Three Running Records Broken at Regional Track and Field Championships

Damp conditions failed to dowse the 2021 Wellington Regional Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships at Newtown Park on Tuesday.

Scots College’s Will Anthony was one of three record breakers on a wet but mostly still day on the track, with a super-impressive Senior Boys 1500m race win.

Anthony broke a meet record that had stood since 1977 – and held by his coach Alistair Leslie. His time of 3.53.90 bettered former Tawa College runner Leslie’s time of 3.58.30.

Fresh off a successful weekend at the National Track and Field Championships, Anthony powered to his win a virtual solo race and was congratulated at the finish line by coach Leslie.

Anthony was thrilled with the win and the record.

“The record has been a target of mine for the past year or so, and I came here today hoping to smash it and it worked,” he said afterwards.

“I had a tough weekend of racing at the Athletics New Zealand Nationals, winning gold in the U20 5000m and silver in the 1500m and running a PB of 3.51.01. So to come from that and then achieve this a few days later is pretty awesome.”

“I had a few splits out there today to try and hit and see how the legs felt and I got through a lap and felt pretty wrecked. I sort of tried to hold on to the end.”

Anthony, along with other leading athletes from the meet, will next compete in the North Island Secondary School Championships in Hamilton from 10-11 He is doing the 1500m and 3000m at that meet.

There were two other running records.

The first was in the very first race of the day, with Paraparaumu College’s Poppy McGregor-Rae winning the Junior Girls 3000m in a best new time of 10.17.54. This broke a six-year record set by Phoebe McKnight (HVHS) by over three seconds.

Sacha Kilmister of Kapiti College established a new meet record in winning the JG 300m, battling it out with Wellington Girls’ College’s Poppy Healy all the way to the finishing tape in a best new time of 43.13. The previous record was set in 2007 by C. O’Callaghan of Wellington East. Winner Kilmister’s mother was a former sprint champion in the 1990s.

In a round-up of results, and starting on the track, Wairarapa College’s Jack Hunter was an easy winner of the Intermediate Boys 1500m, backing up his Junior Boys win in the same race at the NZSS Nationals in December and his second place in the Enduro event at the NZSS mountain biking championships last weekend.

Hutt Valley High School’s Eva Green won the JG 1500m, while Wellington East’s Eliza Squire took home the IG 1500m, in a race that saw Wellington East and Wellington Girls’ runners fill the first five places.

St Pat’s Silverstream’s Callum Wos was the JB Boys 3000m winner, in the same race as McGregor-Rae established her record.

Other 3000m winners included IG winners Lucy Jurke of Wellington Girls’ and Max Poland of Silverstream, and Tawa College’s Liam Wright and Meaghan Casey of St Mary’s in the SB and SG races respectively.

Paraparaumu College pair Ben Lambert and Niamh Geye claimed the Intermediate Boys and Girls 200m double for their school.

Silverstream’s Oliver Krijnen came home in 22.33 in the SB 200m, not far shy of the meet record that has been held by St Pat’s Town’s Matthew Coad in 1993.

Sacha Kilmister of Kapiti College scorched home in 26.89 to win the JG 200m, not far short of the meet record which still stands since 1993.

Wairarapa College’s Hannah Donald edged Bebe Newman from WGC and Erana Ngarimu in a close SG 200m race.

Hutt Valley High School’s Jesse McKenzie was a convincing winner of the Junior Girls 800m, St Pat’s Town’s Jaguu Gungregjav-Willers powered home to win the equivalent boys race. The latter did the double by also winning the JB 1500m.

Former National Junior champion, on the same track, Alex Martin of Wellington College put the hammer down over the second lap in winning the IB 800m. Martin was also a close second to NZSS Secondary Schools champion Sebastian Skelton of Scots College in the IB 400m. Both Skelton and Martin ran PBs in this race.

Wellington Girls’ College’s Katelyn Sceats claimed the IG 400m title, Tawa College’s Becs Jenkin the SG 400m and Axel McKenna also of Tawa College the SB 400m.

Former National Junior Champion, Ruby Barton of Samuel Marsden Collegiate School kicked clear of her rivals on the home straight to win the SG 800m.

It was a Wellington College one-two in the SB 800m, with Oscar Crowe winning in 1:58.45 from second placed Jack Julian in 1:59.13.

Newlands College’s Holly Robins was the only starter in the JG 70m hurdles, as was Anya Dunlop-Brown of Sacred Heart in the SG 100m hurdles. Onslow College’s Olivia Ingham pipped teammate Celena Gotico in the IG 80m hurdles.

Ryan Mallon of St Pat’s Town was the IG Boys 100m hurdles winner, to go with his IG Boys Long Jump and IG Boys Triple Jump win (below). School mate Liam Jones won the SB 110m hurdles, just shy of the 2009 meet record held by another Town athlete Matt Proctor.

Silverstream’s Liam Willcocks took home the SB 300m Hurdles title

Paraparaumu College’s Lucas Lambert powered home in taking the JB 80m.

Michael Lopez of Silverstream won the JB 300m.

The 100m finals were all popular races, as always.

The JG 100m saw Analin Rudd of Marsden win well.

The JB 100m was won by Rongotai College athlete Mario Filo-Smith, pipping Scots’ Richard Jones on the line.

The IG 100m saw Paraparaumu College’s Niamh Gedye take the line honors, while Paraparaumu’s Ben Lambert was a deserved winner of the IG 100m final and HIBs’ Tyrone Trego edged Silverstream pair Oliver Krijnen and Matthew Bealing in the final of the SB 100m.

The SG 100m saw Bebe Newman from Wellington Girls’ College win from Erana Ngarimu of St Mary’s and Athena Ma’alo from Wellington East.

In the field, Celena Gotico of Onslow College leapt 4.88m on her first attempt to win the Intermediate Girls Long Jump.

Silverstream’s Matthew Bealing jumped 6.56m to win the Senior Boys Long Jump, backing up his NZSS win in December.

Ryan Mallon was the only jumper to clear 6m (four times in five jumps) in winning the IG Long Jump, whilst Kapiti College’s Dominic Mettrick took home the JB Long Jump title.

The IB High Jump came down to the last round, with Wellington College’s Sam Mastreani clearing 1.88m, from second placed Bronson Schmidt-Uili of St Pat’s Silverstream with 1.85m. The JB High Jump was won by Shea Boshier of Naenae College.

The SB High Jump saw Silverstream’s Phelan Rona win with 1.88m, ahead of HVHS Anton Ledger and Long Jump winner and schoolmate Matthew Bealing in third. The SG High Jump was won by Becs Jenkins from Tawa College.

Winner Summer Stevens of Paraparaumu College and second placed Tapini Raea of Wellington Girls’ contested the JG High Jump honours, and Olivia Ingham of Onslow College won the IG High Jump.

Wellington College’s Jamie Kearns won the SB Triple Jump, ahead of Taylor Singer from Otaki and a pair of Rongotai College athletes, Jude Sneddon and Adam Bilaal. Analin Rudd from Marsden won the SG Triple Jump, Lucy Skogstad of Wellington East won the IG Triple Jump, St Pat’s Town’s MJ Des Tombe claimed the JB Triple Jump Ryan Mallon of Town won the SB Triple jump and Sarah Jennings of Wellington Girls’ the SG hop, skip and jump title.

Sacred Heart College’s Tayla-Rei Rahui-Laulau won the SG Javelin by over four metres, while schoolmate Isabel To’ia won the JG Shot Put on her first throw of 9.93m.

Kaleb Sola from HVHS beat two St Pat’s Town athletes to win the SB Javelin, whilst Andre Gunderson of Silverstream won the IB Javelin, in the last completed field event of the day.

Paloma King, also of Sacred Heart, won a tightly contested JG Long Jump, recording her winning leap of 4.96m on her last attempt, Marsden’s Analin Rudd in second with 4.85m.

This bettered SG Long Jump winner Erana Ngarimu of St Mary’s College by a centimetre.

Elizabeth Hewitt of Chilton St James was a clear winner of the SG Shot put that followed.

Chelsey Moananu of Wellington East threw a best of 32.21m to win the IG Girls Javelin, while Rebecca Bailey from St Oran’s won the JG Javelin wit a best of 26.74m. MJ Des Tombe of St Pat’s Town edged Wellington College’s Troy Plumtree to win the JB Javelin.

Dante Ford-Tuveve of St Pat’s Town was super-impressive in winning the JB Discus title in 46.92m, over seven metres further than second. But Otaki College’s Taylor Singer’s winning SB Discus throw of 43.33m was just ahead of Wellington College’s Caleb Stanley and HVHS’s Kaleb Sola in a three-way battle.

The Hammer events were a family affair.

Xavier Sola of Rongotai College won the JB Hammer, Alexander Hewitt took the IB Hammer, sister Hewitt won the SG Hammer and Kaleb Sola was the only entrant in the SB Hammer.

Dante-Ford’s win in the JB Shot Put was much closer, his best hurl of 11.99m – on his first throw – edging the 11.69m of Silverstream’s Heath Tuifao and the 11.33m of Rongotai’s Xavior Sola.

St Pat’s Town’s Dominic Leota-Johnson saw off his nearest rivals, including two from St Pat’s Town, to win the SB Shot Put with a put of 13.77m.

Elizabeth Hewitt of Chilton St James was a clear winner of the SG Shot Put, as was Paraparaumu College’s Andre Gunderston in the IB Discus, the latter wining by nine metres.

HVHS thrower Mikayla Sola won the SG Shot Put and Paraparaumu’s Andre Gunderson the IB Shot Put.

Hewitt was also a clear-cut SG Discus winner, while Mikayla Sola of HVHS claimed the IG Discus by seven metres and Isabel To’ia of Sacred Heart won the JG Discus. Sola also won the IG Hammer.

There was a programme of AWD events throughout the day.

Josh Taylor of Wairarapa College won the AWD Boys 200m and the Javelin and Long Jump.

Simon Donovan of Newlands College won the 100m. Tiffany Natta won the Girls 100m, and the Shot Put.

Katelyn Murphy of Paraparaumu College won the AWD Girls Long Jump.

Wairarapa athletes were first, second and third in the AWD Boys Shot Put, with Sam Neal the winner. Neal also won the Boys Discus.

The relays concluded the day’s events. These were won by St Pat’s Town (JB), Wellington Girls’ (JG), Wellington Girls’ (IG), Wellington College (IB) and Silverstream (SB).

All results from the day can be found HERE.


-Story courtesy of College Sport Media