03 Feb 2022

Thursday 03 February 2022

James Ford (Year 12, Parnell), Joseph Dunn (Year 12, Averill) and Old Collegians James Harding (Greenbank, 2017-21) and Zane Powell (Peart, 2017-21) have been doing their school proud in recent weeks as part of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association team.

James Ford James Harding Zane Powell

Their coach, Head of Distance Running Perry Cunningham, shares an update about the competitions so far.

"At the Potts Classic, held on 22 January in Hastings, our best performance was from James Harding who placed 2nd in the elite senior men’s 800m. His time was a solid 1.49.70. Zane was 12th in the senior men’s 3000m national championship.

Both usually compete in the U20 grade so this senior competition was a step up.

Joseph came 6th in the men’s 100m hurdles.

At the Cooks Classic, held in Whanganui on the 60th anniversary of Peter Snell’s world-record mile, both Zane and James were in the elite senior New Zealand mile Championship.

Zane got it right tactically this time and ran a huge PB, closer to the magic 4.00 mile with a time of 4.02.37. James this time was placed 13th in 4.08.26.

Both athletes had to hurdle a fallen runner as they started the last lap, and Zane raced through the last lap in 58 seconds.

In the elite men’s 800m James Ford ran a PB and placed 2nd in 1.52.73

This Friday sees the Capital Classic take place in Wellington. James Ford is in the elite 800m and James Harding will race the U20 New Zealand mile championships. Zane will rest up and train on for the Douglas Classic in two weeks’ time.

Later this year James Harding is off on a scholarship to Oregon University and Zane to Providence Rhode Island University, but they will train with the school squad until they go in July or August. This will be of tremendous help to our seniors James Ford and Toby Tasker (Year 13, Peart)."