the New Zealand outdoor record of 11:21.50 established by Craig Barrett in Wanganui in 1997.
No to be outdone, Rew’s partner Alana Barber was third in the women’s championship in a personal best of 15:00.74, improving on her time of 15:31.76 at the 2011 Capital Classic meeting in Wellington.
Special Meet, WA Athletics Stadium Perth – 3 January 2014
Haden Martin of Auckland City Athletics was second over 400m in 48.07.
ATHLETES 2013 RANKINGS - TRACK & FIELD NEWS
The following NZL athletes have been ranked in the top fifty in the world by athletics publication Track and Field News in the USA
Valerie Adams (1) shot put 20.98m
Nick Willis (13) 1500m 3:32.57 and (28) 3000m 7:40.62
Kim Smith (20) 5000m 15:02.56 and (20) 10,000m 31:46.37
Tom Walsh (22=) shot put 20.61m
Quentin Rew (23) 50km road walk 3:50:27
Angie Smit (32) 800m 2:00.03
Zane Robertson (36) 5000m 13:13.83
Jake Robertson (38) 10,000m 27:45.46
Stuart Farquhar (40) javelin throw 81.07m
Lucy Van Dalen (40) mile 4:36.07
ROAD RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
Shoe Clinic New Year’s Day 10km, 1 January: Phil Costley, 31 times a New Zealand champion, headed in New Zealand secondary schools senior boys road champion Cameron Avery in 31:30. Avery recorded 32:02. Thomas Andersen was third in 33:49, followed by Simon Mardon 33:53, Kim Hogarth 34:08 and Glen Ferguson 35:13. Klaartje Van Schie was the first woman in 38:20 from Paula Canning 39:18. Peter Hague won the walk in 62:27 from Andrea Campbell 63:39.
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