IPs U16/U18 2022 - week 2
The U16/U18 North Island Inter-provincials entered its second weekend with a hot day at Porritt Stadium. Warmups needed to be short to keep out of the heat this week. We were fortunate to have around 20 athletes at the Open meet this weekend, with a total field of just over 50. After a massive 20 PBs in last week’s competition, we added another 10 PBs this week….. which was awesome.
Firstly, we would like to say thank you to the officials and volunteers on the day. Due to other events happening (Potts Classic in Hastings), some of the officials travelled to Porritt to make sure this open meet could run. Special thank you to all of you. Additionally, there was a major problem with the track camera, thank you for all the work in the background to keep the event happening. Unfortunately, some events didn’t get full results, but with the hard work in the background, a lot of results did.
We were headed with both Zarah Rattray and Teeka Randell both having a double Personal Best event. Zarah featured with the 200m and 80mH, while Teeka impressed with the 100m and 200m. Super stars! Wiremu Knowles, Mikyla Knowles, Adisen Mahy, Fletcher van Heuven and Nathan Brown both backed up their PBs from last week. Special mention goes to Nathan with backing up his High Jump PB last week, with a new one this week (an extra 4cms). Charo Heijnen added herself to the list of PB’ers with a 400m outstanding effort.
Big PBs by Fletcher in the 800m (2:06.2) and Wiremu in the Triple Jump (11.93m) were a standout. Yet it was interesting that all the athletes were just under or just beat there PBs. It shows that great things are about to happen and the more competition they do, the better they are getting.
Special mention this week for Jaxon Woolley. His first weekend he competed in Auckland and this week we were all able to watch him on YouTube Live at the Hasting Potts Classic. He had a big smile on the start line. I consider this a proud moment for him and his WaiBOP team members – great result. He performed well on the main stage in the 100m with 12.66s. Jaxon is holding the Para flag for the whole team and ripping it up on the track!
There are still 10 Athletes, from our 42 strong team that are to yet start competing – plenty of exciting results to come. 😊
We would like to provide a special mention to the Hamilton City Council for the early event entertainment. It isn’t often that you get a water show during a competition. There were more officials running at that point than athletes (protecting gear).
Next week is another Porritt Stadium event and only 3 weekends until the WaiBOP Track & Field Champs. We are hoping to have the whole team at these Champs and your support certainly will be appreciated.