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Early January 2015 Track Round up

Daniel Balchin

Lovelock Classic, Aorangi Park – 3 January 2015
Daniel Balchin made it two years in a row in the Lovelock Mile winning in a personal best of 4:11.37. The 24 year old national steeplechase champion has built up an impressive record in the annual mile, third in 2012 in his previous best time of 4:12.49, second in 2013 4:16.54 and first last year in 4:14.50.
Simon Rogers was second in 4:13.78, Matthew Lambert third in 4:14.29 followed by Peter Meffan 4:15.38, Callan Moody 4:20.02 and Ben Mussen 4:24.17.
Jacob Matson won the sprint double in 11.13 (+1.2) for 100m and 22.20 (+0.9) in the 200m. Jarvis Hansen was second in both in 11.42 and 23.80 and Schuyler Orr third 11.79 and 25.10.
Fiona Morrison was just a tenth of a second outside her personal best in the 100m hurdles clocking 13.52 (+0.4).
It was an excellent day for Kelsey Berryman, winning the 100m in 12.02 (+0.4), the Long Jump with 6.01m (-0.9) and recording a personal best 13.66 for second place behind Morrison in the hurdles and in the process, leaping from No. 22 to No. 6 on the NZ all-time rankings for women. Her long jump victory was also a personal best and the first time over 6 metres for the 22 year old Cantabrian.
Morrison was disqualified in the 100m. but later won the 200m in 25.12 (-0.7) from Caitlyn George 26.64 and Jamima Tennekoon 26.74, who had earlier won the 400m in 59.57. Leanna Ryan of Hamilton was third in the 100m 12.86 and second in the LJ on a count back from Atipa Mabonga both clearing a legal 5.27m.
Andrew Whyte was well clear in the 400m in 47.15, with Cody Thomas second in 49.84 and Jackson Henry third in 51.79. Thomas won the long jump with 6.65m (+1.2) from Henry 6.51m (-0.4). In the 110m hurdles Henry won in 14.9 h (+0.2) from Thomas 15.6. Tony Payne won the 3000m in 8:51.70. Ieuan Van der Peet was second in 8:56.34.
Ben Anderson easily won the 800m in 1:56.60. The women’s 800m went to Chelsea Brown who ran 2:29.05 and the mile was won in 5:48.05 by Natalie Dryden.
In the field events Wayne Doyle won the SP 11.39m, Jack Welsh the DT 39.62m and Michael Scholten the HT 41.80m while Patrick Taberner cleared 1.80m in the HJ. Lauren Bruce won the DT 47.66m and also had the hammer out to 54.00m. Ruby Cochrane was second in the DT 42.18m and Hannah Boyd was second in the HT with 41.80m.

Twilight Meeting, Tauranga Domain – 1 January 2015
Julian Oakley, back from a break from his Providence College athletic scholarship, won the feature 3000m event in 8:38.42, five seconds outside his PB set at Tauranga in 2011. Jono Jackson was second in 8:39.75 and Ben Ruthe third 8:42.71. Ben Conner of Providence was next in 8:45.65, Michael Voss Rotorua 8:48.70, Steve Robertson Providence 9:00.57, Brendan Sullivan Providence 9:10.76 and Matt Baxter Auckland 9:13.98.
Lydia O’Donnell won the women’s 3000m in 9:40.14, while Sally Gibbs (51) in second broke her New Zealand masters W50 record with a time of 9:54.83. Her previous record was 10:07.35 set in March last year. Emily Roughan was third in 9:58.95. Gibbs had earlier won the 800m in 2:30.13 from Alice Feslier Holmes who recorded 2:35.77.
Joseph Millar won the 100m in 10.55 (+2.0) from Cameron French 10.56 and Michael Goldie 10.88. French headed in Millar in the 200m in 21.20 (0.0), Millar recording 21.26, with Goldie third in 21.72. French’s times were personal best performances.
Abby Goldie won the women’s 100m in 12.04 (+1.6) from Fiona Morrison in 12.23 and Brooke Somerfield 12.36. Georgia Hulls took out the 200m in 24.55 (+1.6) from Goldie 24.68 and Olivia Eaton 25.22. Morrison had earlier won the 100m hurdles in 14.18 (-1.8). Phil Simms won the 400m in 50.68 while Amy Robinson ran 57.65 in the women’s 400m, Jessica Hood was second in 58.48.
Michael Whitehead who is now based in Australia won the 800m in 1:54.25 from Steven Langdon 1:56.60. In the field events, Karlin Nelson threw the discus 45.67m and Hamish Kerr cleared 2.05m in the high jump to win from Jordan Peters and Matt Nicholls on 2.00m.

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