Canterbury came home with a whopping 42 medals spread across 17 schools from the recent New Zealand Secondary Schools Track & Field Championships held at Newton Park in Wellington over the weekend.
12 of those medals were gold and resulted in national titles, with Nikolas Kini from Shirley Boys the most impressive, winning the senior boys shot put and hammer throw along with a silver in the discus.
St. Andrew’s College student Maia Anderson-Broughton retained her senior girls 200m title, fighting off terrible conditions on the third and final day of the meet to win by 0.02 seconds.
Jaidyn Busch from Christchurch Girls also went back to back, winning the senior girls shot put with a distance of 16.51m.
Joshua Bull from Catholic Cathedral College lead a Canterbury trifecta in the senior boys pole vault, jumping ahead of Josh Thiele (Christchurch Boys) and Edward Hsing (Christ’s College).
George Guerin (Timaru Boys) and Eva Pringle (St. Andrew’s) claimed a Canterbury double in the senior 2000m steeplechase, while Eliza Meekings of Burnside High claimed the senior girls pole vault title with school mate Isabella Pickering a close second.
Christchurch Boys showed their prowess in the relays, winning both the junior boys 4x100m and 4x400m titles, while the St. Andrew’s College junior 4x400m mixed team also hit the finish line in front.
Jess Hendren from Rangiora High School also claimed gold, winning the junior girls high jump with a jump of 1.64m.
Tillie Hollyer from Timaru Girls put in impressive performances in the senior girls 800m (2nd) and 1500m (3rd), while Jordy Annand from Christ’s College picked up two thirds in the senior boys long jump and triple jump.
St. Andrew’s College claimed silver in the senior girls 4x100m relay, while Villa Maria College grabbed a bronze in the senior girls 4x400m relay.
A strong group of para athletes also competed across the weekend, bringing home with them 17 medals. Papanui High School were a dominant force, with Reuben Anguiasca-Bland claiming four golds in the junior boys T20 100m, 200m, 400m and Long Jump, while Jacob Lowson claimed four silver medals in the same events at a senior level.
Uni Kinaji-Reding from Rangi Ruru won the junior girls multi class javelin, along with silver medals in the shot put and discus.
The Papanui team completed a great weekend, winning gold and silver in the senior boys T20 4x100m relay.