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Wilson excels and other NZ news

Zatopek Classic
Zatopek Meeting, Lakeside Stadium Albert Park – 8 December 2012
Auckland runner Declan Wilson won the junior men’s 3000m at the prestigious Zatopek athletic meeting in Melbourne on Saturday. Wilson, who has spent some time in Melbourne leading up to the race, sliced 16 seconds off his previous best recording 8m 7.90s.
Tim Stewart was 14th in 8m 37.13s. Kara Macdermid from Palmerston North was third in the junior women’s 3000m in 9m 59.82s. Hugo Beamish was the best of the New Zealanders in the Zatopek 10,000m finishing eighth in 29m 3.75s, Aaron Pulford was 11th in 29m 26.66s and Tim Hodge DNF. Liam Mitchell was sixth in the 400m in 51.10s.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Track & Field Championships, Caledonian Stadium – 7//9 December 2012
At the New Zealand secondary schools championships in Dunedin national records were set by Matthew Bloxham who added over two metres to his New Zealand M16 and M17 hammer record with a throw of 73.47m, Nicholas Southgate equalled the M18 pole vault record of 5 metres for the third time and Siositina Hakeai improved her W18 discus throw record by 10cm to 56.27m. Eliza McCartney equalled the performance standard of 3.85m for selection to the world youth championships in Donetsk Ukraine next year. Talia Horgan with a time of 55.14s in the 400m and Rosa Flanagan recording 9m 38.26s in the 3000m also posted qualifying performances for the world youth championships. Horgan’s previous best time of 55.35s was run at last year’s secondary schools championships in Wellington. Flanagan best 3000m is 9m 31.81s set in Timaru last month. Schools records went to Matt Baxter with 8m 15.50s in the 3000m and Jesse Bryant equalling the long jump record with 7.36m (+1.6). Baxter’s previous best 3000m was 8m 19.91s in Palmerston North last month and Bryant has a best long jump of 7.49m.

ACA Open Meeting, Kings College Otahuhu – 5 December 2012
Isaac Tatoa 60m 6.69s. Alex Parlane 3000m 8m 29.12s, Georgie Grgec 10m 00.67s. Jono Jackson 5000m 15m 28.71s.

Throwers Meeting – 1 December 2012
Shaka Sola 7.26kg shot 13.97m. Luke Mangan 2kg discus 35.40m and 5kg hammer 39.00m. Tom Quinn 5kg hammer 47.87m, 5kg shot 12.41m and 1.5kg discus 36.12m. Tim Girling-McLean 5kg shot 15.81m and 1.5kg discus 40.19m.

Indoor Meeting, Princeton University – 9 December 2012
Julia Ratcliffe now based at Princeton University in New Jersey, broke the Ivy League record in winning the women’s 20lb weight throw with a throw of 19.58m. She was competing at the opening indoor meet of the season at the Jadwin Gymnasium within the University campus.

Pakuranga 5km Series, 3 December: David Lee 18m 5s, Kevin Palmer 18m 20s. Courtney Martin 19m 58s, Sarah Blyde 20m 12s.
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 4 December: Sam Corbett 16m 18s, Shane Jordan 16m 37s. Rachel Bowie 18m 12s, Claire Macky 18m 36s.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 5 December: Gene Rand 18m 2s, Gary Myers 18m 50s.

Smiths Sports Shoes Everyone’s 5km, 6 December: Andrew Straker 17m 54s, Mark Crowther 18m 12s. Diana Harbuz 20m 23s.

Nutri-Grain Taupo Half Ironman, 8 December: News from the event from an athletic perspective was the promising debut in a triathlon by twice national 3000m steeplechase champion Brett Tingay. The 32 year old finished a creditable 10th in 4h 33m 4s, after a 30m 33s 2km swim, 2h 30m 35s 90km cycle and a 1h 26m 46s 21.1km run. (The additional 5m 10s was the time during the various transition stages). Tingay said that there were definitely three distinct races within the event and even though it was strength sapping it was a very good exercise.
“I found it hard to use my strength at the end of the race. It was really enjoyable an awesome day. I’ll see how it goes from here, I quite enjoyed it and we’ll see if we can get a bit quicker and stronger (for a possible next one),” said an exhausted Tingay at the finish.

Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Series, 4 December: Dougal Thorburn 15m 38s, Tomas Bridgeman 16m 53s, Peter Kelly 17m 46s. Gabrielle O’Rourke 18m 32s. Walk John Roskvist 31m 5s. Daphne Jones 38m 12s.

Waimea Vineyard 5km Summer Series, 5 December: Simon Mardon 16m 50s, Daryl Cotton 18m 31s. Colette Read 20m 27s.

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