King’s middle distance runners dominate the North Island Athletics Championship

At the recent North Islands Athletics Championships which were held in Tauranga, King’s athletes absolutely dominated the middle distance events to come away with no less than six Gold medals!

The trio of James Ford (Yr9), James Harding (Yr11) and Zane Powell (Yr 11) were on a different level to the rest of the field and ran superbly in their races. In each race that the trio were involved in, each Athlete set a new Personal Best, broke long standing King’s College records, and even set a couple of new North Island records in the process. Quite simply it was one of the most dominant set of athletic performances that students from the college have ever produced.

In a mad cap 20 minuets of action on the first day of the competition King’s athletes won 3 Gold medals.

First up was Zane Powell who won the Intermediate Boys 3000m in a new PB, school record and North Island Record time of 8 mins 40.6 seconds. This was followed by James Ford winning the Junior Boys 800m in an impressive 2 mins 01 seconds, a new PB and school record. James Harding followed this up by winning the Intermediate Boys 800m in 1 minute 56 seconds, another new PB and school record.

On the Sunday of the Championship there was more action to come as James Ford won the Junior Boys 1500m in 4 minutes and 18.71 seconds a new PB and school record. Zane Powell followed this by winning the Intermediate Boys 1500m in a time of 4 minutes 3.24 seconds, a new PB and School record.

Not to be outdone James Harding ran in the Intermediate Boys 4 x 400m relay team. His team took Gold and set a new North Island record in the process.

Special mention also to James Robertson (Yr 12) who ran a gutsy race in the Senior Boys 400m to finish with a bronze medal.

All in all it was a great weekend of performances from the King’s Athletes and was the icing on the cake for coach Perry Cunningham in what has been a memorable season for him and his middle distance athletes.

The focus now moves on to the National Cross Country in June.

James Ford on his way to 1500m Gold!