Record breaking efforts at Otago-Southland champs
Emma Hopcroft's long jump record of 5.62m at the weekend took her to the top of the national rankings for the girls' under-18 division.
Hopcroft was competing in the under-16s at the Otago-Southland secondary schools track and field championships at Surrey Park in Invercargill.
The jump broke her Southland record of 5.58m set last year and followed her win in the same event at the Southland secondary schools athletics in Invercargill 11 days ago.
Coach Lance Smith said Hopcroft (Southland Girls' High School) and Jordan Rackham (Southland Boys' High School) were class acts at the Otago- Southland championships.
"There were many outstanding performances, but those two really stood out," Smith said.
"Jordan virtually ran solo in the 800."
His time of 1min 54.48sec in the senior boys' 800m broke the championships' 38-year-old record by 1.52sec.
Rackham also won the senior boys' 1500m on Saturday.
Fiordland College's star, Patrick Taberner, broke the boys' under- 16 high jump record twice, registering 1.87m and 1.90m.
The previous best for the championship was 1.86m, posted in 1990.
Caitlin Kenny, who attends St Hilda's Collegiate in Dunedin and is a member of the St Pauls Harriers and Athletics Club in Invercargill, broke the girls' under-16 high jump record at the weekend.
Her jump of 1.67m eclipsed Tania Murray's 1985 record of 1.62m.
Murray won a gold medal in high jump at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland.
Yvonne van Baarle, of Blue Mountain College, was in record- breaking form in the girls' under- 15 javelin, throwing 34.78m. Hinewai Collins, of Southland Girls' High School, broke her Southland record by throwing 39.31m in the girls' under-16 hammer.
Another highlight came from Verdon College's Liam Cullen who won in record time of 6min 39.55sec in a 2km steeplechase.
SOUTHLAND TEAM The Southland team for the New Zealand track and field championships in Wellington on March 28-30.
* Todd Swanson, senior men's triple jump.
Hannah Miller, under-18 1500m, under-18 800m. Ffion Muhl, under-18 2km steeples, under-18 1500m.
Jordan Rackham, under-20 800m and 1500m.
Jack Beaumont, under-18 2km steeple, under- 18 3000m.
* Ashley Craig, under-20 hammer and shot put.
Hinewai Collins, under-18 hammer and shot put.
Jack Welsh, under-18 discus, javelin and shot.
* Rebecca Peterson, under-20 triple jump and 100m, senior women triple jump.
Regan Wilson, under-18 triple jump and long jump. Atipa Mabonga, under-18 triple jump and long jump, under-20 triple jump.
* Jade Graham, under-20 triple jump and long jump, senior women's triple jump.
Patrick Taberner, under-18 high jump and 110m hurdles.
Laura Overton, under-20 and senior women triple jump.
Caitlin Kenny, under-18 high jump and under- 20 high jump.
Liam Cullen, under-18 2km steeple and 3000m.
Yvonne van Baarle, under-18 long jump and triple jump.
Emma Hopcroft, under-18 and under-20 long jump.
* Phil Hansford (athlete with disability), wheelchair discus and javelin).
* = Southlanders attending national champs who have left school.
The Southland Times