King’s Athletes taste success at the NZSS Athletics Championships

Over the weekend a small group of King’s Athletes travelled down to Dunedin to compete in the 49th New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships.

In total King’s had 11 Athletes representing the College. In some tough weather conditions there were some mixed results but all of our Athletes gave it their all.

Hayden Dickson Senior Javelin – 7th Place 50.12m
George Cory Wright Senior 3000m – 13th Place 9.09.63
Jade Bowater

Senior Girls Javelin – 16th 24.18m

Hammer – 12th 39.47m

James Robertson Senior 400m – Semi Final 51.53 (Pb)
Fergus McLeay

Senior 200m – 25.17

Long Jump – 13th 5.88m

Mogammad Smith Senior 100m (Silver) 10.78 School Record
Sebastien Wharton Yr 10 Road Race – 5th Place 13.05
Jack Mitchell

Junior 300m – 17.15

100 Hurdles – 45.02

Yr 9 3km Road race – 39th 10m.52s

James Harding  Junior 800m (Silver) – 1:58.81 (Pb)
Cameron O’Brien Junior 1500m (Silver) – 4:14.52 (Pb)
Zane Powell

Junior 3000m (Gold) – 8:46.84 School Record

2000m Steeples (Gold) – 6:14.90 New Zealand Record!

In total we had 4 Athletes finish on the podium which is a fantastic achievement at this level of competition.

Mogammad Smith (Y12) came a very close 2nd place in the Senior 100m final. In the semi-final Mogammad ran a new personal best of 10.79 seconds.

In the Junior 1500m Cameron O’Brien (Yr 11) ran the race of his life to run a big personal best (his second of the weekend) to come home in second place and earn himself the silver medal. 

In the Junior 800m James Harding (Yr 10) ran an incredibly gutsy race to also earn himself a silver. In the final straight James overtook 3 runners and also ran a personal best of 1:58!

The King’s star Athlete of the weekend however was Zane Powell (Yr 10). Zane was competing in the 3000m and defending his title in the 2000m Steeplechase which he won last year. In the 3000m Zane dominated the field and won the final in an impressive time of 8 min 46 seconds to become the National 3000m Junior Champion.

The drama however was saved for the Steeplechase… In the early stages of the race, Zane unfortunately fell over as he was going over one of the steeples. He managed to get back up on his feet, but he was miles behind the leader and the defence of his title seemed over. Somehow however he worked his way back (after nearly falling in the water jump too) and slowly pulled in the leader over the final 120m to win by a whisker. The crowd went wild as the race unfolded! Even more unbelievable was that despite his fall, not only did Zane manage to win another National title, but he also broke his own National record that he had set last year!

Congratulations to all of our Athletes who took part in a fantastic weekend of Athletics in Dunedin.

A special mention also and congratulations to Mr Perry Cunningham. Perry is the coach of our middle distance Athletes at the College and it is no coincidence that these Athletes won medals under his tutelage.

Our Medal winners left to right:

Mr Perry Cunningham (Coach), Mogammad Smith, Cameron O’Brien, James Harding, Zane Powell