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Senior Opening Day, Points Meeting, Saturday 8 October 2022

Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin

Track events: 60m, 300m, 5000m run/walk

Hurring Relays, Saturday 15 October

Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin

Details to follow, program in draft stage

Interclub – Modified Meet, Children’s 12-14 included, 5.30pm, Thursday 20 October 2022

Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin

Track Events: 60m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, short hurdles

Interclub – Modified Meet, (Children’s 7-11, + Y8 12 year olds included), 5.30pm, Thursday 27 October 2022

Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin

Track Events: 100m, 200m, 800m, 3000, long hurdles

Otago Secondary School Champs, Friday 28 – Saturday 29 October 2022

Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin

Details to follow, program in draft stage

Otago 10,000m Championships, Interclub – Modified Track 1/Field 1, Weight Pentathlon, Sunday 30 October 2022

Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin

10,000m Otago Track Champs

Track Events: 60m, 100m, 400m, 1500, 5000m run/walk, short hurdles

Results & Reports for 2022/2023

Otago Spring 3000m Track Challenge, Friday 23 September 2022

Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin

The weather was sublime, cool with a light breeze with just a few clouds hovering around the setting sun. In the Women’s 3000m Leith’s Olivia Thornbury immediately stamped her authority on the field by leading the field out on the 7 and a half lap race.  She had stiff competition from Liliana Braun from Hill City University, but she eventually put about 40 metres on Liliana and gradually drew away to win convincingly by about 90 metres and take the $180 first prize. Olivia’s time was 10 minutes 3.24 seconds. Liliana finished second in 10 minutes 20.37 seconds to take the $75 prize. Third was Caversham’s Becky de la Harpe who finished in 10 minutes 47.74 seconds winning $25.   Leith’s Christine Montgomery was also in the field and put in a good solid run to finish in 13 minutes 12.69 seconds. She was always going to struggle in a quality field of young up and coming runners. 

In the second race, the Men’s 3000m Challenge, Leith’s Janus Staufenberg did not have an easy time in his pursuit of a third consecutive title.  He led a breakaway group of four runners, which included Benjamin Wall, a non-affiliated runner who looked like he was full of running, Sam Idiens (Papanui TOCH) and Liam Chesney (Wellington).  By the beginning of the last lap there were just two in contention.  Benjamin Wall took the lead from Janus and it appeared as if he would be the one to win this. However, Janus surged to the lead around the last bend, leaving Benjamin in his wake.  This was Janus’s third win in succession and he finished in 8 minutes 23.52 seconds to take home first prize of $150. This was his best time in this event. His previous two wins were in 8:30 and 8:29 so it can be seen that he is improving with every outing. Benjamin had faded somewhat and finished second in 8 minutes 26.58 seconds to win $75. Hill City University’s Reuben Beard had sat back off the lead pack biding his time. Surprising everyone, he put in a tremendous surge in the last lap catching the runners ahead of him to finish third in 8 minutes 38.87 seconds and earn third prize of $25.  Leith’s Corey Lewis, who admitted to the shock of adapting to the pace of the track after a season of trail and road running over longer distances, achieved a personal best time of around 9 minutes 14.58 seconds. 

Thanks to the organisers and the sponsors and the meeting officials and to Russel Lund who provided the fantastic after race refreshments.  Also to the runners who were a happy bunch of keen competitors.  Also thanks to Chris Sole who supported every athlete out there and called out the lap times for both races.  Thanks also to Mark O’Donnell who was out there supporting the runners.  The photos and videos were taken by Marc Boullé who also provided encouragement to the runners.