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News from NZ ending 6th January 2013

Joseph Millar

Joseph Millar

New Year’s Twilight Meeting, Tauranga Domain – 1 January 2013
National sprint champion Joseph Millar got his 2013 year of competition away to a flying start with an outstanding treble at the traditional New Year’s Day meeting.

First up for Millar was the 400m which he convincingly won in a PB by a full second of 47.49s. Three quarters of an hour later Millar was back in action over 100 metres clocking 10.38s (+2.0), heading in Ryan Howe 10.62s and Cameron French 10.72s. An hour after this he sped to victory in the 200m in a PB 20.94s (+1.5), beating French who recorded 21.71s. Millar’s 20.94s now ranks him 13th on the New Zealand all-time list. Howe won the long jump clearing 6.75m (-0.1).

Molly Florence won the women’s 100m in 12.09s (+2.3) from Kristie Baillie 12.24s and Zoe Hobbs 12.31s. Baillie reversed the placings in the 200m winning in 24.81s (0.0) from Florence 24.91s. Kelly White won the 400m in 57.50s, while Ariana Harper was impressive in a solo effort 2m 12.38s in the 800m. The men’s 800m was a close affair with Rhys Bishop winning in PB 1m 55.29s from Matt Baxter PB 1m 55.49s and Michael Whitehead 1m 55.86s.

Reid Hunter ran a personal best 8m 48.99s to win the 3000m from Ben Ruthe 8m 52.05s and Tony Payne 8m 55.32s. PB’s were also achieved by Camille Buscomb 9m 27.81s and Annika Pfitzinger 9m 34.90s in the mixed race. Rachael Kingsford won the separate women’s 3000m in 9m 45.70s. 16 year old Matthew Peters won the high jump with a PB 1.95m. Portia Bing was just outside her PB in winning the 100m hurdles in 14.16s (-0.5).

North Island Colgate Games – 4/6 January 2013
Amongst the highlights from the first two days of competition were; Jack Bryant B14 SP 14.69m and DT 40.01m double, Fa’Aolataga Tau B14 200m 23.01s (+1.3), Niven Longopoa B14 100m H 14.19s (+1.3) and LJ 6.23m (+1.2), Javon McCallum B14 400m 51.59s, Phoebe Edwards G14 80m H 12.60s (-0.7) and HJ 1.54m, Maiya Christini G14 1500m 4m 44.54s, Zane Edwards B13 200m 24.64s (-0.2) and LJ 5.72m (-0.3), Georgia Hulls G13 100m 12.69s (-0.6) and 400m 58.71s, Harriet Bush G13 1500m 4m 45.72s, Serena Murrihy G13 1600m RW 9m 30.12s, Islam Khaled-Abbas B12 200m 24.41s (+0.9) and 400m 57.08s, Isaiah Priddey B12 800m 2m 14.01s, Caleb Whippy B12 DT 34.07m, Emerson Yee G12 LJ 4.76m (+1.0), Montessa Tairakena G12 100m 13.19s (+1.1) and 80m H 13.83s (+1.1), Nicole Moratti G12 1200m RW 6m 37.75s, Mogammad Ebrahim Smith B11 100m 12.85s (+1.0) and 200m 27.03s (0.0), Noah MacDermid B11 1500m 4m 56.69s, Kushla Smith G11 800m 2m 27.47s and 1500m 5m 14.83s double, Lara-Jane Loto G11 DT 32.09m, Ezekiel Stallworth B10 100m 13.66s (+0.9) and 200m 28.49s (-0.5) double, Josh Kalma B10 800m 2m 26.93s and 1500m 5m 3.88s double, Mitchell Snell B10 LJ 4.12m (_0.9), Lyla Aii G10 100m 14.05s (-0.9) and 200m 28.90s (-0.3) double, Kaia Tupu-South G10 DT 25.49m and HJ 1.35m.
Nick Willis was guest on day two and started some of the 1500m races presented a number of medals. Willis will race over a mile at Wanganui on 22 January, followed by the New Zealand 3000m championship in Wellington on 25 January and a mile on grass in Christchurch on 2 February.
To mark the 35th annual games, founding sponsor Colgate-Palmolive announced the Nick Willis Scholarships for outstanding young athletes. The Scholarships will be awarded to eight athletes, four in the North Island and four in the South Island events who display outstanding performance. Recipients receive a donation to put towards sports gear, coaching and other resources.

NSW Athletics, Campbelltown – 5/6 January 2013
Madison Gipson 100m 12.62s (0.0) 5th, 200m 25.06s (+1.6) 3rd, 100m hurdles 840mm 14.36s (+1.7) 2nd.

Auckland 5km Parkrun, Cornwall Park, 5 January: Gene Rand 18m 56s, Andrew Shreeve 19m 6s. Heidi Robinson 23m 5s.

Lower Hutt
5km Parkrun, 5 January: David Creamer 18m 25s, Paul Barwick 18m 42s. Keri Devine 22m 49s.

Monaco Shoe Clinic 10km, 1 January: Phil Costley 32m 51s, Simon Mardon 34m 18s, Ben Aynsley 36m 46s. Paula Canning 39m 27s, Colette Read 41m 4s. 140 took part.

Waimea Vineyard 5km Summer Series, 2 January, Gladstone Road: Cameron Avery 17m 8s, Daryl Cotton 18m 39s. Sally Price 23m 10s.

King and Queen of the Withers, 5 January: Ian Thomas 44m 10s, Robbie Barnes 45m 14s. Megan Craig 48m 36s, Annabelle Latz 51m 55s.

Kingston, Otago
New Balance Race the Train 12km, 6 January: National half marathon champion Oska Inkster-Baynes won the 12km race against the Kingston Flyer for the second year in a row. Inkster-Baynes recorded 38m 9s, 34 seconds faster than last year and nearly a minute ahead of second placed Daniel Balchin. Thijs Hubber was third. London Olympic triathlete Nicky Samuels was the first woman beating Joanne Saxton and Renee Saxton.


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