25 Mar 2019

Monday 25 March 2019

Overall the King’s team had a very successful day at the Auckland Athletics Championships, with 43 students representing the College.  



“The team managed nine golds, seven silvers and six bronzes,” says Head of Sports, Jim Potts. “There was also a number of other students who ran, threw or jumped personal bests but didn’t manage to get in to the medals.”

The stars of the show were Perry Cunningham’s middle distance group. James Ford (Year 9, Peart) won both the 800m and 1500m and set two new Auckland Records in the process and Zane Powell (Year 11, Peart) won the 150m and 3000m and set two new Auckland records!

James Harding was hoping for the Intermediate 800m record. He won the race but missed out on the record by 0.5 of a second – at 1:58.5 which was a top effort!

The Intermediate Boys 4 x 100m relay team also dominated Auckland Grammar School to win gold and our Senior 4 x 100m team pushed Auckland Grammar all the way to win silver. Sophie Adams showed her class in the hurdles to win gold in the 80m. James Robertson (Year 12, Greenbank) showed real guts to win the 400m and JuddaTurahui (Year 13, St John’s) was very strong to take gold in the triple jump.

The last event of the Championship was the 4 x 400m. Anyone who knows athletics knows that this is the toughest ask of the athletes – to run 400m after they have already done multiple events. The senior team gave it a real shot but came up just short of Auckland Grammar to win a very well deserved silver medal.

“All in all, it was a fantastic day and every athlete should be very proud of what they achieved,” says Jim.