Sandilands, Bruce smash records
Roncalli College's James Sandilands signed off his South Island secondary school track and field career with a win and a record in the under-19 110m hurdles in Timaru.
Sandilands recorded 13.82secs to shave 0.1secs off a record that had stood for 13 years
Craighead's Lauren Bruce was also in great form, smashing the under 19 hammer record by more than eight metres in throwing 54.08m, breaking a record that stood for eight years
Mountainview's Dean Andrews impressed with a javelin record in the under 14 age group thanks to a best of 45.91m.
Andrews also finished second in the long jump.
The trio gained South Canterbury's only records at the championships but several others won titles.
Timaru Boys' High School sprinter Cameron McCully impressed by taking out the under-15 triple of 100m, 200m and 400m. Timaru Girls' High School's Caitlin Benson grabbed three titles in the para athlete category shot put, discus and 100m.
Craighead's Elizabeth Hampton took out the under-15 high jump with a 1.56m effort.
Roncalli's Jonny Rush proved the best in the under-16 discus with a 47.22m effort.
The final event of the meeting was the under 18 boys' relay, which Roncalli took out comfortably in what was a surprise win, after leading throughout
Jamahl Trillo-Feely, James Sandilands, Tom Anderson and Dan Patterson were clean with the baton changes and their win was even more creditable as they were without their star sprinter Jacob Matson, who is competing in the United States.
They finished with a time of 44.86secs.
Over 800 athletes competed in the championships.
- The Timaru Herald