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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.

Scratchings

27 November 2017 4:10pm

Scratching from single events closes Tuesday November 28 at midnight.

Scratchings should be performed in the online entries system. To scratch an athlete from a single event click on the athlete’s name in Current Entries and when their information opens select ‘clear’ next to the left of the event the athlete wishes to scratch from. To remove an athlete completely from the competition select Remove to the right of their name in Current Entries.

Timed Programme

25 November 2017 9:38pm

Please note: Friday Junior Girls Long Jump will have 2 qualifying pools at 1 pm and 2.30 pm. Junior Boys Long Jump will be a final starting at 4.00 pm . Junior and Senior Girls 3000m will be straight finals on Friday evening. Heats are required (at this stage) for the Senior Boys 2000m Steeplechase on Saturday at 5pm. In the short hurdles only Junior Girls require a semi final on Sunday morning.

Agenda of 2017 NZSSAA AGM

23 November 2017 12:00am

Championship T-Shirts

26 October 2017 9:23am

Championship T-shirts are available for purchase through online entries. Orders (sizes and payment) need to be completed by the person responsible for entries.

T-shirts cost $25 and the following sizes are available (1/2 chest): S – 50.5cm, M – 53cm, L – 56 cm, XL – 58cm, 2XL – 60.5cm.

Orders can be done in Online Entries or using the order form below.

California Track & Field Tour 2018

23 October 2017 1:08pm

Applications are being accepted from New Zealand Secondary Schools athletes in all events for the eighth annual California Track & Field Tour. The team will leave Auckland on April 3 and return April 21. The athletes will be based in Los Angeles and compete in meets over three weekends in Southern and Central California. Athletes on past tours have achieved many personal bests against top U.S. high school competition in an ideal climate conducive to top performances. To learn more about the tour and to apply, go to californiatour.co.nz or contact Greg Lautenslager, Athletics Nelson Head Coach and California Track & Field Tour Director at (O) 03 923-2321 or (M) 027 343-5521 or via e-mail: coach@nzrunningacademy.co.nz.

Australian All Schools Athletics Championships Adelaide 8-10 December

24 September 2017 9:00am

Congratulations to the athletes that have been selected to compete at the Australian Championships:

Additional Coach/Managers required

Expressions of interest for 2 positions of assistant coach/manager (either 2 women or a man and woman) to take the NZSSAA team to the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships in Adelaide, December 8,9,10 are called for. The team will depart on December 6 and return on December 12. Applications should be emailed to John Tylden, NZSSAA Chairman by October 9 2017 using oe@nzssaa.org.nz.
Please provide a brief resume of your experience with secondary school athletes and team management. If you have any questions please email John Tylden.

The New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association is proposing to select and manage a team to this year’s Australian All Schools Athletics Championships to be held in Adelaide. Although these championships are associated with the Pacific Schools Games our team will be taking part in the All Schools Championships rather than the Pacific Schools Games themselves. The NZSSAA team will be a maximum of 32 athletes with a maximum of 18 from one gender and a minimum of 14 from the other gender plus 4 Team Manager/Coaches.

Kennedy Park Resort NZSSAA Track, Field and Road Championships, Hawkes Bay Regional Sports Park, Hastings December 1-3 2017

31 August 2017 8:39am

Suggestions of changes to the placement and timing of events are welcome to John Tylden at oe@nzssaa.org.nz by July 31. The times shown are indicative only and the final timing will occur after entries have closed in November.

One change has already been made: Shot Put JB from 1.30 Sunday to 5.00pm Friday. Contact John Tylden if this proposed change is a problem (e.g. travel already arranged to suit original time) for anyone please.

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

22 August 2017 9:20am

Congratulations to the schools and athletes below that have been selected to represent New Zealand at the ISF World Cross Country Champs in Paris in 2018.

School Girls team – St Cuthberts College
School Boys team – Westlake Boys

Selected Girls – Hannah O’Connor (Sacred Heart Girls’ College New Plymouth), Phoebe McKnight (Hutt Valley High School), Tessa Webb (Fielding High School), Tessa Hunt (Wellington East Girls College), Aimee Ferguson (Rototuna Senior High School), Sofia Kennedy (Middleton Grange School). Non Travelling reserves: Gemma Baldey (Whakatane High School), and two others yet to be named.

Selected Boys Team – Samuel Tanner (Bethlehem College) , Murdoch McIntyre (Westlake Boys High School), Liam Back (Wanganui Collegiate School), George Cory-Wright (Kings College), Logan Slee (Hutt International Boys School), Andres Hernandez (St Bedes College). Non-travelling reserves in alphabetical order are: Jack Elliott (New Plymouth Boys’ High School), Dion Housten (Christ’s College), George Lambert (Wanganui Collegiate), Will Taylor (Christchurch Boys’ High School).

Australian Cross Country Champs

13 August 2017 11:02pm

The report and results from the Australian Cross Country Championships 2017 are available.

NZSSAA Service Awards

9 August 2017 9:40am

NZSSAA is calling for nominations for service to secondary school athletes from teachers, coaches and others involved with our sport (Track, Field, Road Race and Cross Country). People may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone who has knowledge of their nominee’s involvement.

NZSSAA has been in existence since 1973 and there are many who have given years of service over that time and we wish to recognise that with the presentation of a service badge even if they have been retired from active involvement for a number of years.

As a guide for those being nominated we have used the Athletics NZ 20 years of involvement as being the requirement for a service award but will be flexible on that depending on circumstances.

Please email your nominations with the name of the school or region they have been most closely associated with and a brief citation covering their service to secondary school athletics to John Tylden by Nov 1 2017.

See past news items in the archive.