Jumping event raises the bar

19:18, Jan 17 2014

The country's top jumpers battled heights and high winds in Hawera last night.

Jump to Music 2014, run by the Hawera Athletics Club, featured high and triple jumpers, including Auckland's Sarah Cowley and eventual women's winner Liz Lamb, Wellington's Billy Crayford, and Palmerston North's Jordan Peters.

Cowley, who competed at the 2012 London Olympics, jumped 1.67 metres. Her personal best is 1.91m.

With windspeeds in Hawera at the time recorded around 50kmh, Cowley said the height was well below what she would start at during training.

"It's just one of those things. You've got to adapt to the conditions and I didn't adapt as well as I normally would."

Cowley was second equal with North Harbour Bays' jumper Vianca du Toit.

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Lamb, a World University Games athlete, won with a jump of 1.72m. Her personal best is 1.90m.

First in the men's high jump was Billy Crayford at 2.02m. His personal best is 2.15m.

Peters finished second, recording 1.92m.

Hawera Athletics coach Ed Fern said the event went well, despite the conditions.

He credited its success to Hawera Athletics Club chairman Greg Werder, who had the novel idea of bringing in buses to act as a windbreak for athletes.

Fern said he hoped the event would become a regular meet on the annual athletics calendar.

Taranaki Daily News