Palmerston North athletes finish second at regional teams’ champs


Monique Gorrie won a personal best in the 400 metres at the Central Region Teams’ competition in Hastings.

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Monique Gorrie won a personal best in the 400 metres at the Central Region Teams’ competition in Hastings.

Palmerston North athletes have finished second in the opening round of the Central Region Teams’ competition.

The Kāpiti Mana team won in Hastings last Saturday, picking up 132 points, eight ahead of Palmerston North.

Defending champions Whanganui finished fourth, with 112 points. The lack of competitors in the throwing events and the longer distance events proved costly to the Palmerston North team.

Conditions were ideal and many athletes recorded personal bests.

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Perhaps the most outstanding performances came from Whanganui’s Tayla Brunger, the junior 100 metre and 200m titleholder. She scorched down the track to win the 100m in 11.97 seconds and the 200m in 24.76s, both times being the fastest recorded in New Zealand this year.

Running in the same 100m heat as Brunger, Cayille Collette was fourth, in a personal-best 12.75s. Addira Collette was fifth in 12.95s.

In the second heat Monique Gorrie, second in 13.01s, and Kimberley Walsh, third in 13.07s, ran personal bests. Pavinee Watson was fifth in 13.55s.

Our younger girls dominated the third heat. Jayde Rolfe won in 13.51s. Brianna Gorrie was second in 13.89s, Eden Rolfe fourth in 14.08s and Hannah Cadzow fifth in 14.18s.

In the 200m A grade race won by Brunger, Walsh was third in 26.16s and Addira Collette fifth in 26.76s. Her sister Chayelle was fifth in 26.93s.

Rolfe was fourth in the B grade race and Courtney Trow fifth.

The C grade race was a Palmerston North quinella, with Cadzow claiming victory in 28.38s, ahead of Brianna Gorrie, 28.63.

Monique Gorrie was most impressive in recording another personal best when winning the 400m in 57.55s, the second fastest time by an under-18 grade athlete this season.

Noah Macdermid couldn’t have gone closer to a sub-2 minute 800m, being outsprinted in the race to the line, finishing second in 2m 00.09s.

One of the most improved athletes is Forbes Kennedy and on Saturday he put it all together in the long jump, winning the competition with a fantastic 6.54m effort, a personal best by an enormous 38 centimetres.

Angus Lyver battled a sore foot to record a best of 6.33m for third, but was able to put this injury behind him to record a personal-best 22.46s for second place in the 200m.

The women’s high jump produced an upset local result, with Amber Trow clearing a personal-best 1.60m for second place to beat older sister Courtney, whose 1.55m clearance placed her fourth.

What’s On

Saturday: Feilding Marathon.

Tuesday: Palmerston North Athletic and Harrier Club programme C.

Saturday November 14: Central Teams’ Competition, Whanganui.

Sunday November 15: Ashhurst to Esplanade.

Tuesday November 17: Palmerston North Athletic and Harrier Club programme A.

Sunday November 22: Palmerston North Athletic and Harrier Club ribbon day.