Athletics Wellington Successes at National Track & Field Championships

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The Athletics Wellington track and field team had a strong showing at the rescheduled Athletics New Zealand Championships that finally took place at the Mitre 10 Regional Sports Park in Hastings last Friday and Saturday after a Covid-19  false start at the beginning of the month. The championships, which postponed the Under 18 section until a later date, was staged just for Senior and Under 20 athletes only over two days instead of the originally scheduled three-day event.

The region came away with nine gold medals, which included James Preston who competed under the Wellington Scottish club colours. A unique family double occurred featuring Wellington siblings with former Wellington athlete competing out of  Auckland now, Scott Thomson who took his first senior title in the triple jump to make a double act in the same discipline with sister Anna claiming the senior women’s triple jump. Cody Wilson was rewarded for his excellent sprinting consistency all season behind top sprinters Eddie Nketia and Tiaan Walton who were absent from the championships by claiming gold and silver in the men’s sprint double. Seven silver and seven bronze medals were also achieved which was a fine effort with the reduced team size.

Gold Medallists

Cody Wilson – Senior Men 200 metres
Josephine Reeves – Senior Women High Jump
Anna Thomson – Senior Triple Jump
Daniel Du Toit – Men Under 20 3000 metres race walk
Jamie Kearns – Men Under 20 Triple Jump
Max Abbot – Men Under 20 Discus
Will Anthony – Men Under 20 5000 metres
Elizabeth Hewitt – Women Under 20 Hammer
James Preston – Senior Men’s 800 metres

Silver Medallists

Cody Wilson – Senior Men 100 metres
Will Anthony – Men Under 20 1500 metres
Danielle McLean -Senior Women 10,000m Race Walk
Susannah Lynch – Senior women 1500 metres
Matthew Bealing – Men Under 20 Long Jump
Emma Douglass – Women’s Under 20 400 metres
Joshua Taylor – Senior men Para long Jump

Bronze Medallists

Saravee Sos – Senior Men 200 metres
Hamish Carson – Senior Men 1500 metres
Matthew Rogers – Senior Men 3000 metres Steeplechase
Danielle McLean – Senior Women 3000 metres Race Walk
Max Abbot – Men Under 20 Hammer Throw
Emma Douglass – Women’s Under 20 200 metres
Senior Men’s 4 x 100m relay – [Jake Paul. Matthew Bealing. Matthew Rodger. Saravee Sos]