Athletics NZ Round up
New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, Ascot Golf Course, QEII Park – 17 June 2017
Samuel Tanner sprung a surprise outgunning a top field to win the senior boys title over the closing stages by a mere second over Isaiah Priddey in 18:39 with a further ten seconds to Nick Moulai.
A large leading group maintained a steady pace over the first half of the 6km race before Priddey made a move into the final km but Tanner not to be outdone surged ahead with 200m remaining and held on to win.
Tanner was fairly confident going into the race.
“My coach Craig Kirkwood trained me pretty well for it and had me ready. We talked strategies and stuff before the race so I was quite comfortable at the pace from the big effort being put on by the boys. I knew there was going to be a few boys who were going to really push me but I wanted to give them all a surprise,” said Tanner.
Hannah O’Connor made it three years in a row adding the senior girls title to the junior girls that she has won for the past two years. O’Connor won the 4km in 13:48 from 2015 year nine winner Phoebe McKnight who recorded 13:51. Defending champion Tessa Webb was third in 14:20.
O’Connor said it was a hard run the whole way.
“Phoebe was pushing it hard and I just tried to hold on to her, I knew I had a good sprint and I just had to rely on that today. I knew Phoebe was in good form so I knew it was going to be very hard today,” said O’Connor.
McKnight said that she was feeling good but O’Connor was too good for her in the end.
Liam Back won the junior 4km in 12:49 after making a decisive move 500m from the finish. Andres Hernandez was second in 12:53.
Back said he felt strong the whole way.
“I listened to Alec McNab my coach and it just all panned out beautifully, making my move with 500m to go on a down-hill,” he said.
Charli Miller followed up her year nine win last year with a convincing in the junior girls 3km in 10:42, 18 seconds ahead of Esther Kozyniak.
Miller felt really good but found the course tough.
“It wasn’t really nice cause it’s not too hilly but it’s got enough undulating parts to put you off your rhythm and make you tired,” said Miller.
Williams Anthony won the year nine boys 3km in 10:01 and Arabella White the year nine girls 3km in 11:01, from Zoe Smith 11:18.
Westlake Boys High School won all three grade team races in both the three and six person teams. Waikato Diocesan won the senior girls three person, Baradene the three and six team junior girls, St Cuthbert’s the year nine three and the six team senior, while Auckland Diocesan won the six team year nine.
Regional Cross Country Relay Races - 18 June 2017
Waikato Bay of Plenty won the senior boys 5 x 2km regional relay race and Wellington the senior girls.
Waikato were near the front of the boys race with Canterbury over the first three laps, but moved ahead on lap four and by the time Isaiah Priddey took over for the final lap the victory was never in doubt.
James Uhlenberg bought Auckland home for second with a fast last lap with Canterbury holding on for third place.
The Wellington girls team were always handy and moved to the front with a strong run by Phoebe McKnight. They held the lead through to the finish with Canterbury finishing second and Waikato BOP finishing strongly for third. Wellington also won the junior girls relay from East Coast North Island and Waikato BOP, while Canterbury were triumphant in the junior boys, finishing ahead of North Harbour and Waikato BOP.
The Year 9 boys race was won by Wellington with Canterbury and North Harbour filling the minor placings. Canterbury won the Year 9 girls from Auckland and Waikato BOP.
Athletics New Zealand Marathon Championship, Gazley Volkswagon Marathon, Westpac Stadium Wellington – 18 June 2017
Stephen Day of Wellington ran a personal best marathon by five minutes of 2:32:04 to win the New Zealand title. The 41 year old finished second to American runner Dan Lowry who ran a race record of 2:22:43 breaking Dougal Thorburn’s 2013 record of 2:25:33. The Japanese pair of Kosuke Hamada and Wellington based Hirotaka Tanimoto led early and by half way Lowry had caught Tanimoto and was going away.
Sam McCutcheon was third and second in the national championship in 2:33:13, with Chris Hartshorn fourth in 2:36:37 and Chris Wharam fifth in 2:36:53. Hamada finished sixth and Tanimoto 16th.
Day said that he switched his entry from the half to the full marathon earlier in the week because he wanted to be part of the winning Wellington Scottish team at the championships.
“So I ran the race feeling quite relaxed because I had not been targeting it for a long time,” said Day.
“I got into a nice group at the start with a couple of club mates. I was feeling bouncy so just picked it up a notch on the second half. As we turned into the wind for the last 8km I started to pick people off - first Kosuke Hamada, and then Hiro, and I got Sam with a bit less than 2km to go. I felt smooth and comfortable over that second half. Kept waiting for the wall but it never came.
“Obviously some of the top guys are targeting other races, or ran the half instead, or weren't eligible for the title today, so I had quite a bit of luck picking up the title. But I'm rapt with the way I ran - it's always nice to finish a race strong and roll over a few runners towards the finish. And I got my goal of being in the winning team too!” he added.
When Day ran his first marathon his aim was to beat Arthur Lydiard’s personal best of 2:39:05. He did this with 2:38:24 for fourth place in Rotorua in 2012. He achieved it again in the 2013 Auckland marathon running 2:37:00 for tenth.
Lydiard won the national title twice in 1953 and 1955.
“It’s pretty cool this time to now match Lydiard by picking up a marathon title, not to mention all the other amazing runners who also share that title, it’s a buzz,” said Day.
Alice Mason won the national women’s title in 2:48:36, three minutes outside her best set on the Gold Coast last July. Mason also set a race record eclipsing Australian Sara Burgess’ time in 2012 by four seconds. Sally Gibbs (54) who led Mason by a minute at half way was second in 2:53:49 with Katherine Morgan third in 3:00:40. Gibbs holds the New Zealand masters 50-54 marathon record of 2:42:59 set in 2013.
Stratford walking legend Albie Jane won the marathon race walk in 4:58:41.
UK runner Nick Earl based in Australia won the half marathon in 1:07:09 from Chris Sanson who ran a PB 1:08:58, Nick Horspool 1:09:01 and Jono Jackson 1:09:34. Ruby Muir set a race record and PB of 1:17:40 to win the women’s half. Muir broke Belinda Wimmer’s 2008 record by nine seconds. Hannah Miller was second in 1:20:15, Rebecca Elliott third in 1:23:52 and Katherine Badham Fourth in 1:24:06. Eric Kemsley won the half race walk in 2:05:01.
In a blanket finish Tim Cornish headed in Nathan Tse and Samuel Pendreigh all times at 33:20. Sarah Drought won the women’s 10km in 36:43 from Tamara Winkler 38:25 and Nicola Harris 38:57. Bradyn Popow won the 10km race walk in 1:00:35.
Winter Meeting, Porritt Stadium – 17 June 2017
Conor McGiven 400m 52.02. Connor Bell 1.5kg DT 62.84m. Ashleigh Sando 100m 12.86 (+1.3), 100m H 14.55 (+1.8). Leah Belfield 100m 12.98 (+1.3). Tatiana Kaumoana DT 45.44m.
IAAF Diamond League, ExxonMobil Bislett Games, Oslo, 15 June: Eliza McCartney suffered a rare bad day in her second Diamond League meeting of 2017, failing to clear a height, after finishing third the previous week in Rome. Starting at 4.55m, the 20 year old from Devonport had three misses, resulting in an early exit from the third Diamond League pole vault competition of the season.
Coach Jeremy McColl isn’t too worried.
“The winds were pretty tricky out there throwing the marks around a little bit and there were some technical issues around that, so not a huge disaster and it was definitely a learning experience,” said McColl.
The competition was won by Yarisley Silva from Cuba, the 2016 World Champion, clearing 4.81m, Anzhelika Sidirova from Russia finished second, clearing 4.75m while German Lisa Ryzih was over 4.65 for third.
IAAF Diamond League, BAUHAUS-galan, Stockholm, 18 June: Camille Buscomb 3000m 9:08.74 (8). Eliza McCartney PV 4.20m (8), missed three attempts at 4.40m. Campbell Wu 400m H 53.99 (6).
Portland Track Festival, Lewis and Clark College Portland OR, 11 June: Angie Petty 1500m 4:18.98 (12S1) (27). Rosa Flanagan 5000m 16:32.78 (13S2) (28).
Stumpton Twilight, Portland OR, 16 June: Lilli Burdon broke Dianne Rodger’s 41 year old New Zealand under 20 1500m record by just over a second after finishing fifth in 4:11.19. Burdon won the 2015 New Zealand youth 1500m title in 2015 the same year that she finished ninth in the 1500m at the world youth championships in Columbia. Rodger’s time of 4:12.81 was at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games where she finished seventh in heat two. Burdon has bettered three New Zealand under 20 records in the past four months, mile 4:36.96 11/02/17, 5000m 15:50.15 10/06/17 and now the 1500m.
Iberoamericano De Atletismo, 14 June: Hamish Carson 1500m 3:37.55 (5), just outside the B performance standard of 3:37.50 for the London World Championships.
International Do Sl Benfica, Lisbon, 17 June: Jacko Gill SP 20.31m (2).
Gouden Spike, Leiden, 17 June: Brad Mathas 800m 1:49.21 (6). Ben Moynihan 1500m 3:47.32 (7). Kelsey Berryman LJ 6.22m (+2.4), also 6.08m (+1.6) and another 6.08m (+2.0).
Ingolstadt Meeting, 17 June: Nick Southgate PV 5.15m (5).
ANQ Student Games, Townsville, Queensland, 17 June: Anna Grimaldi T47 100m 12.86 (+1.3) PB & NZ record (2). Jessica Hamill Para-Athlete seated SP 7.37m (1). 18 June: Tori Peeters JT 47.49m (1) (injured shoulder in warm up so only had one throw), Holly Robinson F46 JT 41.12m (2). Anna Grimaldi T47 LJ 5.38m (NWI) (3).