Taranaki's Hobbs, McCallum lead the charge

Last updated 05:00 10/04/2014

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Top Taranaki sprinter Zoe Hobbs competed a notable double at the North Island secondary schools' athletics championships in Masterton at the weekend.

The New Plymouth Girls' High School student won the senior girls' 100m in 12.04 seconds before taking the 200m title in 24.67sec.

New Plymouth Boys' High School's Javon McCallum also had a notable double in the intermediate boys' section, winning the 200m race in 22.96sec. He then went on to win the 400m in 50.53sec.

The pair headlined a number of podium finishes for Taranaki.

Jono Brownjohn was in record-breaking form in the AWD amputee division, breaking the records in the 100m (13.38sec) and long jump (5.05m). He also won the high jump.

Anneke Grogan ran a personal best to win the open girls' 2km steeplechase. She also finished second in the senior girls' 3000m.

Team-mate Madeline Roughan finished third in the senior girls' 3000m. Angus White also ran his fastest time in the intermediate boys' 1500m for second, and took out the title in the 3000m.

Nicole Moratti snatched the lead in the final round of the junior girls' javelin to take the title and Grace White leapt to victory in the intermediate girls' triple jump with a personal best performance.

Dane Brooks and Arnold Fage had to settle for second in their respective senior boys' high jump and intermediate boys' triple jump on countback.

Tylia Poingdestre stepped up two grades to place second in the open girls' 2km walk, while Karla Wilson finished second in the senior girls' hammer with a personal best performance.

Personal bests and third placings were recorded by Hannah O'Connor in the junior girls' 3000m, Brooke Neilson in the junior girls' triple jump and Ashleigh Bennett in the intermediate girls' long jump.

Taranaki finished third in the junior girls' relay with fine runs from Kyrin Nicholls, Mikayla Callaghan, Jessica Dillon-Springfield and Abigail Pratt.

The final event was the open boys' 4x400m relay. Taranaki stormed home to win thanks to impressive running from Chad Collop, Nicholas Kjestrup, Tyler Feakins and Javon McCallum.

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