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2009/10 T&F Archive

The club had an excellent 2009/10 track & field season. Here are some race reports from the NZ Masters Champs, NZ Track & Field Champs, International Track Meet, Canterbury Champs and local inter-club.

Solid Performances from UC Masters Athletes
NZ Masters Track and Field Champs 2nd - 5th April 2010 
Report from Malcolm Cornelius 

A small contingent of UC Athletics runners competed at the 36th NZ Masters Track & Field Champs held over the weekend of the 3rd to the 5th of April. Competing on home soil at QEII Park, Julieana Findlay, Michael Bond and I upheld the clubs proud record of high achievement by winning 3 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals.


Julieana had only recently recovered from some surgery, but showed great determination to win gold in the W35 age group 800m and 1500m, with silver in the 400m.


Michael is a road specialist, but decided to give the Nationals a go and took on the M65 1500m, 5000m, 10000m and 2000m steeplechase. He ended up with 2 bronze, silver and a gold. This was a fantastic effort.


I had only moved up to middle distance this season. Working hard building on my winter base, using a training program from UC’s Dave King, and advice/competition from top masters runners Andrew Stark and Joe Ford, I won 2 silver with a close 4th in the 400m.
This was a tremendous event, well run and offered Masters Athletes from around the country a chance to meet and measure themselves against some strong opposition.

As a participating athlete I would like to thank all those that gave their time and expertise, especially the Canterbury Masters organising committee, and congratulate them and all the competitors for a great effort.

NZ Track & Field Champs QEII March 26,27,28
Matt Smith leading Rowan Hooper mid-way through the SM 5000m
UC Athletes Sweep Podium in Senior Mens 5000m
26 March 2010
Matt Smith has taken out the national 5000m championships held on the first day of the national track and field championships being held at QEII in Christchurch. Smith and Rowan Hooper confidently opened up a 30m gap on the chasing pack early in the race, which included UC's Luke Hurring and defending national champion Jason Woolhouse. Smith and Hooper worked hard throughout the remainder of the race to maintain their advantage and finish 1-2, with Hurring finishing strongly in third ahead of Woolhouse. 
Smith's win headlined an excellent day for UC athletes competing for Canterbury at the champs, with 9 medals being earned. Jesse Bryant continued his brilliant season winning the M16 Long Jump in 6.71m, comfortably ahead of the pack.
28 March 2010
Sunday was also an excellent day of racing for University in the Senior 1500m. Kellie Palmer, Fiona Crombie and Alicia Evans were in the medal challenging pack with Nicki Hamblin. The group broke away from the rest of the pack in the early stages of the race, Hamblin made a move in the final lap. Kellie and Fiona tried to match her but were out sprinted in the final straight and left to battle for silver and bronze. Alicia ran 4th and a new PB.
With a slow start the senior mens 1500m race was anyones for the taking. UC/Canterbury contenders included Matt Harris, Luke Hurring, and Brett Tingay. Matt put on an excellent display of courage and went at the bell making for an exciting finale. The pack responded in the home straight, in a blanket finish Luke appeared from nowhere to take second behind Hamish Carson and Canterbury based Malcolm Hicks also snuck in for third nudging Matt into a near 4th. 
UC Athlete Placings:

Friday 26th

SM 5000m: 1. Matt Smith 14:15.43 2. Rowan Hooper 14:21.71 3. Luke Hurring 14:35.19

SW 5000m: 3. Kellie Palmer 16:57.38

W19 5000m: 2. Sarah McSweeney 17:29.28

W19 3000m Walk: 3. Rowena Meikle 18:51.09

M16 Long Jump: 1. Jesse Bryant 6.71m

M16 3000m Walk: 2. Phillip Meikle 14:53.15

W16 Javelin: 3. Maddy Carruthers 34.35m 

Saturday 27th

M16 High Jump 3. Jesse Bryant 1.88m

W19 3000m Steeples 2. Sarah McSweeney 10:43.22

SW 3000m Steeples 1. Fiona Crombie 10:20.97

Sunday 28th 

M19 10000m Road Walk 3. Phillip Meikle 56:02s

SW 1500m 2. Kellie Palmer 4:23.2 3. Fiona Crombie 4:24.32 4. Alicia Evans 4:26.77

SM 1500m 2. Luke Hurring 3:52.55 4. Matt Harris 4:53.00

SM 3000m Steeples 2. Brett Tingay 9:10.13

Strong Performances at International Track Meet
18 March 2010
UC Athletes took advantage of the conditions on Thursday night to put down some impressive performances in front of a huge crowd. The fields were filled with the best athletes in NZ and from overseas including Nick Willis, the evening was cool and the crowd was very excited.
It was great to see our young athletes competing and a real buzz for them to be performing for such a big crowd. The University A relay team blitzed the field winning by 2s in the 12-13 Girls 4x100m relay exhibiting control in their baton changes. The young lads were 2nd just behind Christchurch Avon in the 12-13 4x100m relay. 
The Womens 1500m included three of our top ladies who have been pushing each other all season. On the night Kellie Palmer ran a 5s pb in a time of 4:99.99 just ahead of FionaCrobie 4:20.36 and Alicia Evans ran a respectable 4:29.28.
Mens 1500m was dominated by Australians. Brett Tingay ran a very impressive 3.46.97 for 6th followed by  Richard Olsen 10th in 3:48.88 and  Matthew Harris 11th 3:50.10 (possibly a pb for Matt). In the under 23 1500m Angus Taylor was 7th in 3:57.57
Richard Fernando was 5th in the 300m sprint in a time of 36.84
The Mens 5000m race proved to be one, if not the most exciting event of the night. The pack broke in the early stages and the tactics began. Our very own Matt Smith was in the leading bunch, mean while rowan Hooper Luke Hurring and Andrew Davidson where not far behind. Being a long race it gave time for the nuances of track running to play out  within such a high class field. With 2 laps to go Matt Smith was in the lead with the internationals on his shoulder. To be continued.....

Canterbury Track & Field Champs
Congratulations to all who competed over the weekend and their achievements. There was some close competition in the middle distance races and several personal bests. We look forward to seeing our athletes compete on the national stage in the upcoming weeks with several qualified for the International Track Meet and also New Zealand Track and Field Champs both held in Christchurch.
Canterbury titles were won by:
800m 1st W19 Flora Brocherie 2:16.81 SM Matt Harris 2:54.64
1500m SW 1st Kellie Palmer 4:25.26  1st W19 Flora Brocherie 4:47 SM Matt Harris 3:50.14
5000m SW Alex Williams 18:02.87 W19 Nicki McFadzien 17:27 SM Rowan Hooper 14:31:85
Shot Put W16 Madeline Carruthers 10.48m
High Jump M16 Jesse Bryant 1.80m
Long Jump M16 Jesse Bryant 6.28m
3000m Race Walk M16 Phillip Meikle 14:48.81

Capital Classic - NZ SM & SW 3000m Champs

22 January 2010 - Newtown Park, Wellington

Fiona Crombie retained her women’s 3000m title in 9m 31.90. Sarah McSweeney was 8th in 10.04.4. Brett Tingay and Gus Taylor were 12th and 13th in the men's event finishing closely in 8.32.2 and 8.32.4. Nick Willis claimed the title in a time of 8.15.1

Our members have been very active over the last couple of months in local, national and international events. Kellie Palmer has had a couple of trips to Australia to race. The NZ Secondary School Champs in Timaru saw Nicki McFadzien win a bronze medal in the 3000m with a PB and Phillip Meikle also win a Bronze in the 3000m race walk. It was great to see such a strong representation of junior section members and also the support from senior members who travelled down to cheer them on.

Canterbury 10000m Champs

28 November 2009 - QEII
Nicki McFadzien ran an excellent solitary race to win the SW 10000m race in a time of 35:27 (the next runner was just under 5mins behind). She is in form for the NZ Secondary School Champs in a couple of weeks.