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Athletics New Zealand - Weekly Roundup

Monday 11 June 2012, 12:55PM
By Athletics New Zealand
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USA
adidas Grand Prix, Diamond League, New York – 9 June 2012
Valerie Adams continued her winning way with the shot put in the lead up to her defence of the Olympic title.
Adams consolidated her lead in the Diamond League with victory in New York with a meeting record of 20.60m. The three times world champion was nearly a metre further than second placed American Jillian Camarena-Williams. Adams series was 19.13m, 20.09m, 20.60m, x, 20.07m, x.
"I’m happy with the win," said Adams. "I didn’t expect to be this jet-lagged. As an athlete, you always want to do better."
Zane Robertson and Hamish Carson chasing an Olympic Games qualifier in the 1500m were both outside the time needed of 3m 35s. Robertson finished tenth in 3m 38.80s and Carson 17th in 3m 42.08s.

NCAA Finals, Des Moines, Iowa
9 June: Lucy Van Dalen (Stony Brook) finished fourth in the 1500m final in 4m 14.40s. Won by Katie Flood of Washington in 4m 13.79s.
8 June: Terefe Ejigu (Eastern Michigan) was 22nd in the 5000m final in 14m 34.09s. Won by Cameron Levins (Southern Utah) in 13m 40.05s.
6 June: Te Rina Keenan (Hawaii) was ninth in the discus throw final with 54.22m. Whitney Ashley of San Diego St won with 59.99m.

UNITED KINGDOM
UK Women’s Premier League, Birmingham – 9 June 2012
New Zealand sprint champion Monique Williams finished fourth in the 100m in 12.05s (+1.4) and second in the 200m 24.39s (-0.4).

NORWAY
Bislett Games, Diamond League, Olso – 7 June 2012
Stuart Farquhar finished seventh in the javelin throw with 78.84m. Vitezslav Vesely of Czech Republic won with a world leading throw of 88.11m.
Farquhar’s series was 76.87m, x, 78.84m, x, 77.09m, 74.67m.
Andrea Miller was seventh in the second heat of the 100m hurdles in 13.25s (-0.3). Miller was 11th overall. Sally Pearson won the final in 12.49s (+0.7).
Adrian Blincoe was 16th in the 5000m in 13m 26.43s. Won by Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia in 12m 58.92s.

CZECH REPUBLIC
IAAF Combined Events, TNT Fortuna Meeting, Klado – 9/10 June 2012
Scott McLaren was 11th after the first day of the decathlon with 3791 points.
McLaren’s performances were: 100m 11.31s (-1.1) 793, long jump 6.75m (+3.8) 755, shot put 14.23m 742, high jump 1.86m 679, 400m 49.83s 822.
He did not complete the second day, after 110m hurdles 15.31s (-0.4) 812, discus throw 42.96m 725 and pole vault 4.47m 751.

AUSTRALIA
Leonora Golden Gift Road Mile, Leonora Western Australia – 3 June 2012
New Zealand 3000m champion Malcolm Hicks finished fourth in 4m 18.59s. Jeff Riseley of Australia won in 4m 17.06s.

AUSTRIA
16th Katrinberglauf Mountain Race, Bad Ischl – 3 June 2012
Jonathan Wyatt finished second in the 4.5km +950m event in 35m 13s. He also finished second in an earlier race, the Crono Scalata Sovogno in Piuro Italy on 27 May. Wyatt clocked 17m 32s for the 2.7km +500m.

AUCKLAND
Auckland Teams Cross Country, Barry Curtis Park East Tamaki – 9 June 2012
Stephen Lett staged another come from behind win over arch rival this harrier season Brent Henley at the annual Auckland teams cross country championships at Barry Curtis Park. After leading over the first three of five circuits of the Park Henley surrendered to Lett, allowing the national 10km track and road champion to carry to win the 10,000m event by ten seconds in 33m 59s. Lett led his Takapuna Club to victory in the teams race title over Wesley and Pakuranga.
Lett said that he had to work hard this time around to stay ahead of Henley.
“I just can’t keep up at the start he goes away a bit too fast for me. My strength came through but I had to dig deep the last lap to keep the gap,” said Lett.
Henley said that he needs to hold himself back a bit at the start.
“But I feel so comfortable going out at that pace. Stephen ran a good race and the better man wins on the day. I will try and have him next time,” said Henley.
In her first cross country race for so time Lydia O’Donnell had the women’s 6000m to herself winning in 23m 21s. Pakuranga winner two weeks ago Sophie Corbidge was second in 23m 59s with Melanie Burke third.
O’Donnell, third in the national 1500m final in March, said it was a bit of a shock moving from the track to the country.
“I think I went out a bit quick because I’m used to racing on the track. It was hard but good fun,” she said.
Takapuna won the women’s teams race, with YMCA winning the master women. Takapuna won the master men by one point over Auckland City Athletic.
After falling face down into the mud Declan Wilson wasted no time getting back on his feet to win the men 19 5000m in 17m 9s. Ashleigh Williams triumphed over Georgie Grgec in the women 19 4000m in 15m 40s.

Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 30 May: Stuart Grange 15m 53s, James Bent 16m 36s. 6 June: Simon Christiansen 17m 46s, James Rimmer 18m 8s.

NEW PLYMOUTH
RWNZ 15km Race Walking Championship – 9 June 2012
40 Race Walkers from around New Zealand, including Olympic bound Quentin Rew, raced for a series of cups on Saturday when the Taranaki Race Walking Club (TRWC) held its Annual Open walk on the Kaimata Street circuit in New Plymouth. Incorporated into the event was the Race Walking New Zealand (RWNZ) 15km Championship.
In the men’s 15km championship there was added incentive for 18 year old Matthew Holcroft (Waikato), he was not only trying for a fast time in the 15km but was also attempting a qualifier over 10km (43m 20s) for the World Youth Championships in Barcelona. Rew and Holcroft went stride for stride in the first 5km of the race, although Rew didn’t look comfortable. After six laps Rew had to leave the course for a time, leaving Holcroft on his own at the front of the race. When Rew rejoined the race he was briefly in third place as Mike Parker (Auckland) made steady progress. Rew gradually pulled back the gap on Holcroft, but Holcroft managed to hold his nerve and win in a time of 1h 15m 8s. Rew was second 1m 13s back and Mike Parker was third in 1h 18m 58s.
The women’s 15km RWNZ championship had Rozie Robinson (Otago) stamp her authority very early on and she won comfortably in a time of 1h 20m 1s from Alana Barber (Wellington) and Rachel Gilberd (Taranaki).
The Hawera cup is awarded for the first walker (on handicap) in the 15km event. Sue Hoskin (Manawatu) not only succeeded in winning the cup but also set a new Women’s 60 age group record in the 10km in a time of 1h 1m 25s, taking 30 seconds off the previous record.
Serena Coombes (Taranaki) was a deserved winner of the Womens 10km Handicap Cup. Coombes took the Campbell Cup in a time of 1h 5m 59s for the 10km. Tom Hastie (Taranaki) at 71 years old reduced his PB by 2 minutes over 10km finishing in 1h 15m 13s to take the Trevor Suthon Cup for the third successive year.

WELLINGTON
Dorne Cup Cross Country, Trentham Memorial Park – 9 June 2012
Edwin Keitany won the senior 8km in 25m 11s, from Ben Barry 25m 45s and Martin Van Barneveld 25m 47s. Grant McLean first master in 27m 51s.
Kara Macdermid won the women’s 6km in 23m 2s from Stephanie Mackenzie 23m 40s, Gabrielle O’Rourke 23m 45s and Nicole Mitchell 23m 58s. Ryan McAlister took out the M19 4km in 13m 14s, from Yared Kebede 13m 31s and Tim Robertson 13m 33s. Ariana Harper won the W19 4km in 15m 42s from Stevie Paine 16m 19s. 16 4km winners were Nicholas Pointon 13m 9s two seconds ahead of Marcus Karamanolis and Jean Kozyniak 14m 57s 11 seconds ahead of Susannah Lynch.

CHRISTCHURCH
The Holloway Memorial Cross Country Races set down for 9 June at West Eyreton were cancelled due to the recent fall of snow in the area.

DUNEDIN
Barnes Handicap Cross Country, Kettle Park – 10 June 2012
Fastest times; senior 5km Bevan Stevens 16m 59s, Ben Anderson 17m 13s and Mike Wakelin 17m 38s; women 3.75km Rebekah Greene 14m 9s, Rachel Kingsford 14m 27s and Sian English 15m 12s; W16 2.5km Hanna English 9m 47s; M16 2.5km Joshua Browne 8m 51s.

SOUTHLAND
57th Gore Cross Country – 9 June 2012
Club stalwart Graham Hall led in a Gore trifecta to win the 5.4km senior handicap race ahead of Morgan Pearce and Ian Baird. This gave Hall the Clutterbuck Cup for first male and the Stewart McKerchar memorial cup for first over 50 to finish as well as the trophy for first Gore club member home. Rose Heyrick (Inv) won the Jones Trophy for first woman on handicap.   Winton’s Jack Beaumont (15) had fastest time, 5 seconds ahead of  Ricky Gutsell, although a fall by Ricky at a hay bale hurdle may handed the Bolger cup for fastest time to Jack, 19m 57s to 20m 2s. Debbie Telfer (Inv) with 24m 48s ran the women’s fastest time. First boy in the 2k was Albie Small (St Pauls) and Lucy Pierce (Inv) first girl. Buddy Small (St P) was fastest of the boys with 8m 16s and Tori Mennel (Rivt) fastest girl 8m 48s. Scott Anderson won the 4km M/W16 handicap and had fastest time 15m 21s with Lauren Brown first girl while Holly Pierce (Inv) ran 17m 33s for fastest girl by one second from Ffion Muhl (St P). 
Southland Sports Awards
Lance Smith won the Southland Coach of the Year award following a successful season that included team manager and a coach for the CYG team to Isle of Man, coaching triple jump CYG silver medal winner Greer Alsop and 11 medallists from the 2012 New Zealand championships including four title winners. Greer and national SW and W20 javelin champion Tori Peeters were finalists in the Junior Sports Person category.