Diana Oloapu makes her mark with triple strike
Just wait until Diana Oloapu starts doing some serious training for the shot put.
The Naenae College year 13 bagged a hat-trick of records when she won gold in the senior shot put at the North Island track and field championships in Auckland at the weekend.
In less than three weeks, Oloapu has set three meeting records.
She began with a meeting record of 14.32m at the Hutt zone championships, broke another record with 14.63 at the Wellington regional meeting and extended her personal best to 14.90m in Auckland.
She threw almost a metre further than the runner-up at the North Island champs and comfortably exceeded the previous record of 14.56m, set by Siositina Hakeai in 2011.
Remarkably, Oloapu has been concentrating on volleyball this summer and has done virtually no athletics training.
In addition, she was late for the shot put in Auckland and missed her first throw. She was not fazed and also broke the previous record when throwing 14.76 at her second throw, before recording 14.90 at her third attempt.
A hectic schedule had contributed to her late arrival at Mt Smart. She had spent the previous five days in Palmerston North at the national volleyball championships, leading Naenae to a top 20 placing.
She returned to Wellington on Friday evening to repack and catch a late flight to Auckland and did not arrive in Auckland till 10.30.
Oloapu is also a capable rugby player but had her sporting year disrupted by a significant knee injury last year, suffered while attending Outward Bound, and will probably ease her way into the rugby season.
Wellington throwers made a mark at the North Island championships. Ben Power (HIBS) did not extend his PBs but still completed a winning treble, taking gold in the open shot put, discus and hammer and Brandy Collins (Bishop Viard) set new records in the senior girls para discus and shot put.
Nick Smith (Silverstream) won the intermediate 100m and 200m and broke 11 seconds for the second time when recording 10.99 in the 100m.
James Preston (Scots) recorded a PB of 1:54.52 when winning the senior 800m and Alex Haye (Town) won the senior 400m and was runner-up in the 200m and Kelsey Forman (East) won the open steeplechase.
Other title winners included Kirstie Rae (East) junior 800m, Libby Leikis (Wellington Girls) para 100m and 200m, Dylan Lynch (Wellington College) junior 3000m, Solo Roderick (Scots) junior triple jump, Max Press (Silverstream) intermediate 1500m and Finn Neely (Hutt Valley) intermediate long jump.
Phoebe Edwards (East) qualified for the world youth championships heptathlon, with 5163 points, when runner-up in the under-18 grade at the Australian championships in Brisbane at the weekend.