Solid throws for busy Cochrane
South Canterbury athlete Ruby Cochrane finished third in the Open women's javelin at the Cooks Classic in Wanganui on Tuesday night with a throw of 30.41 metres in an event won by Southland thrower Torri Peeters.
Cochrane, who was selected for the Young Olympians Camp in Wanganui and will attend the North Island Track and Field Classics, also finished fourth in the open women's discus with a throw of 40.28m. She finished behind Te Rina Keenan and World Junior Championship representatives Tina Hakeai and Mere Vaka.
The Young Olympians Camp continues in Wanganui through to today. Cochrane will compete in Wellington tomorrow night at the Capital Classic.
The highlight of the meeting was Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis, winning the open men's mile in 3min 58.09sec.
It was the 59th time the 4-minute barrier had been broken on the Cooks Gardens track.
Hometown heroine Lucy Van Dalen's first race in New Zealand since her Olympic success in London last year didn't disappoint the big crowd, with victory in the women's mile.
Van Dalen recorded a smart 4:36.07, well ahead of a fast-finishing Camille Buscomb from Hamilton at 4:43.86 and Cantabrian Rosa Flanagan (4:44.55).
The Timaru Herald