Athletics Auckland Championships, Douglas Track & Field Waitakere – 1/2 March 2014
A week after setting a New Zealand national 400m hurdles record in Perth Michael Cochrane broke the New Zealand resident record recording 49.94 at the Auckland championships. His time in Perth was 49.72.
Cochrane said that he didn’t know what to expect.
“I came into this race to repeat what I did in Perth, same stride pattern, but under less pressure which is always hard with less adrenalin going. But I managed to do it; easy down the back straight with the tail wind and then the home run; man that was hard into the head wind,” said Cochrane.
To get a clean sweep of all the New Zealand records Cochrane needs to better Alan Pascoe’s time of 48.83 set at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games for the all-comers record.
At the moment Cochrane is just two hundredths of a second outside qualifying for the Commonwealth Games.
“I’m down to race in Sydney in two weeks then Melbourne a week after that and then the New Zealand championships and if I haven’t got it by then (the Games qualifying time) I’ll go to the Aussie champs.
Cameron French was second in 50.96 with Peter Callagher third in 53.25.
For the second week in a row Zoe Ballantyne clocked 58.44 for the 400m hurdles. While in the U/18 300m hurdles Niven Longopoa recorded a personal best of 40.41.
Tama Toki went under 47 seconds for the first time in winning the Auckland 400m title in 46.77. His previous best was 47.16 in finishing second in the 2012 national championship. Toki headed in national schools champion Bailey Stewart who improved on his career best to 47.61 and Daniel Dyet who also ran a personal best of 47.87 in third. Toki is now ranked 16th on the New Zealand all time list.
Toki said that everything is coming together well at this stage of the season.
“I’ve run a couple of 47 second 400s this season so it is really nice to get under 47 for the first time, I’m stoked,” said Toki.
“I’m with some awesome guys in a training group under Joe Hunter which is good,” he added.
Stewart also won the U/20 200m in 22.70 and the 800m in convincing fashion in 1:55.15.
Louise Jones was equally impressive in the women’s 400m with a personal best 53.57 taking her to 12th on the national women’s all time list. Ballantyne was just outside her best in second in 54.68.
Jones the national champion in 2010 and 2011 said that the Commonwealth Games performance standard of 51.25 is achievable.
“I’m absolutely stoked about it, because I’ve been training my backside off for the last couple of weeks so it’s now starting to pay off,” said Jones.
She is now coached by Chris Williams which she says is working really well.
Rochelle Coster won the women’s 100m in 11.92. Sarah Cowley won the triple jump with 11.74m and was second to Liz Lamb in the high jump both clearing 1.85m.
Camille Buscomb followed up her 4:15.27 clocking over 1500m in Perth last weekend with a front running winning performance of 4:20.23, beating Lydia O’Donnell by three seconds. Buscomb doubled up taking out the 800m as well in a personal best 2:08.21, beating her time of 2:11.21 at the 2012 Sylvia Potts Classic.
Buscomb said that she is learning to go out hard from the start in her races.
“It was really windy, I didn’t peak for these races as I did a 5000m time trial on Wednesday and ran an 18 second PB of 15:38. I just want to keep training and racing hard to push myself to the next level,” she said.
Buscomb will race over 5000m in Sydney and 1500m in Melbourne.
Matthew Wyatt was out to a personal best of 7.64m in the long jump, while 17 year old Hamish Kerr was over the high jump bar at 2.03m to equal the Auckland under 18 record. Benedict Chong Wong showed real aggression in sending the 6kg shot out to 18.11m. Nicholas Southgate added 5cm to his personal best in the pole vault clearing 5.15m.
Mike Parker set a New Zealand masters M60 3000m race walking record of 13:57.11 breaking Gary Little’s 2004 time of 13:58.13. Corinne Smith of Whangarei went close to the W45 record with a personal best 3000m walk of 14:54.99.
James Mortimer won the 200m in 22.27 and was second in the 100m in 11.26, won by Isaac Tatoa in 11.01. Other highlights from the two days of competition, Todd Swanson TJ 14.00m, Johan Smalberger JT 65.16m, Stephanie Wrathall JT 43.72m, Marshall Hall DT 55.66m, Jerram Huston SP 15.11m, Hamish Carson 800m 1:54.51, Siositina Hakeai DT 57.16m and Te Rina Keenan SP 14.01m.
North Shore Bays Club Night, Millennium Stadium – 25 March 2014
800m: Michael Whitehead 1:53.26, Ben Moynihan 1:53.35, Alex Parlane 1:55.00, Alex Beddoes 1:55.01, Joshua Tattley 1:56.24.
Athletics Waikato Bay of Plenty Open Meeting, Porritt Stadium – 1 March 2014
Very hot and very low key meeting, most athletes at the Auckland championships. Leanna Ryan (South Canterbury), U/20 100m 12.73 (+1.1), 100m H 15.29 (NWI), LJ 5.46m (NWI). Tom Smith U/20 100m 11.17 (+1.6).
Bayleys Mountain to Surf Marathon – 2 March 2014
Samuel Corbett won in 2:39:58 from Andrew Shreeve 2:47:06, David Coates 2:47:18, Chris Corney 2:49:11 and Damian Grover 2:49:19. Katrin Gottschalk was the first woman in 2:57:35, from Louise Kowalewski 3:06:22 and Nelda Hazelhurst 3:20:07. The marathon walk went to David Wackrow 4:33:04 and Lee McCracken 4:51:59. The half marathon was won by David Mcguinness 1:18:58 from Trent Davis 1:26:31. Nyla Carroll won the women’s half in 1:24:21 from Lydia Veal 1:27:45. The half walk won by John Wesseling 2:14:47 and Caroline Speirs 2:35:35.
Athletics Wellington Meeting, Newtown Park – 1 March 2014
Grant McLean set a Wellington M45 3000m record of 9:14.63, just under Ross Jackson’s 1994 record of 9:14.65. Rowan Hooper won the masters 3000m in 8:42.23 from Stephen Day 9:09.30. Phoebe Edwards U/18 100m 12.96 (+0.5). Kathryn Stuart SW 100m 12.73 (+0.2) and 200m 25.83 (-0.6). Alex Howden U/20 100m 11.16 (+2.7) and 200m 22.98 (+1.1). Saravee Sos SM 100m 11.30 (-1.7), 150m 16.22 (+1.6) and 200m 22.01 (+1.1). Kate Grinlinton 800m 2:18.19. Marcus Karamanolis U/20 800m 1:57.36 from Nathan Tse 1:57.59. Harry Burnard U/18 5000m 17:14.27. Jack Henry SM 110m H 15.45 (+1.4). Anna Thomson U/20 TJ 11.57m (+2.8).
Athletics Canterbury Championships, Aorangi Park – 1/2 March 2014
Angie Smit was less than a second outside Toni Hodgkinson’s New Zealand resident record in winning the 800m in 2:01.79. This puts Smit number two in the world for 2014. Smit also won the 400m in 54.39 and the 1500m in 4:18.84. Flora Brocherie clocked 2:11.76 and 4:30.32. Rosa Flanagan ran 4:25.25 for 1500m and improved her national Under 19 record to 10:08.84 for the 3000m Steeplechase. Fiona Morrison treble 100m 12.08 (+0.1), 200m 25.12 (-0.6) and 100m H 13.93 (-1.6). Jacob Matson 100m 10.90 (+2.4) and 200m 22.22 (+0.3). Brad Mathas 49.53 400m, 1:49.81 800m and 3:53.19 1500m. Daniel O’Shea won the 400m in 47.40 and the 400m H 51.75. Oska Inkster-Baynes 5000m 15:26.14. James Sandilands U/20 110m H 14.74 (-1.8). Harriet Bush U/18 1500m 4:44.10. Courtney Ruske 3000m RW 13:49.89. Ruby Cochrane DT 40.62m Tori Peters JT 45.64m. Lauren Bruce HT 53.96m, U/20 54.47m.
Big East Indoor champs, Armory Track NY 22 February. Laura Nagel 3000m 9:07.26 (1)
Conference indoor champs, Armory Track NY 24 February: Olivia Burne 1000m 2:48.33 (1).
Conference indoor champs, Birmingham Ala 28 February: Katherine Camp 800m 2:07.49.
Strive Interclub, WA Athletics Stadium Perth, 28 February: Joshua Billington 100m 10.89 (+0.6) (3).
ROAD RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 25 February: Stuart Grange 16:12, Johnny McKee 16:58, Jon-Paul Henrickson 17:06. Florence Reynolds 18:57.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 26 February: Alannah Lythe 17:50, Brad Booysen 18:04, Shaun Cooper 18:59.
Eastside 10km, 25 February: Jai Davis-Campbell 16:56, Kerry Goodhue 17:08, Kent Hodgson 17:38. Helen Rountree 17:38, Kovo Kowalewski 19:24.
Parkrun 5km, 1 March: Mitch Durbridge 17:32, Brendan Woolerton 17:58, Seb Ellice 18:32.
The Clubhouse Sports Bar Summer Series 5km, 25 February: Hugh Allison 18:22, Ben Norling 18:26, Pat Sells 19:39.
Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Series, 25 February: Andy Ford 16:53, Peter Stevens 17:18, Mark Brocklehurst 17:55. Rebecca Keat 18:51, Madeline Munro 19:31, Lizzy Buckenberg 19:53. Walk Fraser Samson 31:17, Richard Willis 31:32. Barbara Morrison 33:01, Leanne Palmer 35:19.
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