New Zealand Combined Events Championships, Douglas Track & Field, Waitakere – 15/16 February 2014
Nicholas Gerrard regained the New Zealand decathlon title with a solid performance and personal best score of 7375 for the ten events over the weekend.
The 21 year old started with a 100 metres sprint of 11.41 (-2.1) and was just one centimetre short of his personal best in the long jump clearing 7.54m (+2.3). He concluded the first day covering the 400m in 51.28s.
Yesterday his best came in the pole vault where he cleared 4.20m a 10 centimetre improvement on his previous best. He won the title in 2012 and was second to Scott McLaren last year with 7033 points. His latest effort moves him up to tenth on the New Zealand all time list.
The Commonwealth Games standard for selection is 7700 points and Gerrard will attempt to exceed this at the Australian championships in early April.
Gerrard summed up his two days as strong.
“I started off very strong, good 100m into the wind, strong long jump, shot was solid, a solid two metre high jump and the 400m was pretty good. Day two has a lot of room to improve, but a good 119 point personal best so we’re on track for a large total in Aussie,” said Gerrard.
“A score of 7700 is definitely achievable and towards the magical 8000 points,” he added.
The decathlon was won by Kiesuke Ushiro of Japan with a score of 7885. He only took the lead after the pole vault where he cleared 4.90m. Ushiro also won the New Zealand championship event in 2010 in Hamilton with 7711.
Portia Bing likewise is chasing a Commonwealth selection in the heptathlon. Bing easily retained her national title with a score of 5695 for the seven events. In the final event the 800m the 20 year old ran a personal best of 2m 17.37s. Bing who has a best of 5774 will be after the games standard of 5900 at the Australian championships.
Bing was happy on certain things over the two days.
“I had a big PB in the 800m, I ran it a lot different than I have in the past, I actually went out there and gave the first lap a good crack, ran it in 66 seconds which was really good for me.
“It is my first heptathlon in nearly a year so it is good to come back and I’ve just got to work on a few little things for the Aussie champs,” she said.
Aaron Booth secured four individual personal bests in the hurdles, pole vault, shot put and discus throw on his way to winning the junior decathlon title with a PB score of 6287. Alex Mander had a PB 5kg shot put of 13.43m in winning the youth octathlon with a PB score of 5297.
Phoebe Edwards was out to a personal best long jump of 5.32m (+1.6) in winning the youth heptathlon title with a PB score of 4454.
Paige Harwood retained her junior heptathlon title with a score of 4916. Stephen Te Whaiti won the masters M50 decathlon with a score of 6504.
Our thoughts go out to the Technical Delegate to the championships Heather O’Hagan who sustained two chipped bones in her ankle after an accident during the first day of competition We wish Heather a speedy recovery.
Senior: Nicholas Gerrard (NHB) 100m 11.41s 771, long jump 7.54m 945, shot put 14.53m 761, high jump 2.00m 803, 400m 51.28s 757, 110m hurdles 15.42s 799, discus throw 41.37m 692, pole vault 4.20m 673, javelin throw 56.19m 681, 1500m 5m 11.90s 493 total 7375 1, Stephen Buckley (Tak) 6789 2, Jack Henry (Cant) 6355 3. Event won by Kiesuke Ushiro (Japan) 7885.
Junior: Aaron Booth (Wait) 11.67s 717, 6.37m 668, 12.41m 631, 1.91m 723, 54.11s 635, 15.88s 746, 37.84m 621, 3.20m 406, 46.76m 541, 4m 53.35s 599, 6287 1, Max Atwell (Wanganui) 5530 2, Hamish Dewar (Cant) 5263 3.
Youth: Alex Mander (Cant) 100m 12.29s 595, long jump 6.30m 652, shot put 13.43m 693, 400m 53.15s 675, 110m hurdles 15.34s 809, high jump 1.81m 636, javelin throw 42.57m 479, 1000m 2m 50.70s 758, 5297 1, Ben Collerton (Cant) 4898 2, Sam Stewart (Sthld) 4710 3.
Masters: M50; Stephen Te Whaiti (Tauranga) 6504 1, Wayne Doyle (Otago) 6246 2, Paul Davies (Otago) 3961 3. M55; Ian Craven (Otago) 4388 1.
Senior: Portia Bing (NHB) 100m hurdles 13.91s 991, high jump 1.73m 891, shot put 12.07m 666, 200m 24.52s 931, long jump 5.76m 777, javelin throw 35.37m 579, 800m 2m 17.37s 860 total 5695 1, Natalie Booth (Wait) 3638 2.
Junior: Paige Harwood (Pak) 15.19s 817, 1.76m 928, 11.77m 646, 27.34s 684, 5.61m 732, 33.64m 546, 2m 40.83s 563, 4916 1.
Youth: Phoebe Edwards (Wgtn) 14.89s 856, 1.67m 818, 9.27m 482, 26.54s 751, 5.32m 648, 21.33m 314, 2m 38.97s 585, 4454 1, Natasha Eady (Wait) 4424 2, Danica Davies (Otago) 4091 3.
NYRR Millrose Games, The Armory New York – 15 February 2014
Nick Willis ran a personal best indoor mile of 3:53.02 to finish third in the famous Wanamaker Mile at one of the biggest indoor meetings of the USA indoor season. The race won by Willis' friend and training partner Will Leer in 3:52.47. Willis bettered his indoor time of 3:53.54 set in Boston five years ago. Lucy Van Dalen was sixth in the 3000m in a PB 8:53.95. Her previous best was three years ago in Boston where she ran 8:56.77.
Adelaide Track Classic, Santos Stadium – 15 February 2014
Camille Buscomb ran a personal best of 15:56.75 to win the 5000m. The 23 year old cut 5.48 seconds off her previous best recorded on the North Shore in November. Brad Mathas (20) bettered his career best of 1:49.17 at the Hunter Classic in Newcastle last month with third place in the 800m in 1:48.81. Angie Smit was third in the 800m in 2:04.46 and Tarryn Davey tenth in 2:11.97. Arianna Lord was second in the B 800m in 2:13.74. Nneka Okpala was second in the triple jump with 12.93m (+4.2).
Brisbane 7 February:
Althea Mackie HT 41.71m (6).
Western Australia State Championship WA Athletics Stadium Perth, 15/16 February:
Joshua Billington 100m heats 10.76 (+1.9), final 10.88 (+1.7) (2), 200m 22.31 (+2.3) (3), LJ 6.59m (+2.3) (1),
Hong Kong Marathon, 16 February:
Alex Williams (32) was 15th woman and 95th over all in 2:56:33. She was 6th in her age group.
21st Senshu International Marathon, 16 February:
Grant McLean (46) finished 14th and was the second master in 2:37:52. He was representing Wellington City as part of the sister city relationship with Sakai, one of the cities along the marathon route. Over 5000 runners in the race.
Athletics Auckland Meeting, Waitakere – 15 February 2014
Tama Toki collected the sprint double with times of 10.99 (-0.4) over 100m and 21.70 (-1.4) in the 200m. Jono Jackson scored a middle distance double winning the 800m in 1:57.13 and the 3000m in 8:42.01. Zoe Ballantyne won the women’s 100m in 12.74 (-1.8) and 200m in 25.57 (-1.8). Johan Smalberger was out to 62.05m with the javelin.
Auckland City Athletics Meeting, Mt Smart Stadium – 12 February 2014
Incorporating the Auckland 3000m championships: Alex Parlane 8:23.45, Jono Jackson 8:27.02, Josh Maisey 8:34.24, John Schreuder 8:43.62, Michael Whitehead 8:44.69, Michael Banks 8:46.00, Stephen Lett 8:46.19, Conal Wilson U/18 8:50.61. Women; Caroline Mellsop 10:06.74, Audrey Gregan 10:17.98, Anna Bramley 10:28.86, Megan Ratcliffe 10:31.18, Maiya Christini 10:35.99, Imogen Hull 10:48.39.
Isaac Tatoa 60m 6.95 (+3.4), 100m 10.92 (+2.3). James Mortimer 100m 10.94, 200m 21.90 (+2.8). Niven Longopoa 100m H 840mm 13.86 (+1.8). Aron Mago 400m 53.65. Sarah Pearce 800m 2:23.29. Sam Ulufonua U/18 DT 1.5kg 46.26m.
Athletics Waikato Bay of Plenty Meeting, Porritt Stadium – 15 February 2014
Louise Jones won the 100m in 12.15 from Monique Dell 12.20. Dell won the 200m in 25.06 (+3.4) while Jones recorded 54.63 in the 400m. Kristie Baillie ran 56.52 in the 400m. Mikaela Jefferson clocked 48.87 in the 300m hurdles. Tom Smith won the 100m 11.12 and the 200m in 22.26 (+3.8). Ella Pilkington was out to 47.78m with the 4kg HT and Danielle Botha 45.84m. Dylan Brown U/18 400m in 53.88. Richard Callister 1.75kg DT 51.24m and 6kg HT 53.20m. Alexander Parkinson 2kg DT 46.95m and 7.26kg SP 13.17m.
Athletics Wellington Twilight Meeting, Newtown Park – 15 February 2014
Nikki Hamblin won the 1500m in 4:18.52. Saravee Sos sprint double 10.99 (+1.0) and 22.15 (+0.1). Megan Blair 100m 12.79 (+2.7). Jake Collins U/16 400m 56.10. Kate Grinlinton 800m 2:17.05. Kieron McDonald 800m 1:55.47. Nathan Tse U/20 800m 1:56.95. Matthew Harris 1500m 3:51.48. Harry Burnard U/18 3000m 9:43.61. Stephen Day MM 5000m 15:47.09. Stuart Hood U/20 3000m TW 16:52.6. Anna Thomson TJ 11.65m (+2.5). Scott Thomson 14.88m (+2.0).
Mahar Cup, Saxton Field Athletic Track – 15 February 2014
Lucy Sheat of Marlborough winning time in the 200m time of 25.41 broke the girls 16 meet record by a half-second. Her 100m time of 12.22 (+3.0) was under Shannon Francois’ record of 12.5 but was wind-aided. Sheat then held off Nelson’s Amanda Fitisemanu to win the 400m in 58.00 and missed Toni Hodgkinson’s record by three-tenths of a second.
Nelson started the meet with a 3,000m open record from Phil Costley. Only seven days after his Buller Half-Marathon victory, Costley pulled away from team mate Thomas Andersen halfway into the race and finished in 8:53.82. Andersen finished in 9:00.34 and was also under Julian Matthews’ old record of 9:03.2.
Nelson’s Dale Pritchard won the senior men’s discus and then broke his own shot put meet record with 15.91m. The Harold Nelson 1,500m lived up to its billing despite a stiff backstretch breeze. Pacemaker Josh Barry led team mates Mike Lowe and Jeff Lautenslager and Christchurch guests Ben Musson and Tannock Blair through 2:40 for 1,000m before pulling out. The other four were together with 250m remaining, where Musson powered away to victory in 3:57.86. Blair was second in 3:58.37. Lowe was third, but his personal best of 4:00.18 broke the meet record for junior men by more than 10 seconds. Lautenslager was fourth in 4:4.19.
Andrew Kennedy ran a personal best of 50.24 in winning the senior men’s 400m after already taking out the 200m in 22.86 (-1.8) and the 100m in a wind-aided 10.68 (+2.7). Chris Brake won the long jump with 6.34m (+2.1), triple jump with 13.96m (-0.9), and high jump with 2m. He just missed on his final attempt at a meet record 2.04m. Kai Mason won four events – junior men’ s (11.92m) and boys 16 (14.31m) shot put and the junior men’s discus (38.47m) and javelin (47.52m) – and threw a personal best 48.03m to win an exhibition boys 16 javelin.
Athletics Canterbury Meeting, Rawhiti Domain – 15 February 2014
Tom Walsh added over two metres to his previous best discus throw with a throw of 52.99m. Hayden Hall was second with 49.69m. Hall won the shot put 13.39m. Rosa Flanagan won the 3000m in 9:32.18 from Gabrielle Gray 10:19.24, Pippa Trevella 10:23.55 and Amelia Morgan 10:28.08. The under 18 3000m championship went to Sean Eustace 9:02.02 from Cameron Avery 9:04.97 and Josh Browne 9:19.16. Matthew Dryden won the U/20 9:14.18 and Dallas Wichman the SM 9:19.86. Malcolm Cornelius (66) MM 10:14.16. Courtney Ruske 3000m RW 14:26.10. Flora Brocherie 800m 2:17.02. Fiona Morrison LJ 5.57m (+0.4). Emma Sutherland HJ 1.70m. Jade Graham TJ 10.24m (+0.7). Louise Richards U/18 LJ 5.05m (-0.7). Rebecca Gillett U/18 TJ 10.58m (+0.9). Jarvis Hansen U/18 100m 11.75 (+0.1) and LJ 6.12m (+1.5).
Under 18 field events; Max Smith HJ 1.87m, Jason Guan TJ 11.55m (+0.6), Jack Bryant 5kg SP 15.90m, James O’Donoghue 700g JT 42.23m.
Athletics Otago Championships, Caledonian Ground – 15/16 February 2014
Daniel O’Shea completed a sprint treble, winning the 100m 11.34 (-3.0), 200m 21.90 (_0.3) and the 400m 48.41. Larissa Dyke won the women’s 100m 13.11 (-4.9). Brooke Cull was second in 13.18 and she won the 200m 25.00 (+0.4). Sian English won the U/20 1500m 4:39.73 and the 3000m 10:10.92. Aaron Anderson U/18 1500m 4:19.89 and 3000m 9:23.01. Andrew Pohl SM 3000m 8:57.17. Ben Anderson 800m 1:56.15. Robert Jopp U/20 400m 50.50. In her first race back after knee surgery Rosie Robinson won the 3000m RW in 15:29.67. Tori Peeters JT 45.83m. Hamish Finnie SM SP 13.26m. Nicole Bradley SP 11.29m and DT 36.30m.
Athletics Southland Championships, Surrey Park – 15/16 February 2014
Jack Welsh (St Pauls) was the standout over the two days winning the MU18 javelin 41.96m, Discus 46.47m hammer 34.02m and shot put 12.63m. Hinewai Collins (St Pauls) won WU18 shot put 10.26m, discus 32.07m and hammer 29.25m while NZSS silver medallist Yvonne van Baarle (Gore, WU18) had the best javelin mark of 31.00m. Atipa Mabonga (Otautau, WU18) was best the horizontal jumpers (TJ 10.75m, LJ 4.91m) and Caitlin Kenney (St Pauls, WU18 won HJ with 1.62m. Best track performance was from Jordan Rackham with an underdistance 400m prior to the ITM 800m next week, winning in 51.71 ahead of Bradley Pearce 52.71. Also, Jack Beaumont 1500m (Winton, MU18) 4:19.07 1500m, Pearce 800m 2:05.30, Deejay Kennedy (Inv, OM) 100m 11.71, 200m 23.89 and Rebecca Peterson (Inv WU20) 100m 13.13.
ROAD RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 11 February: Luke Hurring 15:59, Sasha Daniels 16:31, Sven Pedersen 16:42.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 12 February: Ryan Williams 17:16, Brad Booysen 18:00, Alannah Lythe 18:07.
Cornwall Park 5km, 15 February: Lee Kang Back 17:25, Hong In Gi 17:43, Gavin Stevens 18:13.
Eastside 5km, 11 February: Adam McCarthy 17:28, Stefan Wagner 17:48, Andrew Wark 17:52. Helen Rountree 17:56.
Parkrun 5km, 15 February: Michael Mannings 17:30, David Chamberlain 18:40, Andrew Rudduck 19:54.
The Clubhouse Sports Bar Summer Series 5km: Hugh Allison 18:23, John Charlton 18:46, Ben Norling 18:50.
Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Series, 11 February: Tomas Bridgeman 16:59, Jason Waite 17:03, Dan Hunt 17:53. Angela Leck 18:33, Amanda Broughton 19:46, Michelle Van Looy 19:47. Walk; Fraser Samson 31:02. Barbara Morrison 32:45.
Lower Hutt Parkrun 5km, 15 February: Paul Barwick 17:15, Huw Crosweller 18:04, Geoff Ferry 18:19.
Porirua 5km, 15 February: Rees Buck 17:15.
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