Interclub Preview - 21st November
Canterbury Inter-club Preview
Nga Puna Wai
Saturday 21st November
There only 3 more competition opportunities for Secondary School athletes to prepare for the National Championships in Tauranga, next month. This is reflected in the growing numbers of school aged athletes on the start lists for a wide range of events.
Two athletes who will be strong contenders next month are Charlie Cameron (CCCA) and Josh Bull (PTOC). They are becoming regular 4m jumpers, a height which will give them a strong chance for success at their Championships.
Nicholas Kini (COBU) and Tapenisa Havea (LIAC) will again be striving to extend their season’s best in the Shot Put, with both later featuring in the Discus.
Ethan Gow (SELW) will face his biggest test of the season in the Triple Jump, when opposed by National Senior Men’s Champion Andrew Allan (COBU). Both athletes will be looking to break the 14.00m barrier.
Jared Neighbours (COBU), as befits the newly crowned Canterbury Decathlon Champion, appears in a wide range of events. The previously mentioned Pole Vault is joined by the 110m Hurdles, Javelin, High Jump and Discus to make for a very ‘Decathletes’ afternoon.
The 300m Hurdles is a historically strong event in Canterbury. A bevvy of young contenders will line up in this event on Saturday headed by Julia Burnham (COBU). Venturing out another 100m metres, of distance, will be Louis Andrews (COBU) and Anna Percy (COBU).
Women’s sprints remain super competitive. The 100m will feature the usual suspects. Fi Morrison, McKenzie Jeffries, Maia Broughton, Anna Hayward and Jordyn Blake- all COBU, will be joined by other potential winners, Amy Robertson (AKL) and former National Champion Kelsey Berryman (COBU).
The 200m field matches, almost exactly, with six athletes backing up from the shorter sprint.
The 800m Men’s race provides another chance for Daniel Roswell (CHAV) to advance his growing reputation. He is sure to drag the chasing pack to fast times, with Ethan Smolej (PTH), boosted by his excellent 1500m run last week, being a likely beneficiary.