News from the NZSSAA

NZSSAA Cross Country Teams to Australian Cross Country Championships Sunshine Coast 25 August 2018

17 May 2018 9:19pm

Boys and Girls Teams to take part in the Australian Open and Schools Cross Country Championships in Sunshine Coast, Queensland August 25-27 2018 will be selected following the NZSSAA championships in Taupo on June 16. Initially the first 12 finishers in the Senior Boys and Senior Girls races will be offered the opportunity. If not all places are taken up there will be an opportunity for other athletes to be considered e.g. athletes who finished close to the top 12, runners who for some reason did not perform to the level usually expected of them. Application forms for those applying to be considered for spare team places will be available from the managers at the championships.

Female Manager/Coach required

Expressions of interest from women for the position of Assistant Manager/Coach for the NZSSAA team to the Australian Open and Schools Cross Country Championships in Sunshine Coast, Queensland August 25-27 2018 are called for (Paul Meads and Rhys Taucher have already been appointed from within Executive as Manager/Coach and Assistant Manager/Coach respectively). Expressions of interest should be emailed to John Tylden, NZSSAA Chairman by June 10 2017 using oe@nzssaa.org.nz.

Please provide a brief resume of your experience with secondary school cross country athletes and events. If you have any questions please email John Tylden.

Cross Country and Cross Country Relay Championships in Taupo, June 16/17

24 April 2018 10:41am

Athlete Information – This year’s event will have a race commentary team providing public address announcements and commentary for each of the races. To assist the commentators we are requesting athletes expecting to finish in the top ten to provide some basic information on their recent performances. Please use this link to provide information (note a Gmail email account is required to access).

Accommodation Offers

Offer 1

Cascades Lakefront Motel
We are a family-orientated motel situated right on the lake edge (with no road to cross) and we have a trampoline, a heated pool and spa pool to help keep young people occupied while here. We can offer competitive rates.
303 Lake Terrace, Two Mile Bay, Taupo 3330 Phone: 07-378 3774

Offer 2

I have 32 beds booked in Taupo, within 800m of the course at Spa Park. The cost per person for the accommodation on Friday and Saturday nights, plus all meals from evening meal on Friday to breakfast on Sunday is approx. $170 per head. This offer is open to students, teachers, parents and coaches. If anyone from your school is interested, please contact me as soon as possible. I also have a small numbers of seats available for transport.

Don Dalgliesh – phone 04 4739-414 or 027 4070988

ISF World Secondary Schools' Cross Country Championships, Paris, April 2018

17 April 2018 9:13am

Congratulations to the athletes that competed in the ISF World Cross Country Championships! A report detailing this very successful trip is below.

NZSSAA Track, Field and Road Race Championships Nov 30, Dec 1/2 2018

12 April 2018 8:42am

The Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association in conjunction with Athletics Otago invite all NZSSAA affiliated schools to participate in the 2018 NZSSAA Track and Field and Road Race Championships which are to be held at the Caledonian Ground, (the “Cale”), Logan Park, Dunedin.

South and North Island Results

25 March 2018 9:48pm

Simplot Games Report

22 February 2018 11:52am

North Island Champs

20 February 2018 7:22pm

Important Notices

Team Bases
Corporate Boxes which have seating outside the box and room for 12 inside and would be ideal for team bases are available for $50. We have eight available and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

We have secured some funding for Officials (accommodation and meals). Please pass on this information and if you know of officials interested in coming to the North Is SS Championships please encourage them to attend. We all know that it is vital we have a large group of officials and we are determined to look after them.

South Island Champs

25 January 2018 8:33am

Entries will be open online from Wednesday 7th March through until 4pm on Tuesday 20th March. Please note this has changed since the preliminary information was sent out.

Final Call for California Track & Field Tour

21 December 2017 8:31am

Spots are filling up for the 2018 California Track & Field Tour. The team leaves Auckland April 3 and returns April 21. The athletes will be based in Los Angeles and compete in meets over three weekends amongst top high school and college athletes in an ideal climate conducive to top performances.

For more information contact Greg Lautenslager at (O) 03 923-2321 or (M) 027 343-5521 or via e-mail: coach@nzrunningacademy.co.nz.
Or simply apply via the website: californiatour.co.nz

Aspiring Athletes

20 December 2017 8:22am

Information below about Aspiring Athletes, formerly the Young Olympian Camps and Tours.

Australian All Schools Championships Results

12 December 2017 8:09am

Results from the Australian All School Championships 2017.

2018 Championship Dates and Venues

5 December 2017 9:46am

  • 46th New Zealand Secondary School Track, Field and 44th Road Race Championships, Caledonian Athletics Stadium, Dunedin,
    30 November-2 December 2018
  • 46th New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships and 3rd Cross Country Relay Championships, Spa Park, Taupo
    16-17 June 2018
  • North Island Secondary Schools Championships, Cooks Gardens, Whanganui
    6-8 April 2018
  • South Island Secondary Schools Championships, Aorangi Park, Timaru
    24-25 March 2018

Sheat and Smith dominate sprints on final day of schools champs

4 December 2017 8:10am

Lucy Sheat ran a stunning senior girls 100m final at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track & Field Championships, setting a new record of 11.59, erasing the oldest record in the books, Kim Robertson’s 11.66, set at the inaugural NZ schools championships in 1973.

It moves Sheat, from Marlborough Girls to seventh place on the NZ all-time women’s list and is a qualifying standard for the world junior championships.

Second in the race was Georgia Hulls in 11.93 with Anna Hayward third in 12.07 while Genna Maples won the junior girls race in 12.07.

Sheat also ran an excellent 200m in 23.42 well under the existing record but the wind was too strong for a record to be approved. The victory meant Sheat retained her senior sprint double from last year. Anna Hayward ran 24.67 for second with Leah Belfield third in 25.01.

Maia Broughton beat Maples in the junior 200m in 24.52 to 24.58.

Nick Smith blasted down the 100m straight to take out the senior boys 100m in a quick 10.61, just 0.01 outside the championship record.

TJ Paea came home second in 10.90 with Alex Dawson third in 11.03.

Dominic Overend ran an excellent 10.83 to claim the junior boy’s 100m final.

Smith went on to win the 200m final in 21.65 from Sam King and Mattheus Pio, while Tyron Hilton was impressive collecting the junior boys 200m in 22.18.

Smith, from Hutt Valley High School was the defending champion in both the 100m and 200m events.

The senior boys 800m was an exciting race with surprise winner Dylan Forde from Central Southland College outsprinting the pack to take the title in a personal best 1:54.18, with Flynn Palmer 1:55.10 second and Joshua Nairne third with 1:55.12.

Tessa Hunt from Wellington East Girls won the senior girls 800m in 2:13.08 after a good fight with Lily Trotter (2:13.66) and Sophie Atkinson 2:15.51.

Hunt went on to win the senior girls 1500m in 4:40.67.

Isaiah Priddey from Hamilton Boys grabbed victory in the senior boys 1500m to claim a double for the meeting. After a slow start, Priddey sat in behind the early leaders and got boxed in when the pace went on after two laps. He fought his way out to sit in second place behind eventual runner-up Sam Tanner with one lap to go.

Priddey unleashed his sprint over the last 300m and went to win in 4:03.89, almost a second ahead of Tanner with defending champion Nick oulai having to settle for third after diving past Theo Quax on the line.

Olly Parkinson (Auckland Grammar) took out the senior boys 110m hurdles in 14.15 while Oliver Miller (St Peter’s Auckland) was victorious in the 300m hurdles recording 37.49.

Miller was also a clear winner in the senior boys 400m recording 48.68.

The senior girls 100m hurdles went to Cara Lonergan in 14.55 and Ruby Hansen took out he 300m hurdles in 44.39.

Nick Palmer from Karamu High School was totally dominant in the senior boys shot put contest tossing the 5kg implement out to a personal best 20.35m, almost 5m clear of Sean Howe in second with 15.44 and Hamish Mears 15.11m.

The senior boys discus throw was won by Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist Connor Bell with a massive throw of 65.63m to add almost 4 metres to the 1990 record of Chris Mene, while Zion Trigger-Faitele won the junior discus to add to his shot put title won earlier in the championships.

Mellata Tatola was the winner in the senior girls hammer with 53.92 and Maria Naime won the junior girls hammer comfortably with 46.75m.

Nine new championship records were set over the three days of competition and two athletes, Lucy Sheat and Olivia McTaggart surpassed qualifying standards for World Junior Championships.

Priddey takes 3000m title while girls continue with record breaking at Schools Athletics Champs

4 December 2017 8:08am

Isaiah Priddey won the sole track final of the day, the senior boy’s 3000m, surging away from the field over the last 400m to take the title and improve on his second placing in the event the previous year.

The Hamilton Boys High School athlete clocked 8:40.12 and will now attempt to win the 1500m to complete a difficult but coveted double.

Joseph Clarke from Westlake Boys was second in 8:44.56 and Connor Melton (Cashmere High) took the bronze in 8:46.55.

Nick Forster of Lincoln College won the senior boys long jump with a best jump of 6.57m with Cameron Miller (Otago Boys) on 6.51m and Cody House third in 6.42m.

Andrew Allan (Gore High School) confirmed his favouritism in the senior boy’s triple jump, taking the title with a jump of 14.00m and improving his placing of third the previous year. Adam Norman jumped 13.79m for second and Kieran Pere was third with 13.44m.

Anthony Nobilo (Westlake Boys) won the senior boys hammer with an outstanding distance of 75.55m, just a metre short of the record. Anthony Barmes and Thomas Valentine filled the minor placings.

Kayla Goodwin from Sacred Heart Hamilton had the satisfaction of winning the senior girls triple jump following a disqualification for false starting in her 100m hurdles heat. Goodwin’s best jump of 12.10m while runner-up Lisa Putt (St Kentigern) jumped 11.48 for second ahead of Jamie Speer (Massey) with 11.72m.

Olivia McTaggart (Correspondence School) added 0.20m to the senior girl’s pole vault record, clearing 4.30m to better the record she shared with Eliza McCartney. Imogen Ayris Takapuna Grammar also jumped impressively, clearing 4.00m while Kazaya Vos filled third place with 3.30m.

Maddison Wesche created history in the senior girl’s shot put, winning her fifth consecutive schools title in a single event and breaking her own championship record with a throw of 17.02m. Jaidyn Busch threw 14.22m for second, just ahead of Mellata Tatola’s 14.15m in third.

The senior girl’s discus went to Commonwealth Youth Games silver medallist Taitiana Kaumoana from Te Aroha College with a best throw of 47.65m on her final throw. Javelin runner-up Caitlin Bonne finished with another silver medal with a throw of 44.24m and Mellata Tatola repeated her shot put third placing on 40.24m.

Tim Robinson from Wellington College emulated his older broth Cam to make it a family double for the boy’s javelin titles. Tim threw 54.43m to secure the junior boys title with defending champion Ethan Walker finishing second with 50.99m and Sheehan Ryan third on 44.05m.

Jayden Williamson from Rosmini College was the winner of the junior boy’s high jump, clearing 1.89m, just ahead of Jaundre Pienaar and Xander Manktelow, both on 1.86m.

The junior girl’s pole vault was won by Aria Rhodes from Pinehurst School with a personal best of 3.50m, setting a new championship record by 0.40m. Hannah Adye from Mt Albert Grammar also exceeded the previous record clearing 3.40m for second while Jess Sheldon from Rangitoto was over 3.20m for third place.

Genna Maples (Wanganui Collegiate) took out the junior girl’s long jump with a jump of 5.42m from Sarah Langsbury (5.19m) and Sarah Stewart (5.15m).

The junior girl’s shot put went to Caroline Kolver from St Peter’s on 13.87m with Olivia Sherman (13.26m) and Zharna Beattie (12.72m) in the minor placings.

Violet Perry from St Margaret’s came out on top in the junior girl’s discus, throwing 37.70m and defeating Zharna Beattie and Olivia Sherman.

William Stedman was the best of the Para athlete long jumpers, while Anna Steven had the longest jump of the girls.

Christina Shepherd from St Andrews College was the best of the Para athlete girl throwers while Jack Lewer showed out in the Para athlete boys.

Javelin records highlight first day of NZ Schools Championships in Hastings

2 December 2017 8:42am

Two athletes broke the previous record in the senior girls javelin competition, one of the first events at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track & Field and Road Championships being held over three days in at the Hawkes Bay Regional Sports Park in Hastings.

First Caitlyn Bonne from St Margaret’s College surpassed the previous record of 44.44m with a fantastic throw of 47.97m and then Tanya Murray of Santa Maria College unleashed a huge effort of 48.95m in the fifth round to take the title. Jessica Senior finished third with 41.05.

Cam Robinson from Wellington College was in great form in the senior boy’s javelin hitting a big personal best of 69.68m on his first attempt, well ahead of Anton Schroeder on 58.23m in second and Lochlainn Marryatt with 54.48m filling third place.

Andres Hernandez from St Bede’s in Christchurch won the first track final of the championships, taking out the junior boys 3000 final in a time of 9:05.30 from William Taylor and Josh Hou.

In a surprise result in the senior girls 3000m, Liliana Braun (Cashmere High) was victorious in 10:01.49 from Aimee Ferguson with 10:03.15 and pre-race favourite Hannah O’Connor in 10:12.80.

Charli Miller and Jemima Antoniazzi provided a one-two finish for St Peter’s School in Cambridge. Miller’s time of 10:24.24, just ahead of Antoniazzi in 10:27.06 with Tillie Hollyer in third place.

Samuel Harris was winner of the senior boys pole vault for Shirley Boys, clearing 4.25m ahead of Matthew Aucamp (4.15) and Anthony Barmes (3.65) while Joshua Bull (Catholic Cathedral) won the junior boys vault with 3.00m.

Sam Colyer from Southland Boys won the junior boys long jump with 6.28m, ahead of Harley Patel-Muxlow on 6.06m and Max Teruaa 5.87m.

The junior boys hammer was a benefit for Whangarei Boys High School with Nik Kini throwing 56.05 and Jordyn Heteraka getting out to 54.21. Third place went to Joseph Quinn on 53.57.

Zion Trigger-Faitele (Scots College) was the winner of the junior boys shot put, tossing the 5kg implement 16.62m, ahead of hammer winner Kini (16.08) and Adam Stack on 13.46.

See past news items in the archive.