Three records broken and close competition at Regional Athletics 

Roderick Solo (Scots College) broke the senior boys long jump record with a 6.71m jump.

The College Sport Wellington Regional Athletics championships were held in blustery conditions at Newtown Park today.  The wild wind didn’t stop three records from being broken, a series of strong performances and some close competition across the board.

Roderick Solo from Scots College leapt 6.71m to win the senior boys long jump and also won the 110m hurdles and the triple jump.  In the hurdles Solo ran at record pace, but the wind was too strong for the time to be officially recognised.  Solo’s long jump mark broke the previous record of 6.60m held by T Langdon (Parkway College) which stretched back to 1977.

Another Scots student, Will Anthony, ran 9:00.04 in winning the intermediate 3000m.  Anthony smashed the field winning by 38 seconds, and broke the record.

The only girl to break a record was Elizabeth Hewitt from Chilton St James, who threw 12.51m to claim the junior shot put title.  She also won the junior girls discus, and was 3rd in the 100m.

Sophia Hardie (St Oran’s) competing in the 4x100m relay team.

The senior boys and senior girls 400m were both won by Wairarapa runners.  Wairarapa College’s Mikael Strzynski beat Wellington College’s Finley Tohill  into second to claim the boys race, while St Matthews’ Kate Sommers burst through to win the girls in a time that was the 5th fastest U18 400m of the season nationally.

St Matthews’ Kate Sims won the senior girls 200m-400m.

The junior girls long jump was super tight, with Wellington East Girls College’s Athena Ma’alo winning in 4.74m with her final jump of the competition, beating St Mathews’ Darby Lambert 4.71m in the process.  Lambert won the triple jump barefoot, twice jumping 9.32m.

Ma’alo capped off a successful day by powering through to win both the junior girls 100m and 200m finals.

The junior boys long jump also came down to the final set of jumps.  Wellington College’s Jamie Kearns was in the lead throughout the competition with 5.50m, but Wellington High School’s Ari Chang-Koed surpassed 5.90m with the last jump of the competition to take victory.

Amania Mafil from Upper Hutt College won the senior girls shot put in a canter.  Her throw of 13.44m into the wind in her first attempt proved to be the best of the day.

National Champion Cam Robinson from Wellington College expended little effort in winning the javelin. Robinson threw twice, with 62.99m the winning total.  Robinson was battling a back injury.

Oliver Krijnen from St Pat’s Silverstream repeated his effort from the McEvedy Shield winning the junior boys 100m and 200m as well as the shot put.  Another McEvedy standout, Joshua Williams was in sharp form for Wellington College, winning the intermediate 100m in 10.99s, just shy of the event record.

Wellington Colege left-armer Sean Howe won the senior boys discus with an into-the-wind heave of over 50 metres, beating blond haired Kapiti College competiitor Louis Northcott by three metres.  Howe backed up his discus with victory in the senior boys shot put.

St Mary’s College’s Jade Matthews-Wanden jumped 10.33 halfway through the competition to see off the challengers in the intermediate girls triple jump. Previously, she had won her hurdles race as well.

Jenna Mckenzie from Wellington Girls’ College beat Laura Bundy from Aotea College into second on the line to win the senior girls 100m. Bundy had won the senior triple jump.

The junior girls 1500m saw a close race and a dramatic finish with the blue St Catherine’s singlet of Edie Kozyniak pulling ahead at the end to take the tape ahead of frontrunners Anna Bassett from WEGC and Pippa Nicol Queen Margaret College.

Wellington College’s Jack Julian won a close junior boys 1500m encounter, while Ethipoian-based diplomat’s daughter Maia Ramsden won the intermediate girls 800m and 1500m, and Finn Seeds powered to win the intermediate boys 1500m.  Wellington College’s recent McEvedy captain Dylan Lynch took the senior boys 1500m.

The North Island Secondary School championships are in Wanganui on April 6. For full results of today’s meet click here

Article courtesy of College Sport Media