Trego Tops at Regionals

“I was confused. Typically, I struggle at the start but I was right with him at halfway. I knew I had a chance if I went 110 percent over the next 50 meters,” Tyrone Trego reflected after his shock victory over Oliver Krijnen in the senior 100 meters’ at the College Sport Wellington Regional Athletics Championships on Tuesday.

In driving at Newtown Park the Year 12 Hutt International Boys’ School (HIBS) sprinter pipped his St Patrick’s College, Silverstream rival, and national silver medalist, Oliver Krijnen for the first time in a competitive race.

“I ran 11.2183 which is nearly to my PB. I could feel the water slapping onto my back as I built speed otherwise it wasn’t that much different from a normal race.”

It was real close. I think my final lunge five meters out got me there. Oliver looked pretty surprised but he was good about it.”

The pair train together in Whitby and actually share a lot in common. Trego took up sprinting at intermediate to help sustain fitness during the summer. He started with a personal best of 12.18, but has whittled that down to 11.20 despite missing an entire season with injury. Unfortunately, Krijnen had suffered a similar fate.

Trego was initially coached by his Dad and overcame some apathy to join a club and get serious. He attended Nationals in Tauranga last year and warns his best is yet to come.

“I don’t want this result to be a one-off. I’m obviously very happy with it here and now, but I don’t want it to define me.”

Nationals aren’t until December but Trego has put the competition on notice.

“I’ve had a good season. It’s great to see some of the hard work pay off, but I have to keep working harder if I want to achieve even better results.”

A rugby player in the winter, Trego is a likely selection on the wing in the HIBS First XV. He’s concerned about his teams’ relative lack of size but insists they’ll “be fit, fast and hearty.”

In 2020 HIBS was a Premier II side. Grading for Premier I starts on May 8 with three games to determine Premier I placements.


-Story Courtesy of College Sport Media