Triple jump competition outstanding
The weather was almost the winner at the weekend's Surrey Park athletics meet - but not quite - with unpredictable winds, rain and spot of hail unable to detract from a superb triple jump competition.
In the conditions, including landing in sand that turned semi-solid in the wet, the standard was outstanding, particularly from Wellington athlete Scott Thomson and Southlander Charlotte Muschamp, home on holiday from Washington State University.
Thomson reached a superb 15.08m, the second-longest jump by a New Zealander so far this season, admittedly aided by a near gale-force 7.9 metres per second tail wind, but he also had a 14.96m jump with a 2.4 tail wind. (To be recognised for record purposes and rankings, wind readings must be 2.0 or less.)
Muschamp had better luck with the wind. Her 12.20m jump is the season's best women's performance to date and had a legal wind reading of 1.2.
Scott's sister Anna was second of the women, jumping 11.16m, just ahead of local 15-year-old Atipa Mabonga with 10.99m and Rebecca Peterson 10.68m.
Todd Swanson had a series of fouled jumps (toe over) and recorded 13.31m off a short run-up, and Sean Pay was close to his season best with 13.28m.
Patrick Taberner braved the conditions to record a personal best high jump of 1.91m.
The Te Anau 15-year-old was second in the New Zealand Secondary Schools junior high jump two weeks ago with 1.90m.
On the track, Deejay Kennedy ran a sharp 11.18sec over 100m, and the women's 100m had a close finish between Rebecca Peterson (Invercargill) and Kaitlin George (from Gore but runs for Hill City Dunedin) - 12.93sec to 12.98sec.
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