Relay Squad Trial for Glasgow 2014
Relay Squad Trial, Porritt Stadium – 19 April 2014
The New Zealand women’s team bettered the performance standard for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the 4 x 400m relay. Requiring a time of 3:36.50 the team of Zoe Ballantyne, Brooke Cull, Kristie Baillie and Louise Jones recorded a slashing 3:35.60, better than the New Zealand resident and national records. Jones was outstanding on the final lap anchoring the team in a time of 52.43. The New Zealand national record set by Rebecca Wardell, Anna Smthe, Caro Hunt and Jane Arnott is 3:35.90 in Brisbane in 1999 and the resident record set by Shirley Barber, Sue Gukilau, Lorraine Tong and Penny Hunt is 3:37.5 at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games. Coach of the women’s relay squad Chris Williams said that he took a low key approach to doing the time.
“I focussed on the athlete and was patient telling them that they can do it and they did. I’d like to thank all the officials who turned out on an Easter weekend to officiate and make it all possible,” said Williams.
A men’s 400m race was also held Cameron French winning in 46.44 from Joseph Millar 46.99, Daniel O’Shea 47.04 and Daniel Dyet 47.11. The total of these times is 3:07.58. The performance standard in the 4 x 400m relay for Glasgow is 3:05.50.
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