Alex Jordan returned to the Saxton Field Athletics Track on Saturday and to the form that has sent him to numerous victories on the fast rubber surface.
Victories in the 100m, in 11.05sec, and 200m, in 22.04sec, at the Tasman Clubs Championships showed that the Athletics Nelson sprint star has not been in training hibernation as a student at Massey University in Wellington.
"I've put in the best base I ever have," said Jordan, New Zealand's third-fastest 400m runner of all time.
"I did a 1000m time trial in workout and came through the 800 in 1min 56sec."
Jordan hopes the training will push him closer to the New Zealand record and the world championships qualifying standard in the 400m later this season.
The Tasman championships were a start in the right direction for Jordan. For others, they were preparation for next month's New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Championships.
The twilight setting was conducive to top performances.
Mike Lowe, hoping for at least a repeat of last year's runner-up position in the 3000m at the nationals, ran away from team-mate Josh Barry in the final 600m to win the men's under-19 1500m in 4min 8.23sec.
Jess Martin led from start to finish to win the women's under-17 1500m in 4min 51.50sec. Georgia Teakle did the same in winning the under-17 800m in a personal best 2min 29.75sec.
Other personal bests among under-17 winners included Tayler Boeyen in the 80m hurdles (14.43sec), Katie Thompson in the 100m (13.32sec), Amanda Fitisemanu in the 400m (62.26sec), and Jared Lautenslager in the men's 1500m (4min 39.65sec).
Jonas Kale finished second to Jordan in the senior men's 100m in 11.39sec, and returned to win the under-17 200m in 23.53sec. Claire Erasmus dominated the under-20 women's sprints, winning the 100m in 13.08sec and the 200m in 26.53sec.
Takaka's Kai Mason won five men's under-17 field events - the long jump (5.46m), triple jump (11.06m), shot put (12.14m), discus (37.69m) and javelin (37.27m).
Chris Brake won the under-20 long jump (6.73m), triple jump (13.36m) and high jump (1.90m).
Rosie Taylor-Richmond posted seasonal bests in winning the under-17 long jump (5.11m), triple jump (10.39m) and high jump (1.50m). Morgan Clark won the women's under-17 shot put (9.08m) and javelin (25.58m). Courtney Clark improved her seasonal best in the women's under-20 discus with 37.44m, as did Dale Pritchard in the senior men's discus (44.49m) and shot put (14.53m).
Athletics Nelson's final tune-up for the national secondary schools meet will be Wednesday's twilight series meet, which has an early start at 5.15pm.
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