Anita Punt wins 100 and 200 metre sprints

Last updated 13:48 11/02/2013
Anita Punt
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TRACK STAR: Black Stick and sprinter Anita Punt, foreground, turns on the speed in the 100m at Porritt Stadium in Hamilton.

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Black Sticks hockey player Anita Punt has continued her dream run in her first taste of sprinting this season, winning the 100 and 200 metres at the Porritt Classic in Hamilton.

Coming on top of some solid hockey training in the morning she headed in Molly Florence in both events clocking impressive, even though they were wind assisted, times of 11.72s and 23.95s.

"It's a good new experience, I'm enjoying it so far and it was great to get the wins today, with better times, I wanted to get under 12 (for the 100m) so I was happy with that," said Punt. "I have battled with the starts up to now, I got a better start today so I could pull out a better time," she added.

"Everything is improving slowly, I'm trying to do hockey as well so it's a bit hard to fit the two in but I'm managing it okay at the moment. I'm off to Argentina for a week and a half for hockey so I'll wait until I get back and see how I'm feeling and decide whether I do the nationals. I'd like to do them but we'll just see what happens," said Punt.

National Sprint champion Joseph Millar overcame a slow start to pull off the 100m in 10.57s after having earlier won the 200m in 21.41s. 

Three times Olympian Stuart Farquhar was reasonably happy with his opening javelin throw of the season of 78.28m. The 12 times national champion and Delhi Commonwealth Games silver medallist managed to get in one good throw. 

"Not knowing where I'm sort of at, maybe it was alright. I was a bit jaded for the first four throws," said Farquhar.

His best throw is 86.31m and he requires a throw of 83.50m for selection to the world championships in Moscow in August. 

"My training's been good it's just I haven't done any high end speed stuff so I'm really like losing the javelin point and all the technical stuff on speed. I've got a lot of power so it's going to come in the next sort of month or so, it's not a worry I'm really happy with it," he added.

London Olympian Sarah Cowley won the high jump on a count back from Emma Sutherland both clearing 1.80m with Elizabeth Lamb third reaching 1.75m.

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