IPs U16/U18 2022 - week 5
12 & 13/02/2022 Athletics WBOP Track & Field Championships
This was the big event for the region and was exactly that for the IPs team. Plenty of medals were on offer, but more importantly, 30 personal best results between the 30 athletes that competed.
Having the IPs event running at the same time as the AWBOP Camps meant for a much bigger field than normal and plenty of competition.
Firstly, we need to note that Jaxon Woolley broke his national record for his T38 category of Para 100m (12.48s) for the second weekend in a row. This wasn’t just an age group record, it was the U17, U18, U19, U20 and senior records. Plus, he was featuring questionable blue hair doo…… which seemed to work, as yes, we could see him from anywhere around the track… Wow Jaxon is fast!
We were not really prepared for the weather that hit during the weekend. These were some of the biggest wind gusts seen for a long time at the track. Some events had to be restarted due to athletes and officials (starters) being blown from their starting positions. The 200m and 300m starting lines were the worst affected. I heard comments of – it was like starting into a wall of wind. This just all adds to effort that the team put in together. Having the Covid isolations and seating arrangements, separating teams, clubs and friends didn’t help with us getting a team photo, but it was the best decision for the event to go ahead.
Amelie Wood had a great weekend, starting with a PB for Triple Jump on Saturday and then heading to Auckland for the Sunday competition where she had PBs in the 80mH (13.12s), Discus (31.01m) and the Triple Jump again (10.42m). The other superstar was Jack Marra that completed three PBs for the weekend, 200m (23.58s), 400m (53.88s) and the Long Jump (6.1m).
The double PB athletes included Holly Fausett 80m (13.09s) and Long Jump 4.5m; Tane Knowles 100mH (17.76m) and 300mH (39.09); Teeka Rhind 100m (12.39s) and 200m (25.44s); Elliot Pugh 800m (2:06.75) and 1500m (4:10.33); Fletcher van Heijnen 400m (54.14s) and 800m (2:06.76).
Other PBs included Kamaia Minhinnick Long Jump (4.71m); Maia Poutawera 200m (27.08s); Hamish Murray (800m (2:05.68); Harrison Roberts-Brake 200m (25.18s); Saskia Rhind 80mH (13.26s); Kithmini Melville 400m (65.72s); Wiremu Knowles 300mH (42.57s); HeatherAnn Knowles 300mH (50.55s); Madison Rattray 200m (27.41s); Eva Sexton Javelin (29.72m); Nathan Brown 110mH (15.48s); Zoe Keenan 100mH (17.49s).
We are immensely proud of the team and their results. This is going to lead to some super exciting times ahead.