BACK TO THE ‘80s at Hawera’s Jumps to Music 7
28 of New Zealand’s best high jumpers and long jumpers arrived in small town New Zealand last night for the Seventh edition of Jumps to Music. Athletics Hawera continues to provide our jumpers with a quality evening that includes a great competition, after meet dinner, gift bags for athletes, coaches, officials and the music techs.
First place Long Jumper and meet organiser Ashleigh Bennett says who enters first is a sign of how our athletes feel about Jumps to Music. “The first people to enter are our best jumpers”, she said before the competition started. “Hamish Kerr, Keeley O’Hagan, Marcus Wolton, Matthew Wyatt, Emma Sutherland. When we get that kind of response, we know we are going to have a great night.”
Hawera’s notorious weather was relatively kind to the athletes. There was a side wind in the long jump which did cause a headwind as it swirled around the now expected five buses. There were head winds in both directions, so all the long jumps had negative wind readings. However, Ashleigh opened her season with a win (5.66) over long-time rival Briana Stephenson of Auckland (5.52) followed by multi-event star Kayla Goodwin at 5.51 out of Hamilton.
In the men’s long jump, Matt Wyatt of Auckland travelled down to continue his comeback with an impressive 7.10 into a -2.8 zephyr. Matt is a favourite of the crowd and always produces a good jump in Hawera. He was followed by fellow Aucklander Matthew Aucamp who produced a PB of 6.63 and schoolboy Quinn Hartley of Southland who also jumped 6.63 but was pipped for second because Matthew had a better second-best effort.
In the Women’s high jump, Wellington’s Josephine Reeves was in a tight tussle with experienced competitor Emma Sutherland out of Hastings. Both women popped over 1.73 but only Josephine was able to wriggle over 1.77 for the wind. Third place was claimed by both Imogen Skelton out of Wellington and Keeley O’Hagan, now competing out of Canterbury. Both women cleared 1.69.
The men’s high jump was pumping right along with 5 men clearing 1.97 before things slowed a bit. Hamish Kerr shoed his class by winning another Jumps to Music gold but ultimately clearing, for him, a pedestrian 2.13. Still early in his prep for the Northern Hemisphere summer season, Hamish always shows up at Jumps to Music and gives the best he has at this point in his season. Unfortunately, his training partner, and crowd favourite, Marcus Wolton had to pull out due to a foot injury. That left it to Jaundre Pienaar of Hamilton to take out second with a PB 1.97. Third went to Quinn Hartley who collected his second medal of the evening, also jumping 1.97.
Great comments from athletes, coaches, supporters and online viewers of the live stream leads the local team headed by Ashleigh with invaluable assistance from her Mum Meredith to look forward to Jumps to Music 8 next January.