Geraldine High School athletes shatter athletics records

Nora Quigley and Stephen Harding broke Geraldine High School athletic records recently.
Brayden Lindsay

Nora Quigley and Stephen Harding broke Geraldine High School athletic records recently.

Geraldine High School's Stephen Harding is crediting an increase in competition to help him break a long standing athletics record.

Harding, a middle distance specialist, smashed 30 seconds off his personal best to break his school's 3000m record at the Aoraki secondary school athletics championships.

"I was quite chuffed to have bettered the old mark.

Stephen Harding comepting at an event in Timaru last year. He broke a 24-year-old 3000m Geraldine High School record at ...
John Bisset

Stephen Harding comepting at an event in Timaru last year. He broke a 24-year-old 3000m Geraldine High School record at the Aoraki Secondary School athletic championships last Wednesday.

"No way did I think I'd shave that much time off my previous best.''

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Harding, 17, said it was a great feeling knowing he'd finish his time at Geraldine High with a record next to his name.

"It's something I wanted and to break a 24-year-old effort was pleasing.

"I felt good on the day and it all just clicked really."

It's a new school record because Geraldine's can be broken at any meet where they are representing the school.

He headed home the Aoraki field in a time of 9 mins 21.6 secs, a whopping 14 secs ahead of Timaru Boys', Farran Landers, in second.

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"I wanted to do well and targeted to win the race but the record certainly wasn't my focus.

"It was a nice feeling to hear I'd broken that after the race."

Next up it's the South Island Secondary School championships in Dunedin in April.

"Hopefully I can go down and replicate my form from the Aoraki's."

Fellow Geraldine athlete Nora Quigley also made it into the school's record books.

The discus thrower improved her under 12 and a half record by more than 1.5m at the high school's athletics day, earlier in March.

She threw 27.99m, well ahead of her 26.24m she achieved last season.

"I was stoked. It was a good throw. 

"I beat my personal best by seven centimetres which was great."

The athletic season has finished for the 12-year-old but she's aiming to come back strong in October.

"I want to do well so I can medal at the Colgate Games here in Timaru next year."

Quigley enjoyed improving her old record.

"I also hold the shot put record but I had a shocker with that."

 - Stuff

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