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Athletes show excellent form

Last updated 05:00 21/11/2012

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South Canterbury Amateur Athletics Club members impressed at the Otago Track and Field meeting, held over two days.

The extra competition proved beneficial with many finishing top of their age- group and performing to a high level.

James Sandilands jumped a season best, clearing 1.90 metres in the men's 16-17 high jump.

Rebecca Hodgson won the women's 18-20 hammer throw with a 49.85m while Lauren Bruce was also on top in the women's 15 hammer with a 44.37m effort.

On Saturday athletes competed in wet and miserable conditions with Leanna Ryan winning the women's 16-17 100m hurdles in 14.98 seconds.

Adam Chamberlain ran the men's 16 1500m in 4min 32.43sec, while Jacob Matson was impressive in the men's 16 200m running a very slick 23sec flat.

Morgan Thomson ran a personal best by 0.94sec in the men's 16-17 400m (52.66sec). In the men's 16-17 3000m track walk Jonathon Lord gained a huge personal best of nearly 30 seconds in what were very trying conditions, recording 13min 13.26sec.

Ruby Cochrane won the women's 16-17 javelin (29.23m), in difficult conditions despite withdrawing from the event after three rounds, and in doing so Cochrane beat 2012 Paralympian Holly Robinson by more than two metres.

Locally the season has also got off to a good start with membership numbers increasing.

The club is into its third week of competition while the five star programme got under way last weekend for 7-14 years.

Newcomer 13-year-old Cameron McCully is already showing potential on the track with three club records in the sprints.

He smashed the previous 200m time by just over a second recording 25.8sec.

In the 200m 12-year-old Anna Hayward ran 27.7sec, knocking nearly a second off the record.

Ben Sewell, 11, ran 13.6sec in the 100m and recorded 1.30m in the high jump to gain five-star awards.

Wednesday night coaching is also proving popular with about 70 athletes turning up to further develop their skills on the track and in the field.

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- The Timaru Herald

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