South Island Secondary Schools' Athletics

By Michael Moffitt | Posted: Tuesday April 2, 2019

On 29 March a team of 12 athletes travelled to Nelson for the South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Champs.

The team departed Dunedin airport via Wellington to Nelson for the championship event.

On arrival, we headed straight to Saxton Oval to watch our Grade 15 Athlete Jamin Millar compete in the Hammer Throw. The whole team got in behind him for support and the champs were kicked off with two 2nd placings. Cole Gibbons also came 2nd in the Pole Vault.

We then travelled by van to Nelson College where we were accommodated in their Hostel for the next two nights. Accommodation and meals were of a good standard, and we were made to feel very welcome.

Saturday was a big day as the team travelled as one, back to the track for a full day of competition.

Cameron Moffitt was first up in the 300m Hurdles final where he took the event out with a record time, lowering the old mark by 1.39sec and recording a time of 39.76sec.

This was followed by several sound performances over the next two days.

Our Junior and Senior athletes had success both on the track and in the field as follows:

Jacob Waide
2nd 100m Grade 14 boys 12.77m
1st Shot Put Grade 14 boys 12.20sec

Will Ryan
7th 200m Grade 14 boys 25.90sec

Luke Moffitt
5th Pole Vault Grade 16 boys 2.00m
7th Triple Jump Grade 14 boys 10.23m
7th 80m Hurdles Grade 14 Boys 15.76sec

George Hamilton
1st Grade 14 Boys 3000m 9:29.23sec
1st Grade 14 Boys 1500m 4:27.99sec

Ashton Booth
2nd 800m Grade 15 boys 2:07.92sec
7th 1500m Grade 15 boys 4:30.61sec

Jamin Millar
2nd Shot Put Grade 15 boys 10.89m
2nd Hammer Grade 15 boys 31.23m
6th Discus Grade 15 boys 30.82m

Cole Gibbons
 2nd Pole Vault Grade 16 boys 2.70m

Cameron Moffitt
1st 100m Hurdles Grade 16 Boys 13.75sec
1st 300m Hurdles Grade 16 boys 39.76sec Record
1st Shot Put Grade 16 boys 14.13m

Joshua Potter
3rd 1500m Grade 16 Boys 4:18.70sec

Michael Manson
3rd 100m Grade 19 boys 11.47sec

George Vare
4th 100m Grade 19 Boys 11.53sec
7th 200m Grade 19 Boys 24.10sec

Josh Friend
4th 400m Grade 19 boys 52.27sec

Jackson Toms, George Vare, Cameron Moffitt, Michael Manson
Senior boys- 1st 4x100 relay 43.41sec

Once the meeting was finished the boys had some spare time before our return flight home, so we headed off to the pool for a bit of recovery and fun.

The team was led by Captain Michael Manson and the respect he and the other boys showed to each other, fellow athletes and officials during the course of this competition was nothing but outstanding. There were several positive comments throughout the weekend from the public, Air NZ and our host. And with that, an ex old boy from the school was so proud of what he witnessed shouted the team pizza for lunch.

Lindy Marr, your hard work behind the scene leading up to this trip was awesome and it was a pleasure to be part of what was a successful champs once again for the Athletics team of OBHS.

Looking forward to Nationals with this fine group of young men.

Assistant Team Manager

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