Above: National championship men's medallists Julian Matthews, Nick Willis and Hamish Carson. Photo by Jo Murray.
Capital Classic, incorporating New Zealand 3000m championship, Newtown Park – 22 January 2016
Nick Willis raced to his third national 3000m title in 8:00.09 with a powerful run over the final lap. His previous titles were also run in Wellington, 2010 in 8:15.12 and 2013 in 7:57.63. The defending champion and winner in 2011 Hamish Carson was second in 8:05.97 with Julian Matthews third in 8:07.40. Malcolm Hicks the 2012 champion was fourth in almost an identical time of 8:07.79.
Rosa Flanagan made it three years in a row for the women’s title. Flanagan dug deep over the final lap to hold out Lucy Oliver in 9:09.33. Oliver recorded 9:10.67 with Lydia O’Donnell third in a PB 9:14.99. Early pace maker and 2012 and 2013 champion Camille Buscomb was fourth in 9:17.37.
Rochelle Coster had wind assisted victories in the 100m in 11.41 and the 100m hurdles in 13.19. Fiona Morrison was second in the hurdles in 13.55 with Veronica Torr third in 13.74.
The New Zealand women’s under 20 relay team of Brooke Somerfield, Lucy Sheat, Zoe Hobbs and Georgia Hulls set a New Zealand under 20 4 x 100m relay record of 45.04. This broke the record set by the New Zealand junior team of Kelly Miller, Jannette Wise, Caroline Hunt and Jane Arnott of 45.57 at the world junior championships in Lisbon Portugal in 1994.
Joseph Millar won the 100m in 10.36 (+1.5) from Kodi Harman and James Mortimer. It was a good warm up for Mortimer as he returned to the track to win the 200m in a PB 21.02 (+1.6) from Millar 21.04 and Harman 21.45. Andrew Whyte won the 400m in 47.54 from Frazer Wickes 47.89. Tama Toki was third in the 400m in 48.06 and he also won the 400m hurdles in 53.83. Michael Dawson ran a personal best 1:52.54 to win the 800m from Daniel Hintz who also clocked a PB 1:54.20. Jack Henry won the 110m hurdles in 14.44 (+4.0) while Michael McElwee was ahead of Sean Lake in the 3000m race walk in 16:34.64.
Marshall Hall won the senior discus with a throw of 58.01m while Siositina Hakeai had the measure of Te Rina Keenan in the women’s discus throwing 55.81m to Keenan’s 54.63m. Palu Fia had a PB 11.59m in the shot put and Emma Ryan also produced a PB of 10.69m. Lauren Bruce sent the hammer out to 56.19m. Anna Thomson cleared 11.92m into a head wind in the triple jump and Elizabeth Lamb was over at 1.81m in the high jump. Sam Pinson cleared 2.02m in the high jump.
James Joycey of Australia won the 6kg hammer with a throw of 54.35m. Aiden Smith threw the 700g javelin 55.99m, Matthew Wyatt had a wind assisted long jump of 7.45m while Alexander Parkinson in the senior discus threw 52.83m and in the shot put was out to 14.85m. Ryan Ballantyne recorded 17.16m with the 6kg shot and Nathaniel Sulupo threw the 1.75kg discus 49.30m.
Cooks Classic, Cooks Gardens – 19 January 2016
Nick Willis became the most prolific sub four miler at Cooks Gardens with his fifth win at the famous ground in 3:55.56. His previous wins have come in 2006, 2012, 2013 and 2014. After Brad Mathas had taken the field through to first half in sub four pace, Willis maintained the pace towing Hamish Carson through to a PB 3:56.72 for 12th place on the New Zealand all-time list and bringing Eric Speakman through to his first sub four with an impressive seven seconds PB of 3:57.30. Speakman becomes the 39th New Zealander to break the barrier, the 63rd sub four at Cooks Gardens and goes to number 16 on the all-time list. Australian Craig Huffer was fourth in 4:00.12 followed by Julian Matthews 4:00.86 and Malcolm Hicks 4:02.12.
Willis previously shared the honour of four wins with Sir John Walker and Hamish Christensen.
Katherine Marshall won the women’s mile in a PB 4:46.71 a six seconds improvement on her second placing last year. Australians filled the next two spots Amelia Mazza-Downie in 4:49.46 and Heidi Demeo 4:50.78. Hannah O’Connor fresh from her junior 3000m title in Hastings was fourth in her mile debut in 4:57.54.
Lucy Sheat recorded a career best in the 200m of 24.31 (-2.1) in beating Zoe Hobbs 24.50 and Kendra Hubbard of Australia 24.53. Joseph Millar was around the bend in 21.39 (-0.4) heading in Aussie Alexander Carew 22.01 and Kodi Harman 22.11 in the 200m. Scott Burch won the 400m in 48.97 while Phill Simms took out the 400m hurdles in 52.55. Stuart Farquhar sent the javelin out to 76.54m with Ben Langton-Burnell not far behind with 75.55m. Jordan Peters and Alex Mander both cleared 1.93m in the high jump and Scott Thomson was out to 14.70 (+1.1) in the triple jump and Atipa Mabonga reached 11.69m (+0.3). Kelsey Berryman won the long jump with 5.96m (-1.6).
Summer Series, Mt Smart Stadium – 23 January 2016
Triple title holder in the junior boys at the New Zealand secondary schools championships James Guthrie-Croft achieved his second personal best time within a week.
The 15 year old sped to an all-time best in the 100m of 10.97 (+1.2), after earlier winning the 60m in 7.11 (+1.7). The previous week he brought his career best 200m time down to 21.87 (+1.6).
Abby Goldie of Tauranga, the 2014 national youth sprint champion, won the women’s 60m in 7.69 (+0.1) and the 100m in 12.13 (+0.5). Oliver Miller won the 400m in 49.93 while Nick Berry despite the hot conditions ran a personal best 1500m of 4:07.12. Former New Zealand equestrian representative and bronze medallist in the 2014 national 800m Anna Bramley comfortably won the women’s 1500m in 4:58.92. Jamie Sowter was second in the 100m and won the long jump clearing 5.58m (+3.0) also 5.27m (+1.2). Natalie Booth was the best in the 100m hurdles in 14.89 (+2.5) and was out to 5.25m (+2.7) also 4.99m (0.0) in the long jump. Michael Banks was a clear winner of the 3000m steeplechase in 9:51.03. National youth men’s hammer throw champion Scott Gregory of Whangarei set personal bests of 15.44m in the 6kg shot put and 47.39m in the 1.75kg discus throw. 15 year old Mellata Tatola was out to a PB 4kg shot put of 12.83m.
Twilight Meeting, Saxton Field Athletic Track – 22 January 2016
Eloise Beattie F14 400m 66.95, 1500m 5:40.24. Jake Nicholls M18 1500m 4:24.51. Adam Stack M13 SP 12.20m, HJ 1.48m. Joe Ford M15 DT 35.84m. Bailey Cotton M17 100m 11.46 (+1.4). Oscar Field 60m 7.62 (+0.6) and 100m 12.10 (+1.4).
Athletics Canterbury Meeting, Rawhiti Domain – 23 January 2016
Anna Percy (19) 100m 12.79 (-0.6), 200m 26.58 (+1.0). Kate Newitt 2000m RW 10:10.82. Caitlin Dickinson (16) 3kg HT 40.80m. Hayden Hall 800g JT 54.56m. Sam Harris U/18 TJ 12.56m (-2.0). Ben Collerton U/20 HJ 1.90m, 400m 55.40, 1.75kg DT 38.62m. Angus Bailey 1500m 4:15.74. Ari Graham 1500m 5:00.90 mx. Connor Melton 3000m 9:10.36. Nicki McFadzien 3000m 9:56.17 mx. Angie Petty 400m 57.55 mx, 200m 26.78 (-0.6) mx. Zoe van Eekelen 200m 26.71 (-0.6) mx.
Strive Meeting Perth
, 14/15 January: Michael Cochrane 400m 48.36 (1).
Texas A & M Invite Indoors,
College Station, 15 January: Craig Lautenslager mile 4:12.70 (1), Tom Stringer mile 4:29.04 (12), Mike Lowe 3000m 8:20.39 (1), Craig Lautenslager 5000m 14:41.38 (1). Shauna Pali mile 5:04.13 (1).
Ed Jacoby Invite Indoors
, Nampa, 15 January: Jeff Lautenslager mile 4:16.40 (2r2). Cody Thomas, heptathlon 60m 6.97, LJ 6.98m PB, SP 11.64m, HJ 2.05m, 60m H 8.53, PV 4.25m PB, 1000m 3:01.92, total points 5324 (2). Chris Brake HJ 1.96m, LJ 6.67m, TJ 13.71m.
Illini Classic Indoors
, Champaign, 15 January: Tannock Blair mike 4:23.63 (3r2).
Great Dane Classic Indoors
, Staten Island, 16 January: Amy Shaw 3000m 9:45.15 (2).
JD Martin Invitational Indoors
, Norman, 16 January: Anneke Grogan 3000m 10:29.79 (3).
Lumberjack Challenge Indoors
, Flagstaff, 16 January: Torie Owers SP 16.71m (1).
Former New Zealand long jump champion Lawrie Croxson
of Turangi died on Friday 15 January 2016 at Waikato Hospital aged 77.
Competing for Wellington, Croxson became the first New Zealand 25 foot long jumper, in winning the national title in Palmerston North in 1959. He jumped 25ft 2in (7.67m). Unfortunately it was wind assisted and unable to be claimed as a New Zealand record. Rival at the time Dave Norris recalls that Croxson had an immaculate hitch kick and was particularly strong off the board. Peter Heidenstrom notes in his book Athletes of the Century that he never seen anyone, even at the Olympics, spring so high in the air. Croxson, who was a dentist, also won the 1962 New Zealand title in Auckland with 7.46m. The former New Zealand Dental Association Executive Director was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to dental health in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday honours.
ROAD AND TRAIL RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 19 January: Tony Payne 15:39, Ciaran Faherty 16:17, Niclas Alexandersson 16:22.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 20 January: Gene Rand 17:30, Rob Mulcahy 17:45.
Cornwall Park Parkrun 5km, 23 January: Jacob Holmes 18:05, Gavin Butler 18:10, Chris Robb 18:13.
Millwater Parkrun 5km, 23 January: Sam Thom 18:36.
Western Springs Parkrun 5km, 23 January: Rick Tombling 18:19.
Eastside 5km, 19 January: Matt Scott 17:06, Malcolm King 17:33, Cullum McDonald 17:45. Charli Miller 18:39.
Lake Parkrun 5km, 23 January: Emlyn Williams 17:44.
Smith’s Sports Shoes 5km, 21 January: Nelson Bass 17:38.
Waterfront 5km, 19 January: Liam Carson 16:25, Nick Sasse 16:32, Patrick Williamson 16:38. Jean Kozyniak 17:55.
Trentham 5km series, 19 January: Neil Sampson 17:43, Josh Campbell 18:11, Sarah Gardner 18:22.
Lower Hutt Parkrun 5km, 23 January: Geoff Ferry 18:20, Nic Orr 18:29, Sarah Gardner 19:00.
Kapiti Parkrun 5km, 23 January: Tom Bland 17:30.
Zumo Morning Coffee 5km, 20 January: Kim Hogarth 16:36, Brent Edwards 17:12, David Ayre 17:49.
Shoe Clinic 5km Series, North Hagley Park, 19 January: Mark Bailey 15:20, Christopher Dryden 15:48, Zac Barber 15:59. Nicki McFadzien 16:24, Isla Smith 19:15, Tracy Croft 19:43.
Hagley Parkrun 5km, 23 January: Ciaran Hickey 18:47.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent