Will Anthony set an outstanding record over 3000 metres for Senior Boys at the North Island Secondary Schools Championships in Hamilton on Saturday. The seventeen-year-old from Scots College ran an outstanding 8.16.31 to smash the record set by Geordie Beamish of Wanganui back in 2014 by almost seven seconds in an outstanding display of front running in damp humid conditions at Porritt Stadium. Anthony’s performances should earn him Wellington M17 and M18 records surpassing that of Phillip Starr’s M17 mark of 08:17.0 set back in 1992 and putting him top of NZ Men 20 rankings for 2021.
The team from the Wellington region excluding Wairarapa athletes, who compete under their own regional colours for this meet, took a haul of seven gold, eighteen silver and fourteen bronze medals back to Wellington. Corran Hanning in the T/F 20 division for para-athletes took a further two titles with gold in Discus and Shot Put.
Elizabeth Hewitt and Mikayla Sola were dominant performers in the Girls throws each having three podium places, with Hewitt taking gold in Senior Girls Hammer with a new record standard for the 3.0kg hammer of 61.26metres.
Other gold medals went to Oliver Krijnen in Senior boys 200 metres, Sebastian Skelton Intermediate Boys 400 metres, Keegan Sharkey Junior boys Javelin, and Jamie Kearns in the Senior Boys triple jump, Jamie also narrowly missing bronze on countback in the Long jump. Daniel du Toit also continued his form from the NZ championships winning the 3000 metres Boys Open Track Walk.
Relay golds were won by the Senor boys 4 x 100m team and Junior boys [Under 16] 4 x 400m. This team set a new record bettering the best perfomance standard of 2018 for this new event by three seconds. The quartet of Jacob Kilmister, Sebastian Skelton, Alex Martin and Lachlan Stefanidis clocked 3.31.23.
Full results can be found at https://nzssaa.org.nz/static/ni-tf-2021/results.pdf