Above: Valerie Adams in action winning the shot put at the Diamond League meeting in Rabat, Morocco. Photo by Fadel Senna / Getty Images.
IAAF Diamond League, International Meeting Mohammed VI Athletics, Rabat – 22 May 2016
Valerie Adams won the shot put with 19.68m, just one centimetre short of her 2014 meeting record. Adams beat world indoor championship silver medallist Hungarian Anita Márton (18.51) and American Brittany Smith (17.84).
Adams series in the competition 18.93, 19.30, 19.20, 19.48, 19.68, 19.64.
Adams next competition will be Rome Golden Gala Diamond League on 2 June.
Swarthmore Final Qualifier
, Swarthmore PA, 16 May: Julian Matthews secured a Rio Olympic Games A performance standard with an outstanding run and personal best of 3:36.14 after finishing second in the 1500m. Hamish Carson was equally impressive in third, finishing just 0.11 behind Matthews, recording 3:36.25, a personal best by 1.79, just outside the A standard of 3:36.20, but comfortably under the NZ B standard of 3:37.20.
Eric Speakman also secured a career best of 3:37.85 in sixth. Nick Willis provided the ideal pace for three quarters of the race.
Big Sky Championships
, Greeley CO, 12 May: Emily Roughan 1500m 4:44.28 (10h2).
The American Championship
, Orlando FL, 12 May: Anneke Grogan 5000m 17:36.92 (15). 14 May: Bailey Stewart 400m 47.77 (3h2). 15 May: Bailey Stewart 400m 47.94 (7). Anneke Grogan 3000m steeplechase 11:03.18 (9).
, Murfreesboro TN, 12 May: Tom Stringer 1500m 4:07.83 (8h2). Mike Lowe 5000m 14:46.08 (12). 15 May: Tom Stringer 5000m 15:37.21 (27). Mike Lowe 10,000m 31:10.35 (5).
, Monmouth OR, 13 May: Cody Thomas 100m 11.07 (-2.6) (2h2), 11.45 (-1.5) (8)., 200m 22.13 (-1.8) (2h2), 110m H 14.93 (-2.7) (2h2), 15.37 (+0.8) (6). 14 May: 200m 22.86 (-2.4) (5). HJ 1.96m (2). Chris Brake HJ 1.96m (4).
Big East Championships
, Geneva IL, 13 May: Julian Oakley 1500m 3:52.68 (2h1). 14 May: 1500m 3:57.07 (6).
, Toledo OH, 14 May: Amy Shaw 5000m 17:30.02 (11).
ESU Sam Williams Twilight
, Emporia KS, 14 May: Michael Vercoe-Curtis 1500m 3:57.07 (2).
Mountain West Championship
, Fresno CA, 14 May: Jeff Lautenslager 1500m 3:52.63 (6).
, Seattle WA, 14 May: Olivia Burdon 1500m 4:18.33 PB (1h2). Torie Owers SP 16.19m (3). 15 May: Olivia Burdon 1500m 4:19.44 (6), Greer Alsop TJ 12.25m (+0.3) (5), Sophie Hallam-Eames DT 45.26m PB (10).
, Portland OR, 15 May: Evan Elder 5000m 14:33.30 (10).
Hoka One One
, Eagle Rock CA, 20 May: Malcolm Hicks 5000m 13:54.80 (23). Lucy Oliver 5000m 15:39.30 (12).
Windsor Open Meeting
, Windsor, 21 May: Hamish Carson got a confidence boosting win over 1500m in 3:36.65, but was just short of the Rio Olympic A qualifying time of 3:36.20.
Julian Matthews finished third in 3:36.94 with Eric Speakman running a personal best 3:37.44 in fifth. Nick Willis provided the pace.
With Willis having already been selected for Rio, two spots remain in the blue-ribbon event in which New Zealand has won three Olympic golds, a silver and two bronze medals.
BMC Grand Prix
, Manchester, 14 May: Katherine Marshall 800m 2:05.50 (5rB).
Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m
, Parliament Hill Track, Hampstead Heath London, 21 May: Paul Martelletti 10,000m 29:26.2 PB (8).
Great Manchester 10km Road Race
, 22 May: Zane Robertson 28:54 (4). This time was a PB in a 10km race but Robertson has a faster 28:04 10km from the 2013 Chiba Ekiden Relay. Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele won the Manchester race in 28:08.
Championships des Clubs
, Sotteville-les-Rouen, 22 May: Portia Bing 400m hurdles 58.89 (2).
Championships des Clubs
, Aix-en-Provence, 22 May: Matt Bloxham hammer 63.09.
, Hengelo, 22 May: Camille Buscomb 5000m 15:40.15 (8).
Nick Southgate, competing in the pole vault at a competition in Lisbon cleared 5.40m, just shy of his personal best of 5.47m, but may have the satisfaction of setting a national indoor record as the competition was moved indoors due to bad weather.
Throwers Meeting, Porritt Stadium – 22 May 2016
Rio bound shot putter Jacko Gill was out to 20.00m in the shot put. He also threw 19.87m and 19.81m. Julia Ratcliffe won the hammer throw with 68.20m just over a metre short of her New Zealand allcomers and resident record. Amber Brown was second with the 4kg in 45.69m PB. Anthony Nobilo threw the 5kg hammer 60.01m and the 1.5kg discus 39.89m. In the women’s discus Siositina Hakeai threw 57.48m and Te Rina Keenan 54.16m. Connor Bell 1.25kg DT 54.20m.
Narrows Cross Country Relay – 21 May 2016
Fastest times for the 3.3km circuit, Harry Ewing 10:56, Jai Davies-Campbell 11:10, Isaiah Priddey 11:13. Women; Nicole Mitchell 12:27, Charli Miller 12:49, Olivia Ritchie 12:58.
93rd Vosseler Shield Mountain Races, Mt Victoria – 21 May 2015
World cross country junior 2005 representative Tim Hodge won the senior 10km in 40:45 from Nathan Tse 41:28 and Brian Garmonsway 41:46. Stephen Day took out the MM40 in 41:38 and David Kettles the MM50 in 46:36. Paul Sharp won the MM60 5km in 24:22. Amanda Broughton won the women’s 5km in 23:23, from Jo Crawford 23:31 and Lizzy Bunckenburg 24:28. Renae Creser won the MW in 25:32, Victoria Humphries the MW 50 in 24:36 and Michele Allison the MW60 in 28:14. Harry Burnard MU20 winner with 19:52 for 5km, from Rusi Jagose 20:00. Max Karamanolis won the MU15 3.7km in 12:30. Other winners over 3.7km, Jess Kikstra U20 in 14:20 from Kelsey Forman 14:22, Phoebe McKnight U18 13:28 from Jayme Maxwell 14:33 and Esther Kozyniak U15 in 14:29.
Ekiden Walking Relay, Race Walking NZ road relay championship, Trentham – 15 May 2015
The A division, fully judged, was won by Racewalking Auckland in for them the slow time of 4:05:42. During the race, two of their five team members had to be replaced during their legs due to injury. Taranaki Race Walking Club was second in 4:17:48 and Wellington Scottish were third in 4:31:55. The B Division, partially judged, was won by Trentham United A. C. in 4:38:37 from Manawatu/Wanganui 4:51:09 and Wellington Scottish 4:59:56. This is the tenth year the relay has been held and this year the outstanding walk was by Laura Langley of Hastings, walking for Auckland who did her 10km leg in 53:18.
Athletics Wellington Awards – 18 May 2016
James Preston and Alison Andrews-Paul were announced as male and female athlete of the year at the annual awards at the Dockside Bar and Restaurant. Andrews-Paul was also named senior woman middle distance athlete and Preston was named jointly with Hamish Carson as the senior middle distance runner of the year. Max Spencer and Phoebe McKnight each collected two awards and Phoebe Edwards was a multiple winner on the night. Her coach Mike Ritchie was named coach of the year with Amanda Goldsmith taking out the junior coach award. Brother and sister Scott and Anna Thomson collected the jumper of the year awards. Scott sharing the men with Sam Pinson.
Jim McIlroy received the official award and Don Dalgliesh and Peter Rendall were made Life Members of Athletics Wellington.
Thirty awards were presented to recipients throughout the greater Wellington and Wairarapa region. They covered track and field, cross country and relay events for athletes, coaches and volunteers.
Holloway Memorial Cross Country Races, Old Ascot Golf Course – 21 May 2016
Four times national 3000m steeplechase champion Fiona Crombie won the senior women’s 6km in in 22:28 from Angela Whyte 23:37 and Elise Sutherland 24:28. Maggie Chorley was the fastest master winning the MW45 in 23:59. 2012 national half marathon champion Oska Inkster-Baynes won the senior 8km in 25:10 from Sean Eustace 25:20 and Ben Musson 25:56. Chris Mardon won the MM45 in 27:27. The junior men 6km went to Nick Moulai in 19:43 from Mathew Scott 20:23 and Matthew Clough won the youth men 4km in 14:05 from Ayrton Shadbolt 14:16. Liliana Braun won the youth women 4km in 14:42 from Harriet Bush 15:18 and Navajo Prentice 15:35. The junior women’s 4km was won by Mairi Law 16:11 and Natalie Dryden 16:17.
Gore Half Marathon – 22 May 2016
Jack Beaumont ran within 50 seconds of the course record to win the half in 1:11:30 despite rain, hail, strong winds and a wind chill that took temperatures down to low single digits. The hilly course is not a fast one in the best of conditions and these certainly were not the best of conditions. The U20 mountain running champion from the previous weekend said he had to battle hard in the wind over the early stages but once wind was behind him he was able to pick up the pace, covering the final 5km in 15 mins. Otago’s Shaun Barlow was second over the line, almost 11 minutes in arrears in 1:22:10 but took the masters title while Jack McNaughton (1:23:10) finished third and first U20. Hannah Miller (Gore) was almost as dominant in the women’s race, running 1:24:57, over six minutes ahead of Natasha Poole. Debbie Telfer was first masters woman in 1:39:36.
ROAD AND TRAIL RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
Parkrun 5km, 21 May: Chris Mills 17:03, Ken Walker 18:45, Albert Haag 19:06.
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 17 May: Steven Langdon 15:52, Brad Luiten 16:10, Chris Wharam 16:41. Melanie Burke 18:24, Nadine Fromont 19:25, Meghan Stewart 20:49.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 18 May: Euan Grigor 17:42, Andrew Cave 19:05, Sally Jackson 19:40.
Barry Curtis Parkrun 5km, 21 May: James Kuegler 18:15, Chris Webb 19:00.
Cornwall Park Parkrun 5km, 21 May: Gavin Butler 18:26, Daniel Chen 18:42, James Wharton 18:51.
Millwater Parkrun 5km, 21 May: Michael Robinson 18:57.
Run Auckland Series, Barry Curtis Park Botany, 22 May: Brad Luiten 33:49, Julian Ng 35:57, Richard Conyngham 36:10. Women; Dale Berrill 41:56. 5km; Brad Barron 18:18, Martin Monks 18:51. Isabella Richardson 20:44, Sophie Atkinson 20:46.
Lake Parkrun 5km, 21 May: Matthew Grenfell 18:11, Joe Morgan 18:17, Benjamin Moody 18:43. Kristen Milne 19:45.
Lower Hutt Parkrun 5km, 21 May: Sarah Gardner 17:31, Alastair Willis 17:33, Andrew Lonie 17:40. Rebecca Elliott second woman 18:53.
Porirua Parkrun 5km, 21 May: Philip Opie 17:41, Mark Bouwman 18:47, Warwick Smith 19:33.
Hagley Parkrun 5km, 21 May: Nicholas Jackson 17:43, Neil Christian 18:23.
Botanic Garden Parkrun 5km, 21 May: Jake Jackson-Grammer 17:57, Jonah Smith 18:23.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent