Athletics NZ Round Up


This edition includes:



New Zealand Competition Results
Athletics Auckland Cross Country Championships, Barry Curtis Park East Tamaki – 8 August 2020
Peter Wheeler continued his fine winter form winning the senior 10km title in 33:57. The 2018 champion had a close contest with David Lee for most of the journey, before applying the pressure over the final 2km circuit to win from Lee by nine seconds. Defending champion Jono Jackson was third in 34:40. Bethany Bromfield made no race of the senior women’s 10km winning by over a minute in 39:34. National road champion Katrina Andrew was second in 40:37 with Brigid Dennehy third in 44:28. Nick Moore MM45 was the fastest master covering the 8km in 28:05.


Catherine Delaporte continued to dominate the master women running the 6km in 26:07. Sophie Atkinson won the under 20 6km in 28:01. Samuel Waldin and Sam Heyes had a great battle in the under 20 8km, Waldin getting the title by two seconds in 27:56. Sam Berry had to pull out all stops in the under 18 6km to overtake Zane Powell and slog on for victory in 20:43 to Powell’s 20:55.


One of the most impressive performances came from Christian De Vaal who won the under 16 4km by over a minute in 13:29. Penelope Salmon won the under 20 4km in 15:20 while Stella Hammond proved too strong for Sophie Robb in the under 16 4km in 15:36. Under 14 winners were Jack Erikson and Amy Hurly and the under 12 winners were Ivor Martin and Indie Williams.


Winter Throws Competition No 3, AUT Millennium Stadium, North Shore – 8 August 2020
Anthony Barmes HT 50.82m, Arno Van Der Westhuyzen (43) 50.49m. Centaine Noom-Duckworth DT 36.64m, 4kg HT 47.75m. Grace Matulovic DT 33.70m, 3kg SP 11.21m. Karmen-Elizabeth Maritz 3kg SP 10.01m PB.


University Relays, QE Park, McKays Crossing Paekakariki – 8 August 2020
Wellington Scottish with their team of Seamus Kane 12:20, Hamish Carson 12:21, Niam Macdonald 12:45 and Malcolm Hodge 12:58 won the senior men’s 4 x 3.7km relay in 50:24 from Olympic 53:05 and WHAC 53:20.


The senior women’s relay went to Wellington Harrier Athletic Club in 1:01:59 with Jean Kozyniak 14:40, Miranda Spencer 16:22, Sarah Riceman 15:37 and Esther George 15:20. Olympic were second in 1:03:35 and Scottish third in 1:07:17.


Trentham team of Thomas Strawbridge 13:00, Daniel du Toit 14:00, Max Poland 14:41 and Josh Jordan won the junior men in 56:52. The junior women relay was won by WHAC Maia Wilkinson 15:40, Esther Squire 15:53, Charlotte Flood-Smith Ryan 16:14 and Sarah Hay 16:45 recording 1:04:32.


Master men 35 Scottish Geoff Ferry 13:58, Stephen Day 13:39, Rowan Hooper 13:50 and James Richardson 13:46 in 55:13. Master women 35 Scottish Mel Stevens 15:38, Fiona Hayvice 17:12, Carla Denneny 16:39, Emily Solsberg 17:40 in 1:07:09. Scottish also won MM50, MM60 and MW50.


Athletics Canterbury Cross Country Championships, Halswell Quarry Park – 8 August 2020
Christopher Dryden the 2018 national cross country and 10,000m track champion won the senior 10km title in a quick 29:58 from Caden Shields 30:01, Oska Baynes 30:35 and Connor Melton 31:01. Katherine Camp was equally impressive in the senior women’s 10km winning in 36:09, a minute ahead of Andrea Hewitt and Navajo Prentice third in 37:48. Chris Kelly was the best of the masters over 8km in 27:48 with Granantan Boyle recording 27:48 and David Fitch 27:50.


In the master women 6km Jo Ramsay clocked 24:34, Jin Flanagan 25:22 and Fiona Gilroy 26:35. Cameron Clark won the under 20 8km in 25:34 from Daniel Roswell 26:10 while in the under 20 women 6km Eva Pringle won in 22:09. Under 16 6km went to Ethan Smoleji 18:43 from Theo Walker 19:44 with Morgan Flanagan winning the under 18 4km in 14:37. Under 16 winners 4km Pai Wynyard 12:45 and 3km Maddie Sharpe 11:05. Under 14 3km Finn Woodhouse 10:27 and Lucy Vance 11:40. In the under 12 over 2km Otto Church won the boys in 7:46 and Nicole Ridd the girls in 8:25.


At the Annual General Meeting, Athletics Canterbury Avril Davies and Victor Camperie were accorded Life Membership of the Centre. Avril is a past president and Life Member of the Canterbury Children’s Athletic Association and Board member of Athletics Canterbury. An official at the 2009 and 2017 World Masters Games, the 2011 IPC World Championships and has officiated at numerous New Zealand championships. On cross country and road Avril is a judge and has been chief judge at a number of National Road Relay championships. Victor is the treasurer and a Life Member of the Christchurch Avon Athletic Club and assisted Athletics Canterbury with finances. A stalwart in many areas of the Athletics Canterbury cross country and road committee and is a long term treasurer of the Committee.


Athletics Otago Cross Country Championships, Chisholm Links – 9 August 2020
Defending champion Janus Staufenberg won the senior 10km in 33:29. The Otago 5000m champion and winner of the Clyde to Alexandra 10km road race last year was a clear winner finishing 34 seconds ahead of Daniel Balchin. Logan Slee was third in 35:54 ahead of Nathan Cochrane 36:06.


Rebekah Greene had no trouble defending her senior women’s title covering the 10km in 39:28. Olivia Gold was second in 43:20 with Jennifer Walker third in 43:36. Max Yanzick won the U/20 8km in 27:50, from Russell Green 28:08 and Liam Chesney 28:36.


In the masters Glen Chisholm completed the 8km in 30:01, seven seconds faster than Ben Wreford with Steven Morrison third in 30:11. Robbie Johnston, New Zealand Olympian 627, was a clear winner in the 50 plus grade in 30:06.


Shireen Crumpton, 13 times New Zealand title holder, won the master women 6km in 26:23, Amanda Waldrom was second in 26:31 and Julie Edmunds third in 26:56. Other winners, Maya Irving U/20 6km 24:32, Leo Staufenberg U/19 6km 21:58, Kennedy Taylor U/19 4km 16:43, Jacob Willmott U/16 4km 15:50, Hannah Prosser U/16 3km 11:28.


Road and Trail Races Around the Country

Sri Chinmoy Half Marathon, Auckland Domain, 26 July: Rodwyn Isaacs 1:15:07, Nick Smeeton 1:28:12, Grant Bowles 1:29:49. Bethany Bromfield 1:26:35, Jacqueline Eastman 1:40:13.


O’Hagan’s 5km, Viaduct Harbour, 4 August: Tommy Hayes 16:21, Harry Harris 16:55, James Parkere 16:56. Skye Dick 18:46, Tia Knight 21:01, Lucy Blundell 21:42.


Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 5 August: Damon Nicholas 17:54, Greg Pearson 19:18, Andrew Harvey 20:45. Sam Krinkel 22:52.


XTERRA Trail Run, Waiuku Forest, 9 August: 22.6km; Max Thomson 1:33:19, Richard Harris 1:38:49, Carl Read 1:39:32. Alexia Preston 1:52:45, Catherine Delaaporte 2:05:37, Katie Rice 2:07:36. 19km; David Haunschmidt 1:18:08, Donal McGoldrick 1:23:52, Max Oliviero 1:24:19. Skye Dick 1:36:55, Gracie Keown 1:44:22, Amelia Edwards 1:47:05. 12km; Benjamin Rickerby 46:53, Kurtis Shuker 47:03, Teddy Eyster 48:32. Arlo Farquhar 56:28, Jen McDermott 56:39, Lauren Williams 56:40. 8km; Ben Oxford 34:25, Mark Carryer 34:31, Samuel Rickerby 34:33. Stella Hammond 36:23, Jess Buxton 37:08, Tracy McCartney 37:09.


Meridian Hydro Half Marathon, 8 August: Thijs Hubber 1:19:18, Kelvin Meade 1:19:33, Barney Hoskins 1:21:41. Angie Waters 1:31:11, Meg McKay 1:31:22, Rebecca Sheffield 1:31:44.


Hammer throw exponent during the 1970’s and 80’s Murray Cheater of Rotorua passed away on Tuesday 4 August 2020 aged 73.


He was ten times New Zealand hammer throw champion 1974-79 and 1981-84 and he set the New Zealand record in the event on 16 occasions, starting with 54.38m in 1968 and ending with 71.20m in January 1976.


Murray represented New Zealand at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games finishing fifth with 65.82m and is New Zealand Olympian number 338 having competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, where he was 16th out of 20 with 67.38m.


Murray competed for the Papatoetoe Club and shifted to Rotorua in the early 1970’s where he was a member of the Rotorua Athletic Club, later Lake City Athletic Club, and was coach of many “throwing” athletes. He ran a contracting business in Rotorua. His father Bob Cheater was President and a Life Member of Athletics Auckland 1964-66.

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Murray McKinnon
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent