14 Dec 2020

Monday 14 December 2020

A small team of 13 athletes went to the Nationals from King’s College. Friday afternoon was about getting through heats and all who competed achieved that goal.

Ford/Powell/Harding/Robertson Sen 4x400m Relay winners
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Saturday morning was the first chance for a final with Zane Powell (Year 12, Peart) running the Senior Boys 3000m. He won in style with a controlled race in blustery conditions with a time of 8:31.48.

Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning saw other athletes going through the qualifying process with many performing well to make finals.

Sunday morning also saw the medal march for King’s College begin.

Zane Powell

Zane Powell

Jack Erikson (Year 9, Peart) started it with a third place in the Yr 9 3000m Road Race. A really good run against quality opponents.

James Ford (Year 10, Parnell) won the Junior Boys 800m race powering away from the pack to win in a time of 1:58.32.

Two races later, James Harding (Year 12, Greenbank) also dominated the Senior Boys 800m to win in a time of 1:54.84.

Joseph Dunn (Year 10, Averill) who had qualified in eighth, had a fantastic Junior Boys 100m hurdles final and came third in a PB time of 14.07.

Sunday afternoon saw Jack Sadler (Year 11, Selwyn) run in the Junior Boys 100m final where he finished 8th in a time of 11.80 in windy conditions.

Next up was Joseph Dunn in the final of the Junior Boys 300m hurdles where he ran a great race to finish 4th in a time of 42.33. A good performance after a quick turnaround from his earlier race.

Then came James Ford running the Junior Boys 1500m final. He held the lead coming into the final 150m but was overtaken to finish second in a PB time of 4:07.24. A fantastic effort backing up after the 800m in the morning.

Two races later Zane Powell dominated the Senior Boys 1500m to win it convincingly in a time of 3:54.47.

Jack Sadler was next on the track for his Junior Boys 200m final where he finished 6th in a time of 23.86. This was a very close race with the time difference between 1st and 7th being 0.6 of a second!

Kahu Cotterill (Year 9, School) then ran the Junior Boys 400m final where he finished eighth in a time of 57.63. Kahu was the only Year 9 student in the final which is a huge achievement.

After his road race in the morning Jack Erikson then took to the track to run the Junior Boys 2000m Steeplechase and finished 7th in a time of 6:55.65.

Siobhan Balle (Year 12, Marion Bruce) then ran the Senior Girls 2000m Steeplechase and finished in 4th with a time of 7:27.01.

James Robertson (Year 13, Greenbank) had a very strong start to the Senior Boys 400m final but was overtaken down the home straight to finish 2nd in a PB time of 49.13.

Toby Tasker (Year 11, Peart) ran the final of the Boys 2000m Steeplechase final and finished a creditable 5th in a time of 6:20.91.

The only relay that King’s had entered was the Senior Boys 4x400m. The team were in the second heat of timed finals. Christchurch BHS had won the first heat in a time of 3:40.74 so the team knew what it was aiming for.

James Ford ran a fantastic first leg and passed the baton to Zane Powell who tracked his opponent for 200m then powered past him to build a 20m lead. James Harding then completed the third leg increasing the lead even more and passed the baton to James Robertson to bring it home for the team to win in a time of 3:24.09. All of the boys ran 50-51 second 400m splits which is a fine team effort. The second team was 2.7 seconds behind us and all teams in the second heat beat the 3:40.74 mark set in the earlier heat.

A great way to wrap up the very successful weekend.

5 Gold medals (4 individual and the relay).

2 Silver medals

2 Bronze medals

A huge thankyou to Perry Cunningham for helping with the management of the athletes. His coaching of the middle-distance runners is second to none and the results that were achieved by his athletes were outstanding.

Also, thanks to the parents that helped with getting athletes to events on time and in the best shape that they could after some tough races. The supporters and staff that fronted during the weekend to keep the athletes motivated were also a huge help.  

Kerry Baker
Head of Sport

Full results 
Friday 11 December        
Junior 800m  heats James Ford  1st 2.10.89 Q
Senior 800m  heats James Harding 1st  2.04.17 Q
Senior 3000m  heats Zane Powell 2nd  9.07.2 Q
    Toby Tasker  6th  9.11.00
Senior 400m  heats James Robertson 1st  53.82 Q
Junior 400m heats  Kahu Cotterill 3rd  56.09 Q
Junior 200m heats Jack Sadler    
Saturday 12 December        
Juni 100 hurdles Heats Joe Dunn 3rd 14.69 Q
Sgirls 100 hurdles  Heats Sophie Adams 6th  17.03
Junior 1500m  Heats James Ford 4th 4.17.86 Q
Junior 100m  round 1 Jack Sadler    
Senior 3000m Final Zane Powell 1st 8.31.48
Jun 300m hurdles  Heats Joe Dunn 4th  45.03 Q
Jun 800m  Semi F James Ford 1st 2..08.51 Q
Sen 800m  Semi F James Harding 1st  1.57.89 Q
Jun 100m  Qu F Jack Sadler    
Sen 1500m heats Zane Powell 4th 4.09.31 Q
Sen 400m Semi F James Robertson 1st  51.15 Q
Jun 400m  semi F Kahu Cotterill 3rd 54.66 PB Q
Jun 200m  Qu F Jack Sadler 3rd   
Sunday 13 December        
Yr 9 Road Race final Jack Erikson 3rd 10.24
Sen Road race Final Seb Wharton 20th  
Sen girls Long Jump    Grace Penberthy DNQ top 8  
Jun 100m semi F Jack Sadler 3rd 14.69Q
Jun 200m  semi F Jack Sadler 3rd 23.93 Q
Jun 800m  Final James Ford 1st 1.58.37
Sen 800m  Final James Harding 1st 1.54 84
Jun 100 hurdles Final Joe Dunn 3rd 14.07 PB
Jun 100m  Final Jack Sadler 8th  11.8
Jun 300m hurdles Final Joe Dunn  4th  42.33 PB
Jun 1500m Final James Ford 2nd 4.07.24 PB
Sen 1500m  Final Zane Powell 1st  3.54.47 PB
Jun 200m  Final Jack Sadler 6th  23.86
Jun Steeples Final Jack Erikson 7th  6.55.65 PB
Sen Steeples Final Toby Tasker 5th 6.20.81 PB
Jun 400m  Final Kahu Cotterill 8th   
Sen 400m  Final James Robertson 2nd  49.13 PB
Sen 4x400m Relay  Final Ford/Powell/Harding/Robertson  1st  3.24