05 Dec 2017

Tuesday 05 December 2017

The King’s middle-distance running squad had an outstanding championship meet in Hastings on 1-3 December with nine out of ten of the squad members competing in the finals. 

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The squad won Gold medals for three national titles, two of which where won by Zane Powell (Year 9, Peart) and the third awarded to the three-person Year 9 team. 

The performer of the weekend was undoubtedly Zane Powell who convincingly won the Year 9 3km road race on Sunday morning and then went on to dominate in the junior 2000m steeple race with a New Zealand record time of 6.15.60. This time knocked two seconds off the previous record.

Zane was ably backed up in the Year 9 road race by James Harding (Year 9, Greenbank) who came 10th and Callum Jeffries (Year 9, Selwyn) who came 12th. This top performance from the three young athletes awarded them the Gold medal for the Year 9 three-person team title. Close behind were Westlake Boys High School taking second place and Macleans College taking third.

Mogammad Smith (Year 11, St John’s) broke the King’s Open 100m record with a time of 10.95 to qualify for the final, which unfortunately due to a hamstring injury he couldn’t compete in.