In-form quartet break open records

19:22, Nov 27 2012

Four Athletics Taranaki open records have been broken over three Central League competitions.

The meetings were held in Palmerston North and Wanganui during October and November.

Matthew Baxter lowered his own men's 19 years record in the 3000m by 10 seconds, with a smart time of 8 minutes 19.91 seconds, which ranks him No 1 in New Zealand.

Kyle Van der Merwe, in his first season in the men's 19 years grade, broke a 14-year-old record in the shot put with a distance of 15.93m, which ranks him second in New Zealand.

Tom Spencer was equally impressive in only his second outing over the 2km steeplechase, lowering the men's 16 years record by 18sec with a time of 6min 25.87sec.

In the 100m, Zoe Hobbs lowered her own women's 16 years record to 12.27sec.

Along with the records, there were scores of personal best performances, which bodes well for the secondary school athletes who head to Dunedin for the New Zealand secondary schools track and field and road race championships next weekend.