College athletes shine at nationals

Abbey Moody. Photo: Peter Jones.

Abbey Moody and Nikau Peipi spearheaded a strong performance by Marlborough college athletes at the recent New Zealand track and field secondary school championships.

The annual champs were staged at Newtown Park in Wellington.

Moody eclipsed the junior javelin field by almost 10 metres with a superb throw of 42.42m. This beat the New Zealand record by almost two metres, although the new mark is still to be ratified.

Peipi showed his all-round ability to totally dominate the para junior multi class events, winning the shot put, long jump, 200m sprint, high jump and 100m sprint.

Lucy Harman narrowly missed qualifying for the final of the senior 1500m, ending up being just one place from making the cut. This was a top result considering that it is her first year in the senior competition. George Varney placed 10th in the corresponding senior boys final.

Dale (DJ) Arbuckle, James Hansen and Paige Arbuckle were competing at their first national competition at secondary school level but certainly made their mark.

The unpredictable Wellington weather lived up to its reputation with extremely windy conditions prevailing on the first day of competition then, on the final day, the road races, which were to involve Harman and Varney, were cancelled due to heavy rain.

It hasn’t been a good week weather-wise for other Marlborough athletes in the past week either.

The senior club night last Tuesday was cancelled and the children’s club night on Wednesday was also affected for some grades.

The Children’s Interclub Mini-Multi event which was supposed to have been held at Saxton Field on Sunday was also cancelled.

Results from the NZ schools champs:

Marlborough Boys College

Dale (DJ) Arbuckle: Junior High Jump (13th – 1.60 metres), Junior 800m run (5th in Heat 1 Preliminaries & 22nd overall – 2 minutes 26.05 seconds)

James Hansen: Junior Long Jump (27th – 5.22 metres), Junior 300m Hurdles (6th – 44.12 seconds – PB), Junior 100m Hurdles (6th Heat 2 Preliminaries & 15th overall – 16.35 seconds)

Nikau Peipi: Para Junior Multi Class Shot Put (1st – 10.19 metres), Para Junior Multi Class Long Jump (1st – 5.01 metres), Para Junior Multi Class 200m Sprint (1st – 26.21 seconds), Para Junior Multi Class High Jump (1st – 1.58 metres), Para Junior Multi Class 100m Sprint (1st – 12.81 seconds)

George Varney: Senior 1500m Run (10th – 4 minutes 14.26 seconds)

Marlborough Girls College

Paige Arbuckle: Junior High Jump (6th – 1.58 metres)

Abbey Moody: Junior Javelin Throw (1st – 42.42 metres – record), Junior Discus Throw (5th – 34.11 metres)

Lucy Harman: Senior 1500m run (7th in Heat & 15th overall – 5 minutes 04.48 seconds)

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