Interclub preview - 28th November 2020
Athletics Canterbury Inter-club
Nga Puna Wai – 28 November 2020
The Men’s 100m has a different look about this week with the return of Elliott Nye (OBU) to competition after a break and the entry of Shay Veitch (TAERI), from Dunedin. Recent progress by Will Chun (CC) will be sorely tested by these two Senior athletes. Veitch, the NZSS 400m Champion, backs this up with the 200m.
Nye, will again test himself over 400m against Louis Andrews (COBU). Of interest will be Ethan Smolej (PTOC) over this, for him, short sprint.
Smolej will double with the 1500m giving an opportunity to crack the 4.00 minute mark in the metric mile. A large Women’s field is also assembled with a wide age range of participants this week.
Courtney Ruske (CHAV)hits the walk track, over 5000m, for the first time this season.
The growth in the hurdles for W16 continues with a full field of 8 this week. This is very pleasing for an event that has struggled with numbers in recent seasons.
NZSS Junior Boys record-holder, Quinn Hartley, from Invercargill, is entered in the Long Jump following his High Jump at Fridays Rhythm and Jumps. Backing up in the High Jump is visitor Jayden Williamson from Auckland. He is the current NZSS Senior Boys and M20 National Champion. There is also a back up appearance by Josephine Reeves (Lower Hutt) Senior Women’s Champion.
Ethan Gow (SELW) will attempt to advance his Canterbury record performance in the Triple Jump having had a break from the event over the last 3 weeks.
Next week will see a raft of new or emerging, old faces at the 2-day South Island Championships.
Placed a week before the NZSS Champs in Tauranga, it will give a last dress rehearsal for a number of athletes. It also marks the first competition of the season to qualify for World Athletics ranking points. This should see a number of higher quality athletes showing their wares with intent for the first time this season.