17 Feb 2020

Weekly Round Up: February 17

Weekly Round Up: February 17

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Welcome to the Athletics New Zealand Weekly Round Up.

This week's edition includes:

  • NZ Track & Field results
  • International results from Australia, the USA, Ireland and South Africa
  • Road and Trail race results from around the country
Murray McKinnon
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent
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New Zealand Competition Results

Porritt Classic Meeting, Porritt Stadium – 15 February 2020

Julia Ratcliffe came within 15cm of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games in the hammer throw, however the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion had the satisfaction of improving on her own New Zealand allcomers, resident and national record with a throw of 72.35m. This bettered her allcomers and resident record of 70.76m, set in Tauranga last week and her 71.39m national record, set in Townsville last June. Her series was 71.69m, 70.98m, 70.05m, 67.97m, 70.26m, 72.35m. Lauren Bruce was second with 67.44m and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Alexandra Hulley of Australia third throwing 67.15m.

In a close finish with Mikael Starzynski, James Harding (16) dug deep to win the Permit D 800m in a New Zealand U17 record of 1:51.19. Harding, the national secondary schools 800m champion, bettered Jason Stewart’s 1998 record of 1:51.49, set on the North Shore. Starzynski ran a PB 1:51.32 improving on his 1:53.31 at the Potts Classic. Liam Back who only just made it to the starting line, was third in a PB 1:53.08 and Rowan Blaikie was fourth also in a PB of 1:53.34.

Tom Walsh was out to 21.35m in the shot put after a good series of 20.81, 21.27, 21.14, x 20.82 and the winning 21.35m. Walsh said the freedom was there, compared to his opening hit out of 21.10m in Hastings three weeks ago. “I had four really good free cracks at it without trying and without pushing, because when I try and push it, it doesn’t work for me. So to have four good cracks at it and just not line them up, it’s coming and I know I’m in good shape,” said Walsh.

The world indoor champion said it was frustrating that he won’t be travelling to China next month to defend his title. “I won’t get a chance to retain my title, which is frustrating because I love world indoors.I love competing in the New Zealand singlet and I don’t do it that much, once or twice a year and to have that taken away from me is a bit frustrating, but I think they’ve definitely made the right choice with the virus and we’re now going to Brisbane which is a week later instead,” he added.

Ryan Ballantyne in second had another personal best of 19.64m. He has improved in each of his three competitions this season, following on from 19.33m in Hastings and 19.37m in Melbourne. Jan Jeuschede of Germany was third with 18.70m. Dame Valerie Adams improved on her Tokyo Olympic Games qualifying shot put of 18.65m at the Potts Classic,to 18.81m. Sarah Mitton of Canada was second with 18.30m and Brittany Crew of Canada third with 17.87m.

Nick Willis was reminiscent of his victory at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games when he shot to the lead at the bell. In similar fashion Willis carried on for a convincing win in the 1500m recording 3:46.71. 2017 national champion Eric Speakman was second in 3:49.24 with William Sinclair third in 3:49.65 PB.

Willis summed up his race as easy, hard and difficult, but not too bad. “It was a good hard hit out, I felt good. My coaches and I talked about practicing running a good last 400m and in the home straight even though I had a big lead I was far from easy and tying up a bit,” said Willis. “I’m enjoying being back on home soil, I’ve got four races lined up, Auckland, Wellington, the nationals and Christchurch. It’s a great privilege to be still doing this at 36.”

Zoe Hobbs just back from Canberra and a fresh New Zealand relay record,set a meeting record of 11.65 -0.6 in the 100m improving on Rochelle Coster’s 2011 time of 11.68. Hobbs said that she wanted to compete as it was a permit race. “It felt pretty heavy as I’m a bit sore after Canberra, we flew back yesterday and drove here, all in the whole day, not the ideal build up, but I wanted to give it a go because it’s the permit 100m. Not ideal, but I got it done and that’s the good thing,” said Hobbs.

Rosie Elliott was second in 11.83 and Brooke Somerfield third in 11.98. Edward Osei-Nketia repeated the sprint double from last year in times of 10.81 +0.2 over 100m and 21.86 -0.9 in the 200m. Katherine Camp went to an early lead in the women’s 1500m which she won in a personal best 4:15.09 from fast finishing Angie Petty who recorded 4:16.20. Camp improved on her winning time of 4:15.14 last year.

Christopher Douglas of Australia won the 400m hurdles in 50.80, Matthew Denny of Australia the discus with a throw of 62.85m, Takuto Kominami of Japan the javelin throw with 77.34m, Matthew Wyatt long jump 7.22m +1.2, Jayden Williamson high jump 2.03m, Georgia Hulls 200m 24.20 +0.6, Ellen Schaef 800m in 2:11.10 from Emma Douglass PB 2:11.80, Fiona Morrison 100m hurdles 13.92 -1.9, Kiana Hawn 400m hurdles 60.67 PB from Celine Pearn 60.87 PB, Te Rina Keenan discus 53.55m, Ashley Pryke of Canada javelin throw 49.28m, Briana Stephenson long jump 5.90m -0.7, Kayla Goodwin triple jump 12.53m -1.3 and Josephine Reeves high jump 1.78m. The Dick Quax boys 1500m was won by Zane Powell in 3:56.55 and the Dianne Rodger girls 1500m went to Jemima Antoniazzi in 4:38.81. Mitch Joynt and Danielle Aitchison both won their respective Para Athlete 100m and 200m.

New Zealand records set: Julia Ratcliffe (Hamilton) hammer throw 72.35m (NZ allcomers, resident and national record). James Harding (Auckland) 800m 1:51.19 (NZ under 17 record).
Meeting records set: Shuhei Ishikawa (Japan) 110m hurdles 13.94 -1.4. Zoe Hobbs 100m 11.65 -0.6. Anneliese Rubie (Australia) 400m 53.43s. Julia Ratcliffe (Hamilton) hammer throw 72.35m.

McKinnon Shield Meeting #10, Mt Smart Stadium – 12 February 2020

Texas Beattie 200m 23.19 +1.4. Ettiene Du Preez PV 4.61m, Ruben Vogel 3.41m PB. Zoe Taylor 200m 25.98 (+1.6). Aria Rhodes PV 3.41m, Alisha Lovrich 3.31m, Lillian Bing 2.91m.

Athletics Manawatu Wanganui Championships, Cooks Gardens – 11 February 2020

Zac Topping 200m 22.28 +0.1. Aria Carroll 200m 26.41 +0.1 PB. Kara Macdermid 800m 2:11.22. Benjamin Wall 800m 1:53.96 PB. Joshua Baan 3000m 8:35.85, Noah Macdermid 8:48.13. Harvey Meyer HJ 1.81m.

Athletics Canterbury Twilight Meeting, Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub – 14 February 2020

Tapenisa Havea 100m H 762mm 15.15 -1.1, 100m 12.83 +2.6, 3kg SP 15.19m. Mark Loh 100m 11.59 +2.4. Hunter Archbold LJ 6.05m -1.5, Joshua Bull LJ 6.00m -2.0. Tatiana Kaumoana DT 49.69m. Chloe Hughes 800m 2:17.95. Chanel Muir 400m 52.45, 800m 1:56.25. Todd Bates HT 52.82m. Mayce Ballantyne HT 43.84m. Judd Cargin 400m 51.86. Jaidyn Busch 4kg SP 12.91m. Christopher Dryden 3000m 8:40.56, George Guerin 8:50.56, Cameron Clark 8:51.39.

Athletics Otago and Southland Championships, Caledonian Ground – 15/16 February 2020

Ben Smith 100m 11.94 -0.1. Will Campbell 100m 11.77 -2.3. Schuyler Orr 100m 11.53 -2.4, TJ 11.44m +0.6. Sophie Napper 100m 12.64 -0.2, 200m 25.96 -2.6, 400m 56.41. Felix McDonald 200m 22.94 -2.1, LJ 7.41m +2.4. Cameron Moffitt 300m H 39.63, 400m 52.57, PV 3.40m, LJ 6.54m +5.0, 5kg SP 14.21m. Quinn Hartley 400m 49.97, HJ 2.00m, TJ 12.26m +0.2, LJ 6.96m +4.3. Lahana Reeves 1500m 4:56.02. Colin Kirkpatrick 3000m 8:49.05, Kirk Madgwick 8:58.51. Sarah Douglas 3000m 10:29.80/ Scarlett Norman 300m H 49.86. Trent Hogg 1.5kg DT 41.37m. Jade Zaia 2kg DT 45.27m. Ethan Walker 800g JT 55.47m. Nirvana Hepi-Breen 3kg HT 44.77m Otago G15 record. Gabi Horo PV 2.56m Otago W15 record. Zharna Beattie DT 42.59m. Sam McDonald TJ 12.66m +2.3. Emma McKay TJ 10.47m +1.8. Madeleine Lindemann TJ 11.35m +3.3. 3000m RW Alexander Brown 14:59.33. Rozie Robinson 16:01.20.
Para Athlete: Liam Wilson T37 100m 13.35 -2.3, 200m 26.90 +0.6, LJ 5.03m +1.9, NZ M19 and M16 record. Benjamin Baines F37 5kg SP 8.59m NZ U/20 and U/19 record, 1kg DT 25.51m NZ U/20 record, 600g JT 31.09m SM U/20, U/18 record.

International Results

Oceania and Australia 20km Race Walking Championships, Adelaide
, 9 February: Quentin Rew 1:28:18 (7). Alana Barber 1:35:52 (4), Laura Langley 1:55:36 (10), Courtney Ruske 1:58:25 (11).

Canberra Track Classic, AIS Track and Field Centre, 13 February:
The New Zealand team of Livvy Wilson, Zoe Hobbs, Georgia Hulls and Rosie Elliott set a national 4 x 100m relay record of 44.20 (1), breaking the record of 44.24s established by Olivia Eaton, Zoe Hobbs, Georgia Hulls and Natasha Eady at the World University Games in Naples Italy on 13 July 2019.
New Zealand men 4 x 100m relay (Jordan Bolland, Hamish Gill, Edward Osei-Nketia, Tiaan Whelpton) 43.03 (3).

Tori Peeters had a huge personal best in winning the javelin throw, adding 2.25m to her New Zealand national women’s record with a throw of 59.25m. Her previous best and national record of 57.00m was set in Dunedin two years ago.

Edward Osei-Nketia 100m 10.43 +1.6 (1R2), Hamish Gill 100m 10.44 +0.8 (6R1), Jordan Bolland 100m 10.70 +1.6 (3R3). Hamish Kerr HJ 2.22m (2). James Steyn PV 5.30m (3). Zoe Hobbs 100m 11.64 +1.1 (1), 200m 23.95 +1.3 (5R2), Livvy Wilson 12.06 (5), Brooke Somerfield 12.15 (6). Georgia Hulls 200m 24.13 +1.3 (6R2), Rosie Elliott 200m 24.16 +1.1 (3R1), Olivia Eaton 24.59 (7R1). Katherine Camp 800m 2:02.97 (3R2), Angie Petty 2:03.65 (4R2). Mackenzie Jeffries 400m H 58.78 (5). Imogen Ayris PV 4.30m PB (3). Te Rina Keenan DT 52.25m (3). Stephanie Wrathall JT 54.07m (3).

Husky Classic, Dempsey Indoor Centre UW
, Seattle WA, 15 February: Theo Quax (20), Northern Arizona became the 42nd New Zealander to break four minutes for the mile in finishing second indoors in 3:58.13. This is almost 50 years after his father Dick, 22 at the time, broke four minutes for the first time at Mt Smart Stadium on 18 March 1970 in 3:57.8 in beating the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games 1500m gold medallist Kip Keino of Kenya who ran 4:02.1.

Theo and Dick become the 12th father and son in the world to break four minutes for the mile. Interestingly Kip Keino and his son Martin became the first father and son to break four minutes, Kip with 3:54.2 in 1965 and Martin with 3:58.73 in 1994. Others racing at Seattle Sam Tanner (Washington) 4:07.33 (8R7), Tom Moulai (Wyoming) 4:15.76 (10R1). Theo’s run comes a week after Geordie Beamish broke the barrier running 3:56.90 at the Millrose Games.

Meyo Invite, South Bend IN, 7 February: Chris Devaney 3000m 8:23.57 PB (3R2), Hannah Miller 3000m 9:23.16 (2RA), Tamara Reeves 3000m 10:13.64 PB (21), Toby Gualter 5000m 15:16.25 (29RA), Atipa Mabonga TJ 12.29m (4).
Camel City Invitational, Winston-Salem NC, 7 February: Caitlin McQuilkin-Bell 5000m 17:07.08 PB (3), Tessa Webb 5000m 17:38.87 PB (5).
Indoor Invitational, Nampa ID, 7 February: Chris Brake HJ 2.01m (5), TJ 14.36m (3).
Mule Relays, Warrensburg MO, 7 February: Christopher Goodwin LJ 7.39m (1).
Hillsdale Classic, Hillsdale MI,8 February: Joshua Browne mile 4:34.89 (7).
Charlie Thomas Invite, College Station TX, 8 February: Jared Lautenslager 3000m 8:33.37 (8).
URI Coaches Tribute Invite, Kingston RI, 8 February: Tessa Hunt mile 5:05.74 (2RA).
Harvard Yale Princeton Meeting, New Haven CT, 8 February: Ariana Lord 3000m 10:03.88 PB (4).
Indoor Meet, Newberg Portland OR, 9 February: Grace Ritchie 3000m 10:24.83 (14R1).

AIT Indoor Grand Prix, Athlone
,12 February: Hamish Carson mile 4:02.12 (4).

FitGen TUKS Top 10, Pretoria
, 12 February: Mine De Klerk 3kg SP 16.72m (1), DT 43.79m (1).
NWU Pukke Top 20, Bloemfontein, 14 February: Mine De Klerk 3kg SP 17.12m PB (1), DT 42.17m (1).

Road and Trail Races Around the Country

O’Hagan’s 5km,
Viaduct Harbour, 11 February: Tommy Hayes 16:38, Andrew Ranford 17:29, Adam Berry 17:43. Cass Kenworthy 20:42, Tia Knight 21:00, Kayla Fairbairn 22:01.
Owairaka 5km in the Park,12 February: Nick Moore 18:58, Richard Conyngham 20:29, Julian Waller 20:52.
YMCA Summer Series 10km, Auckland Domain, 13 February: Ben Hudson 38:32, Sam Walker 41:49, Daniel Faulke 42:21.

Expressway Classic
, 15 February: Half marathon; Jonny McKee 1:12:19, Simon Mace 1:21:02, Hugh Allison 1:22:00. Alice Mason 1:17:50, Selma Roth 1:29:40, Kovo Kowalewski 1:33:13. 10km; Ching Hin Ivan Lo 33:21, Jamie Hall 37:10, Michael Seow 37:50. Lisa Cross 35:47, Helen Gavin 39:29, Sophie Harris 45:17. 5km; George Gwynn 17:11, Jacob Porter 22:06, Alex Timmins 22:59. Sophie Corbidge 17:11, Sonja Van Wijk 21:33, Vicki Wade-Fleming 21:44.

Eastside Riverpath 5km
, 11 February: John Boe 18:23, John Crane 18:30, Rob Townsend 18:58. Helen Gavin 19:22.

Kapiti 5km Summer Series
, Raumati, 10 February: Sam Ralph 17:57, Alvirg Busa 18:02, Luke Anderson 18:06. Poppy Rae 18:54.
Trentham 5km Series, 11 February: Thomas Strawbridge 15:55, Hugh Taylor 18:03, Josh Jordan 18:13. Katie Jordan 20:42.
Waterfront 5km, 11 February: Ben Twyman 16:23, Paul Barwick 17:25, Dion Yiw 17:39. Helen Gray 19:27, Bex Hutchinson 20:34. Walk; Sean Lake 31:32.
Round the Bays, Frank Kitts Park to Kilbirne Park, 16 February: Half Marathon; Daniel Jones 1:07:35, Seamus Kane 1:09:54 PB, Bert Prendergast 1:11:19 PB. Sarah Drought 1:20:01, Debbie Donald 1:24:14, Mel Stevens 1:24:17. 10km; Nathan Tse 32:11, Thomas Strawbridge 32:48 PB, Ben Twyman 33:15. Ayesha Shafi 39:05, Ava Sutherland 40:14, Amanda Broughton 40:51.

Honest Lawyer 5km Series
, Monaco, 10 February: Ian Anderson 18:16, Ryan Martyn 19:22, Mike Beever 20:02. Julia Anderson 20:15.
Eddyline 5km Series, Maple-Saxton Course, 12 February: Klaartje van Schie 20:14, Ryan Martyn 20:15, Susie Wood 20:28, Dan Bullock 20:30.

Caroline Bay 5km Series
, 11 February: Kurt Engelbrecht 17:37, Izak Kruger 18:36, Colin McPherson 18:38.


Leading middle distance coach during the 1960’s and athletic administrator Toby Bowyer of Wanganui died on 22 January 2020, aged 86. He was president for over 20 years of the Wanganui Athletic and Cycling Club, was patron and made a life member. He also served as president of the West Coast North Island Centre. After his own successful running career, Bowyer coached Kevin Ross to three New Zealand 800m titles 1967-69, and a 1500m title in 1971. He served in the New Zealand Police for 33 years and after his retirement was clerk of the court in Whanganui.

Former long term athletic administrator and delegate Gerry Fox of Upper Hutt died on 4 February 2020 aged 95.He was Canterbury resident delegate on the NZAAA management committee for 26 years from 1956 until the restructuring of the organisation. As an accountant he also served as the honorary treasurer for four years until Barry Meyers was employed as a full time secretary/treasurer. Fox was a former member of the Victoria University Athletic Club competing as a hurdler and harrier. He assisted pro bono many clubs financially, often as auditor.

Athletics Nelson stalwart Eric Verstappen died on 8 February 2020 aged 65. He had been involved with Athletics Nelson for over 40 years. He was president since 2001 and was made a life member in 2011. He was one of the organisers when the New Zealand mountain running championships were held in the area. Verstappen was coast and rivers resource scientist with the Tasman District Council.
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