Athletics Auckland Cross Country Grand Prix 4, Long Bay Regional Park - 9 July 2016

Jono Jackson is having a dream run of late over the country, notching up another victory in a shorter than usual 4km race. Jackson withstood a fast start provided by Harry Ewing in the combined senior and juniors event and put the hammer down over the second 2km lap to scorch home in 12:50, Cameron Graves and Ewing were neck and neck in 13:00 with Peter Wheeler next in 13:10.

Jackson said that it was another run in his lead up to the Auckland and national championships.

"It is always a fast race here, because its combined with the juniors so the starts pretty brisk and we went out in 2:54 so it was a fast start and then it was the last survivor and it managed to be me today.

"I made my break on the second lap on the back straight into the wind it really was the tough bit so I just put myself in the box and manged to get that little bit of a lead and kick it to the finish," said Jackson.

The shorter than usual distance suited Esther Keown who repeated her win of last year. The 2008 world schools cross country champion recorded 15:23 for the 4km, 22 seconds ahead of North Harbour Bays team mates Fiona Love and Charlotte Gordon. Grace Wood won the U/20 in the combined race in 15:54.

"I like shorter stuff, thats better for me," said Keown on finishing.

"Ill do the Auckland championships and the national championships, but dont expect too much as Im not very good over 10k as its all for the strength for track.

"Ill concentrate on the 1500m next track season and Im going to try and qualify for the world university games. My target time is 4:15.00," she added.

Sasha Daniels went head to head with Nick Moore in the masters 4km, Daniels outsprinting Moore to win by two seconds in 14:23. Carly Graham likewise was the first master woman in 16:56, two seconds ahead of Anna McRae. Jacob Holmes won the U18 and Georgia Clode the U18 women.

Open Indoor Pole Vault, AUT Millennium Institute

2 July: Olivia McTaggart 3.75m, Jamie Scroop (Aust) 3.75, Imogen Ayris 3.60m.

9 July: Olivia McTaggart 3.65m, Hannah Lunday 3.50m PB.


South Island Cross Country Championships, Incorporating the Kennett Cup Steeples, Ascot Golf Course QEII Park - 9 July 2016

Sean Eustace, 2014 youth 3000m champion won the open 9km in 28:27 from 2015 national steeplechase champion Daniel Balchin 28:40 and national junior 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m champion Cameron Avery 28:57. Liliana Braun (14) won the womens open 5km in 18:31 from Gabby Gray 18:39 and Bridie Edwards 18:41. Chris Mardon was the best of the masters in the 9km in 30:23 heading in Richard Bennett 31:27 and Martin Lukes 32:04. Mel Aitken won the masters women 5km in 19:41, beating Maggie Chorley by five seconds with Johanna Buick third in 20:27. The junior mens 7km went to Jared Lautenslager in 22:34 from Goitem Gerbremedihan 23:16. Mitchell Small won the youth 5km in 16:12, Nick Moulai was second in 16:20. Sophie Smith won the junior 5km in 19:35. Andres Hermandez won the 13/14 3km in 10:47 and Lydia Robinson the G13/14 3km in 11:42.


Edmond Cup Cross Country Races, Wingatui Race Course, Mosgiel - 9 July 2016

Oli Chignell won the open 5km in 16:03. Kirk Madgwick was second in 16:10 with Blair Martin third in 16:50. Hill City University won the teams from Caversham and Leith. Hanna English won the womens open 5km in 19:07 from Katrina Andrew 19:30 and Christine Montgomery 21:30. The womens teams went to Caversham. William Scharpf won the boys under 15 2.5km in 9:09 and Caitlin ODonnell the girls in 10:28.


Southland Cross Country Championships, Waimumu - 9 July 2016

Results followed the formbook with Jack Beaumont and Hannah Miller dominating the 9.3km testing, farmland course. The pair ran up a grade to compete as seniors and claim the top championship trophies. Beaumont (Winton) has based himself in Queenstown to take advantage of the terrain in his build up for the World Mountain Championships but a steady diet of high mileage in the hills had little effect on the 19 year old. His 31:26 was almost 3:30 ahead of next finisher Dwight Grieve who in turn held out Fiordland team mate Neville Thorn. Hannah Miller (Gore) was equally dominant with 37:32 for the 9.3km. Grieves second placing won him the masters men title with Corey Mennell (Rivt) second and Tim De Ridder (St Pauls) third. Angela Ryan (St Pauls) was first masters women, a convincing two minutes ahead of Debbie Telfer (Inv) with Lyla Belesky (Fiord) third. Most competitive grade was the MU18 over 6k, won by Jack McNaughton (St Pauls) in 22:24, Alan Wilson-Woodford (Winton) 22:53, Buddy Small 23:00 (St Pauls). While McNaughtons 30 second margin seemed comfortable, the trio were still together with a little over a kilometre to go when McNaughton applied the pressure. Grade winners: U11 girls Nicole Green (Fiord); U11 boys Jacob Boniface (Inv); U13 girls Kennedy Taylor (St Pauls); U15 girls Tylah Rose Wilson Woodford (Winton); U15 boys Aleks Cheifetz (Inv); U18 girls Bailey McColl (St Pauls), U18 boys McNaughton, U20 boys Adam Hills (Gore), SW Miller, SM Beaumont, MM35 Grieve, MM50 Mervyn Potter (Gore) MM60 Gary Kirkman Fiord); MW Ryan, Teams: Jr men St Pauls, SM Gore.


Grote Prijs Stad Lokeren, 3 July: Additional performances; Rochelle Coster 100m H 13.61 (+0.4) (2h2), 13.34 (+0.9) (4). Cameron French 400m H 50.37 (2h2), Michael Cochrane 400m H 50.97 (3). Eric Speakman 1500m 3:39.74 (2). Nneka Okpala TJ 13.50m (+1.5) (3).

Flanders Cup Combined Events, Nieuwpoort, 2/3 July: Veronica Torr heptathlon 5823 points (1), 100m H 13.96 (-2.1), HJ 1.72m, SP 13.13m, 200m 25.89 (-3.2), LJ 6.10m (+1.3), JT 43.77m, 800m 2:21.98.

Guldensporenmeeting, Flanders Cup, Kortrijk, 9 July: Brad Mathas 800m 1:52.68 (7r3). Eric Speakman 1500m 3:41.28 (7r2).


Rosenheim League, Tooting London, 29 June: Julia Ratcliffe HT 66.48m (1).

UK Womens League, Lee Valley London, 2 July: Julia Ratcliffe HT 64.62m (1).

BMC Grand Prix, Solihull, 9 July: Angie Petty 1500m 4:14.81 (2). Camille Buscomb 5000m 15:55.01 (3).

Southern League, Linford Christie Stadium, London, 9 July: Julia Ratcliffe HT 70.75m NZ National record, improving on her record of 70.28m in Princeton USA two years ago. Julia had another competition on 10 July, throwing 68.80m in cold, wet and windy conditions.

EAP International Combined Events, Hexham Wentworth, 9/10 July: Veronica Torr heptathlon 100m H 13.69 (+1.6), HT 1.66m, SP 12.72m, 200m 25.40 (+3.8), LJ 5.85m (+0.3), withdrew from the competition.


Letterkenny, 2 July: Katherine Marshall 800m 2:06.10 (3).


Abendsportfest, Pfungstadt, 6 July: Jarvis Hansen 100m 11.25 (-0.3) (5), 200m 23.46 (+0.3) (4). Brad Mathas 800m 1:47.15 PB (3). Zoe Hobbs 100m 11.84 (+0.6) (1). Lucy Sheat 100m 12.09 (+0.6) (1). Olivia Eaton 200m 24.49 (+0.1) (2). Alison Andrews-Paul 400m 56.18 PB, previous best over two years ago (1). Maddison-Lee Wesche SP 14.68m (1). Siositina Hakeai DT 56.97m (1). Lauren Bruce DT 42.28m (1).

Reinland-Pfalz Meistersc, Eisenberg, 9 July: Hamish Gill 100m 10.64 =PB (+0.6) (1h1). Jordan Bolland 100m 11.11 (-0.8) (1h2), 11.04 (-2.1) (3), 200m 21.53 (0.0) (1h3). Ethan Holman 100m 11.13 (-0.8) (2h2), 11.12 (-2.1) (4). Jarvis Hansen 100m 11.28 (-2.1) (1h3), 11.34 (-2.1) (5). Zoe Hobbs 100m 11.93 (-0.4). Olivia Eaton 100m 12.07 (-0.4). Symone Tafunai 10mm 12.16 (-0.4). Georgia Hulls 100m 12.19 (+0.5), 200m 24.08. Lucy Sheat 100m 12.20 (-1.8). Brooke Somerfield 100m 12.22 (+0.5). 4 x 100m relay (Holman, Gill, Bolland, Hansen) 41.57 (1). 4 x 100m relay (Somerfield, Sheat, Hobbs, Hulls) 45.12 (1). James Preston 800m 1:51.27 (1). Alison Andrews-Paul 800m 2:06.87 (1). Maddison-Lee Wesche SP 14.36m (1).

Hammerwerfen Mit Musik, Langenbrand, Baden-Wurttemberg, 9 July: Lauren Bruce HT 60.35m PB.

Westdeutsche meisterscha, Monchengladbach, 10 July: Rochelle Coster 100m H 13.38 (-1.1) (1h1). Elizabeth Lamb HJ 1.80m (2). Nneka Okpala TJ 13.24m (-1.1) (1).


Meeting de Guebwiller, 26 June: Siositina Hakeai DT 57.38m (1).


Matar, 6 July: Cameron French 400m H 50.21.


Gold Coast Winter Meet, Griffiths University Track, 25 June: Louise Jones 400m 54.97 (2).

Gold Coast Downunder highlights will appear in next weeks roundup.


Athletics Auckland Annual General Meeting - 7 July 2016

Rodger Brickland, Board member of Athletics Auckland and a Life Member of New Zealand Childrens Athletic Association received Life Membership of Athletics Auckland. Merit Awards were presented to Peter Wyatt, chair of Athletics Auckland Board, Fiona Maisey convenor of Athletics Auckland junior section and long standing official and cross country and road selector Geoff Haigh. Murray McKinnon was re-elected President for the 17th year. Bryce Hall and David Sim were elected to the Board of Directors. Sasha Daniels did not seek re-election to the Board and was elected honorary solicitor.

Athletics Wellington Annual General Meeting - 20 June 2016

Willy Szeto, chair of Athletics Wellington junior committee and David Lonsdale, Athletics Wellington President were accorded Life Membership of Athletics Wellington. David Lonsdale was re-elected President for a third term. Andrew Cooper, Board chair and Hamish Girvan, chair of the health and safety committee, were re-elected to the Board.


Former World Masters and New Zealand hammer throw champion and Commonwealth Games representative Max Carr OBE of Tauranga died on Tuesday 5 July 2016 aged 94.

He was five times New Zealand hammer throw champion between 1947 and 1963, representing Canterbury and the last four Wellington. He finished sixth in the hammer throw and eighth in the discus throw at the 1950 Auckland British Empire Games and at the 1954 Vancouver British Empire and Commonwealth Games was eighth in the hammer throw. He was also the flagbearer at the 1954 Games. Carr was the athletic section manager with the team to the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. In his first New Zealand senior championships in 1945 he won the long jump, was second in the triple jump and the hammer throw and was third in the discus. In 21 consecutive New Zealand hammer throw championships he was never out of the medals winning five gold, 13 silver and three bronze medals. Carr also set the National hammer throw record three times.

He won the hammer, shot put and discus throw in his age group on numerous occasions during the 1980s and 90s at the New Zealand Masters Championships. He was three times World Masters champion in the M70 hammer throw in 1993 in Japan, in the M70 hammer in 1995 in Buffalo USA and the M75 hammer in 1997 in Durban South Africa. He was an Auckland Centre official for many years specialising in verifying the specifications of throwing implements and he was awarded an Athletics Auckland Merit Award. In 1991 he received an Athletics New Zealand Merit Award.

He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a Wing Commander during the second World War and was made an Officer of the British Empire in the Military Division of the 1966 New Year Honours.

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