Taranaki teens impress on track

Taranaki athletes have been performing with distinction in representative competitions.

Zoe Hobbs represented New Zealand in Sydney last week at the Olympic Youth Festival. Competing in the under-18 women's grade, Hobbs won the 100m in 12.42 seconds and became the first New Zealander to win that event.

Hobbs was also a silver medallist in the 4x100m relay and placed fourth in the 200m in a time of 25.42sec.

On the newly installed track in Masterton, Matthew Baxter won the men's 19 1500m in a time of 3 minutes 52.78 seconds, breaking the open Taranaki record that had stood for 27 years in the process.

Also in record-breaking form was Emily Roughan, who ran 2:14.69 to break the women's 19 800m record set 26 years ago.

Baxter and Roughan also competed in the Athletics New Zealand 3000m championships for senior men and senior women.

Baxter finished 12th, in 8:18.59, and Roughan eighth in a personal best time of 9:55.55.

Tamsin Burt competed at the South Island Colgate Games, winning the 13 girls' 800m in a time of 2:30.34.

She also won the 1500m in a time of 5:18.89 and was second in the 400m in a time of 63.94.

Taranaki Daily News