Sisters shine in multiple events
South Canterbury's Christina Ryan was the standout performer at the Christchurch interclub athletics meeting held in Timaru.
Ryan won the Canterbury 14-15 years heptathlon with 3296 points after producing consistent results in the seven events.
Her older sister, Leanna, also performed well, winning the women's 100m (12.72sec), 100m hurdles (14.91sec) and long jump (5.04m).
Jacob Matson, 15, competing in the under 20s, proved just how talented he is, winning the men's 200m in 22.91sec and he was third in the 100m in 11.53sec.
James Sandilands produced season's bests to win the men's 110m hurdles (14.99sec) and high jump (1.91m).
In the throwing events, several athletes impressed. Lauren Bruce won the women's under-18 3kg hammer with a throw of 44.85m and finished second in both the shot put and discus.
Tessa McNab was second to Bruce in the hammer throw.
Tom Walsh won the senior men's shot put by more than 2 metres with his 17.36m effort.
Tom Cooper was second in the under-20 discus, only 15cm behind the winner. Hamish Dewar finished top three in the under-18 shot put, discus and hammer.
Rachel Rolleston won the under-20 javelin with a 34.12m effort, and Lee-Ann McKenzie was not far behind in second with 33.94m.
In the under-20 4kg hammer Ashleigh Lord won with a 28.99m effort and Ruby Cochrane took out the discus with a 42.73m throw.
The juniors produced good results against the Christchurch clubs, with South Canterbury winning the grade 7 boys.
Highlights included 9-year-olds Jackson Hicks-Sandri and Alice Ritchie winning their 60m sprints, and 10-year-old Ryan Newlands winning the 800m from Brandon Lockyer.
Anna Hayward won the 12-years 100m and 400m while Cameron McCully won the 13-years 60m and 200m sprints.
Jonathon Lord competed at the Otago Road Race Walk Championships, winning the junior 5km event in 23min 42sec.
On Wednesday night several athletes travelled to Dunedin for a twilight meet as a buildup to the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships next weekend.
Matson (Roncalli College) again proved his ability by cleaning up the under-16 boys 200m in a personal best time of 22.60sec, and 13-year-old McCully (Timaru Boys' High School) ran a personal best of 24.50sec in the same race.
Waimate High School middle distance runner Michael Garland impressed in winning the under-16 1500m in 4min 24.6sec in a well-judged and tactical performance.
Sandilands (Roncalli College) took out the senior boys' high jump with a 1.80m effort and Cochrane (Waimate High School) finished second in the senior javelin (28.60m).
The Timaru Herald