The 2018 Timaru Boys' athletic sports were held in warm, calm conditions at Aorangi Stadium on Friday 2nd March.
In the Minor grade, Nick Webb and Saxon McNoe were prominent with 2 victories each on the track, but the Overall Champion was Reuben Bowen with wins in the high jump, hurdles, javelin and long-jump.
The Junior Champion was Quinn Motley with titles in the 400 metres, discus and shot put as well as a second placing in the javelin. Jed Symes in the sprints and long jump, and Ryan Bagrie in the middle distance events, both claimed three titles.
The intermediate grade was dominated by Peter and William Rawlins, with a clean sweep between them of all non-hurdle track events, with William Rawlins recording wins in the 100, 200 and 400 metres to go with the javelin title to win the Intermediate title and Peter claiming victory in the 800, 1500 and 3000 metres.
Dean Andrews, with strong performances in the sprint and throwing events emerged as the Senior Athletics Champion. Bailey Gebbie in the middle distance events, William Valentine in the discus and javelin, and George Guerin in the 3000 metres and open 2000 metre steeplechase, all claimed two senior titles. George Guerin's time of 6 minutes 26.2 seconds in the steeplechase was the days only record. Japanese exchange student Taiyo Watanabe followed in his idol Tom Walsh's footsteps, by claiming the senior shot put title with a 14.36 metre effort.
A highlight was provided by Year 10 student Jed Syme edging out Andrews in the Open Champion of Champion 100 metre race in 11.6 seconds.
Simmers claimed the honours in a keenly contested inter-house competition.
Athletes battle hot conditions at 2017 Athletics Meeting
Extremely hot conditions confronted students at the Timaru Boys’ High School Athletics day this year. This took its toll on the students but they battled through with some impressive performances.
Quinn Motley was the stand out in the Minor grade with wins in the 400m, Discus, Javelin and the Shotput. The rest of the event was spread amongst a number of students with no one taking more than one win.
In the junior grade, William Rawlins was to the fore taking out the sprint trifecta with wins in the 100, 200 and 400m races as well as the High Jump and the Javelin. His brother Peter took out the longer events with victories in the 800, 1500 and 3000ms.
Ben Sewell took out the 100ms in the Intermediate section as well as wins in the 100m hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump and the Triple Jump. George Guerin proved he is in good form with 1st places in the 800m, 1500m and the 300ms.
Bailey Gebbie was the king of the long distance events in the Seniors with wins in the 400m, 800m and the 1500m as well as taking out the Triple Jump. Hayden McNulty won the 200m and the Javelin. Tevita Eukiliti won the Senior 100m in a time of 11.9 seconds, following this up with a victory in the Champion of Champions race which pits the top sprinters of all age groups against one another. He took this out in a time of 11.4 seconds, an improvement on his Senior time. A good number of athletes have put themselves in contention for the Aoraki and South Island events later this season.
Hamish Dunbar in clean sweep of sprint events at 2016 School Athletics
Hamish Dunbar was the star of the Timaru Boys' High School Athletics meeting with wins in the Senior 100m, 200m, 400m and 800 metre events. Hamish, who is in Year 12, also took out the Champion of Champions 100m which pits the 1st and 2nd of all age group 100 metre events against each other. Year 11 student Hamish Stowell came in a creditable 2nd in this race. Ofa Manuofetoa took out the Discus, Javelin and shot put to be the dominant athlete in the Field Events.
Hamish Stowell took out the 100m and 200m combination in the intermediate events with Bailey Gebbie taking out the 800m and 1500m. The 1500m was in the smart time of 5min and 2 seconds.
Sam Milne was the star in the junior ranks with wins in the 100m, 200m and 400m. George Guerin took out the longer track events with wins in the 800m, 1500m and 3000m to share the limelight with Milne. Ben Sewell took out the major field events with wins in the high jump and long jump, as well as a win in the 100m hurdles in a good time of 14.94 seconds.
In the minor grade William Rawlins took out the 100m and 200m double. The rest of the events in this grade were spread evenly amongst the other boys.
The overall House winner was Simmers, who continued their recent domination after taking out the School Swimming Championships.
TBHS Hurdles Record Broken
Year 10 Student Ben Sewell broke the only record of the day at the annual Timaru Boys' High School Athletics day held at the Aorangi All Weather Track. Ben set a new time of 12.59 seconds in the Minor Hurdles. This broke his record of 13.51 seconds that he had set in 2014. Ben also took out the long jump to prove his versatility.
Ronan Galpin was the star of the 100and 200m while James Davidson took out the 400m in the minor events. Bailey Gebbie took wins in the 400 and 1500m.
In the junior events Hayden McNulty impressed with wins in the Long Jump, Discus, Triple Jump and the 100 and 200m to really dominate his age group.
In the intermediate events Ofa Manuofetoa and Dylan Hanford fought a running battle in the throwing events with Ofa coming out on top on both occasions in the Hurdles and Discus. Hamish Dunbar showed massive improvement due to his rowing training with wins in the 3000m, 1500m and 800m. Cameron McCully took out the 400 and 200m, whilst there was an extremely close finish in the 100m with Cameron finishing 2nd to Xavier Judd by the closest of margins.
It was in the senior events that the boys were out to impress with some in their last year of school. Liam Cooper took out 1st in the Shot Put and discus while Shaun Coles impressed with 2nd place in the Long Jump, High Jump and the discus. Adam Chamberlain took the treble with 1st in the 3000, 800 and 400m. Dylan Frewan was the stand out in the sprints winning the 100, 200m double in a tight tussle with Nick Thatcher both times with Jeremy Cook coming in 3rd on both occasions. Dylan then backed this up with a comprehensive victory in the Champion of Champions which brings together all winners and 2nd places from all age groups.
The overall winner in the House Competition for 2015 was once again, Simmers.
Aoraki Athletics 2015
Ben Sewell and James Davidson were our stand out athletes in the U14 boys competitions with 1st in the 200m for James and 2 gold’s in the High Jump and 80m hurdles for Ben. James also had a 3rd in the 100m.
In the U15 boys Hayden McNulty was the athlete to watch with 1st place in the 200m and the triple jump. Baylie Gebbie and William Valentine won the 800m and discus respectively. Baylie also had 2nds in the 400m and 1500m.
Our standout athlete of the meet was U16 runner Hamish Dunbar with wins in the 800m, 1500m and the 3000m. Hamish’s running has improved immensely with his rowing training and he looks to have a bright future ahead of him. Cameron McCully started to show glimpses of his form with a win in the 400m. Ofa Manuofetoa had a 2nd in the discus and a 3rd in the javelin.
Adam Chamberlain won the U19 800 and 1500m and had a 2nd in the 3000m. Wyatt McAugtrie fouled out with his first 2 throws but won the javelin with a throw of 45.29mtrs. Shaun Coles won the high jump and Mac Basford took out the 110m hurdles.
To cap off the day Timaru Boys took 2nd in the U14 and U15 boys relays and 3rd in the U16 boys.
Successful weekend for athletes at South Island Championships
It was a long trip to Nelson but it was worthwhile for a number of our athletes at the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships. The weather was mixed but the athletes that had done the hard training were given just reward for their efforts.
Ben Sewell took out the silver medal in the Boys U14 80 metre hurdles with a time of 12.17 seconds fractionally behind the winner from Christ’s College. Ben has excellent technique and looks to have a promising future as long as he continues the hard work that he puts into the sport.
William Valentine took out 3rd in the Boys U15 Discus with a best throw of 37.76metres. This was Williams 2nd throw in the competition and he finished just 10cms behind 2nd place.
Adam Chamberlain took out the silver medal in the Boys 2000m Steeplechase in a time of 6.42.32. This was a tough race and Adam’s fitness showed through with a good sprint to take out 2nd place.
The boys U15 100m relay team finished just out of the medals in 4th place. The team consisting of Bailey Gebbie, William Valentine, Ben Sewell and Hayden McNulty looked very polished with their baton handovers and with a bit more work and cohesion could develop into a good unit.
There is now a long break until the Nationals which are to be held in Timaru later in the year.