Competing against the top athletes around New Zealand in the U18 and U20 age groups, 15 St Peter’s athletes reached the qualifying standard to be selected to compete for the WBOP (Waikato Bay of Plenty) region at Porritt Stadium.
Our athletes came home with an outstanding eight medals and a New Zealand U17 record!
At only 14 years old, Charli Miller secured bronze in the U18 3000m, setting a personal best time of 9:48.03. Charli then raced her preferred event, the 2km steeplechase and not only won convincingly, but also chopped 10 seconds off her personal best, and in doing so broke the New Zealand U17 steeplechase record. Charli's time of 6:46.74 was well under the record of 6:52. Her coach at St Peter's, Ange Russek, said “Charli has been training and preparing well to peak for this event. We have used a mix of cross training through triathlon, hurdling and specific speed sets as part of her preparation. She was on target to hit these times, but to do so at a National Championship against quality runners older than her and breaking a New Zealand record is a real credit to Charli”.
Conor McGiven, coached by St Peter’s sprint coach Jess Patrick, had one of his best national results. A close battle for a medal, finishing 4th in the U20 400m running a personal best time of 51.15, gave him confidence heading into his 400m hurdles final. His strength over this distance and natural hurdling ability secured him the bronze medal in the hurdles.
Conor went on to anchor the 4 x 400m relay later the same day, finishing with another bronze medal. “Conor demonstrated the epitome of the correct mind-set going into the event. He focussed on his personal goals, knew how to attack the race and went through his race plan, controlling the controllable. Conor is a focused and relaxed athlete and was able to embrace the high performance environment and without stress. An outstanding competition for Conor,” said Mrs Patrick.
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