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Southgate Exceeds and other news


Newtown Park Stadium, Wellington – 10/11 December 2011
Nicholas Southgate PolevaultHighlights from day one were a record breaking pole vault by Nicholas Southgate who cleared 4.90m, to add 40cm to Paul Gibbon’s 1989 record and Julia Ratcliffe who increased her senior girls’ hammer record by a further 20cm to 57.67m for a world junior championships A qualifier. Among the other winners on day one were Kerry Charlesworth who was just 1cm off her open pole vault record clearing 3.79m, Greer Alsop triple jump at 11.63m (-1.0), Phillip Wyatt triple jump at 14.33m and Merewarihi Vaka senior discus with a throw of 49.48m.
Day two highlights were world junior championships A qualifiers and championship records to Andrew Whyte S/B 400m 46.91s, Rebekah Greene S/G 1500m 4m 21.39s and 3000m 9m 23.42s. B qualifiers and championship records to Brad Mathas S/B 800m 1m 50.24s, Kodi Harman S/B 200m 21.39s. Record to Matthew Bloxham in the J/B hammer throw 59.20m and to Wanganui Collegiate in the senior boys 4 x 400m relay.

Double winners at the championships were Kodi Harman S/B 100m/200m, Phil Simms S/B 110m hurdles/OB 300m hurdles, Mackenzie Keenan S/G 100m hurdles/OG 300m hurdles, Megan McPhail SG 100m/200m, Rebekah Greene S/G 1500m/3000m, Greer Alsop SG long/triple jumps, Zoe Hobbs JG 200m/triple jump, Amy Robinson JG 100m/long jump, Rosa Flannagan J/G 4km road race/3000m.

Zatopek Meeting, Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park Melbourne – 10 December 2011
New Zealand performances; Angela Smit 800m 6th 2m 9.27s, Stefan Smith 3000m steeplechase 8th 9m 13.93s, John Schreuder U/20 3000m 4th 8m 20.88s and Craig Lautenslager 9th 8m 35.47s.

Pakuranga 5km Series, 5 December: Scott Russell 17m 58s from Mark Toplis 18m 1s. Dick Quax, who set a world 5000m record of 13m 12.86s in 1977, completed the distance in 22m 41s.
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 6 December: Richard Speer 16m 36s from Matthew Battley 16m 58s. Alison Bogie 19m 26s.

Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 7 December: Lydia O’Donnell won outright in 16m 18s, from James Brent 16m 59s and Stuart Grange 17m 3s. Tara La Grange was second woman in 18m 18s.

Eastside 5km River Run, 6 December: Stefan Wagner 17m 44s, Eli Thomas and Ben Sunckell both 18m 11s. Kirsten Milne 19m 37s.

New Zealand women’s marathon and road champion Lisa Robertson anchored the Vita Sport team to victory in the teams’ race at the Taupo Half Ironman, running the 21.1km in 1h 16m 56s on Saturday.

3 Bridges Event – 10 December 2011
Marathon winner Adrian Lysaght 2h 46m 55s, women Ingrid Frost 3h 49m 33s, walk Joff Hulbert 4h 44m 28s women Denise Brunskill 5h 10m 59s. Half Marathon Rohan Biggs 1h 14m 34s women Wilma Minee 1h 37m 44s, walk David Wackrow 2h 11m 36s women Sharon Bennett 2h 29m 47s. 10km walk John Roskvist 1h 2m 8s (record) women Gai Marie Smart 1h 2m 59s (record). 5km walk Malcolm Hutchins 34m 39s (record).

Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Series, 6 December: Cary Chaffee 15m 32s from Adam Steinmetz 16m 29s. Gabrielle O’Rourke 17m 39s. John Roskvist walk in 30m 17s and Terri Grimmett 30m 26s.

Honest Lawyer 5km Series, 5 December: Josh Johnston 18m 27s from Stuart Hodgkiss 18m 44s.

Athletics Caledonian Ground – 10 December 2011
Alex Gorrie M19 3000m 8m 58.57s, John Gilmour M19 long jump 6.20m (-1.0), Rebecca Wardell high jump 1.65m, Hamish Finnie M19 discus 43.61m and hammer 42.26m.

Athletics Waikato Bay of Plenty and Hamilton City Hawks Club stalwart Paul Luckie died on Sunday 11 December.
Paul had one of the longest memberships of over 60 years of the Hawks Club. He was an all round athlete in throws, hurdles and decathlon. Paul was treasurer, president, selector, manager, coach and was made a Life Member of the Club.

Among the athletes he has coached are decathlete Brett Addison, three times Olympic Games race walker Craig Barrett and 400m hurdles representative at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Lynette O’Connor.
Paul was a Life Member of Athletics Waikato Bay of Plenty and in 1988 was awarded an inaugural Athletics New Zealand Merit Award.
His funeral will be on Friday at 2pm at Holy Trinity Church in Forest Lake Road Hamilton.

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