Bolt from the blue cleans up in the sprints
The chant went up for Usain Bolt at Newtown Park yesterday.
“Usain Bolt, Usain Bolt” the St Pat’s Town supporters chanted as Alex Haye ran away from his rivals in the 400m to complete a clean sweep of the open sprints.
“People have been starting to call me that this year,” said Haye, who was born in England but has a Jamaican grandmother. “I don’t mind being named after my idol.”
Haye, who has huge potential as a 400m runner, won the 100m, 200m and 400m yesterday and appeared to be too fast for the timing mechanism.
The electronic timing failed only twice but Haye was the winner both times. He was hand-timed at 22.2 for the 200m and 49.4 for the 400m, while he equalled his best when recording 11.38 in the 100m.
He had been hoping to break the McEvedy record of 49.10 in the 400m, while his 200m time yesterday was also close to the meeting record. It suggested the 17-year-old is in good shape for the national championships this weekend, when he will be up against Bailey Stewart in the under-20 400m. Haye’s main goal for the year is to go under 48 seconds for the 400m.
He was far too good for his rivals in the 200m and 400m yesterday but only just caught Wellington College’s Reece Ford in the 100m.
Ford has been battling a hamstring injury this summer but most people, including Haye, thought Ford had held on yesterday and it was some time after the race before he was aware that he had been beaten.
The 100 and 200m double was completed in all four age groups. Nathan Stirling (Town) won both races in the under-14, Ben Murphy (Wellington College) dominated in the under-15 and Nick Smith (Silverstream) was too quick for Yasheek Rosario in quality fields for the under-16 sprints.
Smith and Rosario recorded the two fastest times for 100m at the meeting when recording 11.14 and 11.23 respectively, with Rosario’s time being a personal best.
Smith, who was previously at Hutt Valley High School, was competing at his first McEvedy.
“It [McEvedy] was one of the factors but not the main factor [for the change],” Smith said. “Silverstream is a great all-round school and I’m enjoying boarding.”
Ryan Scaife (Silverstream), who had been devastated when pushed off the track in the 800m, responded with a dominant win in the open 1500m.
Stirling was dominant in the under-14 grade, winning the 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles, discus, long jump and triple jump and finishing second on the high jump and shot put. He set a record in the long jump while Max Press (u16 800m), Dylan Lynch (u14 3000m) and Cam Robinson (u15 javelin) also set new records.