Easy win falls short of Edwards’ ambition

Phoebe Edwards had mixed feelings after retaining her national under-18 heptathlon title, in Hamilton, at the weekend.

The Wellington East athlete was almost 700 points ahead of her nearest rival but while happy to add another title, she failed in her quest for a personal best.

Edwards recorded 4710 points compared to her PB of 4828, which she achieved last November.

She had set herself the stiff target of 5000 points, which would have given her a New Zealand record and also qualified her for the world youth championships.

“I wanted a PB, so it was a bit disappointing,” she said. “But you can’t have a good day every day and a lot has to go right in a heptathlon. We also had a headwind for the hurdles and 200m.”

Edwards had recorded a PB of 32.45 metres for the javelin the previous week and produced a big throw when warming up in Hamilton but her best in competition was 28.40m.

She will now switch her attention to the national track and field championships, which begin in Wellington on March 6.

Edwards has already achieved the high jump qualifying mark for the world youth championships and will tackle both the under-18 and under-20 high jump at the nationals.