Track & Field 2019/2020

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Otago Track and Field Meeting, Sat 25, Sun 26 January 2020, Caledonian Ground

Includes the Otago Combined Events Championships and the Otago 5000m Championships

Results & Reports for 2019/2020

Otago Track and Field Meeting, Sat 18 January 2020, Caledonian Ground

Modified Senior Inter-club Meeting
(h=handtimes)

Leith was represented by three athletes at the opening track and field meeting for 2020 at the Caledonian on Saturday which was held in perfect sunny warm conditions with little wind. All times were hand times due to many officials being away.  First up was Christine Montgomery who ran the 3000 metres in 12 minutes 35,2 seconds. Next were Olivia Gold and Cailtin O’Donnell competing in the W22 and W18 grades respectively.  They both won their grades with times of 2 minutes 40.9 seconds for Olivia and 2 minutes 43.3 seconds for Caitlin.  Chris Sole was there giving excellent vocal support and encouragement at the 200m mark.

Leith Results by Heat:

Event 5 Mixed 12+ 800 Metre Run Open
Section 2
5 # 956 Olivia Gold W22 Leith 2:40.9h
6 # 1022 Caitlin O’Donnell W18 Leith 2:43.3h

Event 7 Mixed 12+ 3000 Metre Run Open
3 # 1835 Christine Montgom W54 Leith 12:35.2h

Leith Results by Grade:

Event 5 Women 18-19 800 Metre Run Open
1 # 1022 Caitlin O’Donnell 18 Leith 2:43.3h 
Event 5 Women 20-34 800 Metre Run Open
1 # 956 Olivia Gold 22 Leith 2:40.9h 

Event 7 Mixed 12+ 3000 Metre Run Open
3 # 1835 Christine Montgom W54 Leith 12:35.2h

Lovelock Classic, Sat 11 January, Aorangi Park, Timaru

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Otago Track and Field Meeting,  Saturday, 14 December 2019, Caledonian Ground

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Hurring Relays

Leith only competed in the 4 x 1000m track race where they ran exceptionally well to finish second and thus gained 8 points for the final club score.  The team of Jonah Belk, Ben Mitchell, Simon Leaning and Hamish McKinlay ran exceptionally well to record a time of 12 minutes 3.48 seconds.  Despite giving away 18 years to the next oldest Leith runner, Simon Leaning put in a tremendous effort to keep the team in with a chance of victory.  Leith finished fifth overall across all the events in the Hurring Relays.

Leith Results: 

Event 175 Men 12+ 4×1000 Metre Relay Open
2 Leith ‘A’ 12:03.48
1) Jonah Belk 28 2) Ben Mitchell 19 3) Simon Leaning 46 4) Hamish McKinlay 20

Otago Track and Field Meeting,  Saturday, 7 December 2019, Caledonian Ground

Otago Interclub Meeting-Modified, Weight Pentathlon, Otago 10,000m Champs

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Leith’s Nic Bathgate put in a tremendous challenge for the Otago 10,000m title at the Caledonian on Saturday afternoon.  The conditions were very hot with a southerly wind picking up during the race.  The water table was used quite extensively by the runners during the race as the heat built up.  Initially for the first two laps the runners in the small field of eight kept together at a steady pace. However, Ariki’s Aaron Anderson decided that someone had to push the pace and he built a lead of about 50 metres by the middle of the race.  Hill City-University’s Ollie O’Sullivan decided that letting Anderson get too far away from him was not going to get him the title, so he upped the pace with a third of the race to go in a bid to catch Anderson.  Meanwhile, Leith’s Nic Bathgate who at that stage was about 40 metres adrift of O’Sullivan also decided that he needed to up the pace too.  Aaron Anderson looked like he was tiring and O’Sullivan was gaining lap by lap with Bathgate tracking a distance behind him.  Eventually, O’Sullivan passed Anderson who tried in vain to stay with him.   Bathgate, seemingly in no stress at all, also soon passed Anderson and with two laps to go it looked like he would challenge O’Sullivan for the title, but O’Sullivan ran the last two laps like an 800m race and finished ahead of Bathgate by 9 seconds to post a time of 34:08.88 to win the title.  Bathgate finished second in 34:17.47 to take the silver medal with Anderson finishing in a flourish just 4 seconds back in 34:21.35 to take the bronze. Nathan Shanks of Caversham was the next runner to finish posting a time of 36:09.78.  Leith’s Simon Leaning finished fifth winning the Master Men’s 35+ grade title in a time of 38:59.50.  Three runners dropped out during the race due to injury, fitness and the heat.  Although it was a small field it was an interesting race because with just over three laps to go it was unclear which of the three front runners would actually prevail in those conditions.  We will have some photos here soon.

Nic had this to say about his silver medal effort: 
First ever race without music – could’ve been worse. Pretty slow time as expected in hot n windy conditions, but very happy to finish just 9sec behind Ollie O’Sullivan off of just aerobic base training. Threw the pacing plan out after the first lap and just ran by feel, didn’t try to stay with anyone and ran most of the race alone, Aaron Anderson took a very bold early lead, I made a conscious decision to let him go which paid off in the end when I reeled him in over the last few laps.”

Leith Results by Heat:

Event 9 X17+ 10000 Metre Run Otago Champs Open
2 Nic Bathgate M34 Leith 34:17.47
5 Simon Leaning M46 Leith 38:59.50

Leith Results by Grade:

Event 9 M20-34 10000 Metre Run Otago Champs Open
2 Nic Bathgate M34 Leith 34:17.47

Event 9 M35-49 10000 Metre Run Otago Champs Open
1 Simon Leaning M46 Leith 38:59.50

Otago Track and Field Meeting,  Saturday, 30 November 2019, Caledonian Ground

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Only two Leith athletes competed in Saturday’s Otago Interclub Track and Field meeting at the Caledonian, which is a pity because the weather was sublime albeit with a fairly strong North Easterly gusting every so often.  Caitlin O’Donnell continued with her multiple sprint program.  She finished first in the Women 16-17 grade in all of them.  She ran 8.31 seconds for the 60 metres, however there was no wind indicator available for that race so unfortunately it does not count towards the rankings. Her 13.53 seconds for the 100m into a strong wind was excellent (wind reading was -4.2). The wind was less of a factor for the 200m where she ran a smart 27.54 seconds (wind reading -1.4).  Men’s 85-89 grade runner Jim Flynn was amazingly consistent with his effort in the 200 metre sprint which he ran in 59 seconds which was an improvement on his time from last week by 0.18 of a second. The wind reading was -4.1 this time, which was quite bit more than the wind reading of -2.9 from last week.  He finished fourth in the Men 50+ grade.  If the wind reading had been the same from last week he could have possibly nudged under 59 seconds.  Truly great efforts from both these sprinters who are flying the Leith flag this season.

Leith results by Heat:

Event 1 Mixed 12+ 60 Metre Sprint Open
Section 2 Wind: NWI
1 Caitlin O’DONNELL W17 Leith 8.31

Event 2 Women 12+ 100 Metre Sprint Open
Section 2 Wind: -4.2
2 Caitlin O’DONNELL 17 Leith 13.53

Event 3 Women 12+ 200 Metre Sprint Open
Section 1 Wind: -1.4
1 Caitlin O’DONNELL 17 Leith 27.54

Event 3A Men 12+ 200 Metre Sprint Open
Section 2 Wind: -4.1
5 Jim (James) FLYNN 85 Leith 59.00

Leith results by Grade:

Event 1 Women 16-17 60 Metre Sprint Open
1 Caitlin O’DONNELL 17 Leith 8.31 NWI 2

Event 2 Women 16-17 100 Metre Sprint Open
1 Caitlin O’DONNELL 17 Leith 13.53 (wind reading -4.2)

Event 3 Women 16-17 200 Metre Sprint Open
1 Caitlin O’DONNELL 17 Leith 27.54 (wind reading -1.4)

Event 3A Men 50+ 200 Metre Sprint Open
4 Jim (James) FLYNN 85 Leith 59.00 (wind reading -4.1)

Otago Track and Field Meeting,  Saturday, 23 November 2019, Caledonian Ground

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Caitline O’Donnell put in some solid performances in the sprints at the Caledonian on Saturday.  There was a stiff headwind in the home straight which hampered many of the sprinters. She won the Women’s 16-17 200 Metre Sprint in 27.69 seconds (wind reading was -2.9).  She finished second in her grade in both the 60 Metre and 100m sprints in 8.58 seconds (wind -2.7) and 13.73 seconds (wind -2.7) respectively. Jim Flynn also tackled the 200m with a 59.18 second (wind -2.1) effort finishing second in the Men’s 50+ grade.

The Ness Cup Handicap Mile provided for some exciting running.  Christine Montgomery was the second runner off,  finishing with a line time of 6:53.18 and line position of 20th.  Her actual time was 6:33.18.  The handicapping was not that accurate this year which unfortunately resulted in many of the first off runners being overhauled early on in the 4 lapper.

Leith Results by Heat:

Event 1 Mixed 12+ 60 Metre Sprint Open
Section 3 Wind: -2.7
1 Caitlin O’Donnell W17 Leith 8.58

Event 2 Mixed 12+ 100 Metre Sprint Open
Section 2 Wind: -2.7
3 Caitlin O’Donnell W17 Leith 13.73

Event 3 Mixed 12+ 200 Metre Sprint Open
Section 3 Wind: -2.9
2 Caitlin O’Donnell W17 Leith 27.69
Section 4 Wind: -2.1
7 Jim (James) Flynn M85 Leith 59.18

Event 77 Mixed 12+ 1 Mile Run Handicap Line Time/pos Open
20 Christine Montgomery W53 Leith 6:53.18

Event 78 Mixed 12+ 1 Mile Run Handicap Actual Time/pos Open
21 Christine Montgomery W53 Leith 6:33.18

Leith Results by Grade:

Event 1 Women 16-17 60 Metre Sprint Open
2 Caitlin O’Donnell 17 Leith 8.58 (wind -2.7)

Event 2 Women 16-17 100 Metre Sprint Open
2 Caitlin O’Donnell 17 Leith 13.73 (wind -2.7)

Event 3 Women 16-17 200 Metre Sprint Open
1 Caitlin O’Donnell 17 Leith 27.69 (wind -2.9)

Event 3 Men 50+ 200 Metre Sprint Open
2 Jim (James) Flynn 85 Leith 59.18 (wind -2.1)

Otago Track and Field Meeting,  Saturday, 16 November 2019, Caledonian Ground

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Men’s 18-19 athlete Ben Mitchell smashed over 5 seconds off his 1500m Personal Best with an excellent time of 4 minutes 20.23 seconds.  The strong headwind on the backstraight made things difficult for the runners but did not seem to affect their times.  Nick Bathgate actually finished first in the 5000m race having broken away from Jonah Smith (the official winner) during the third to last lap after sticking close behind him for nine laps , but Nick was disqualified under rule 144.3 for running with headphones  which was a disappointment for him because he had equalled his personal best of 16 minutes 23 seconds.  Caitlin O’Donnell finished second in the Women 16-17 grade in both the 100m (13.02 secs wind 2.5) and the 200m (27.47 secs wind 0.1).

Leith Results by Heat:

Event 2 Mixed 12+ 100 Metre Sprint Open
Section 2 Wind: 2.5
5 Caitlin O’Donnell W17 Leith 13.02

Event 3 Mixed 12+ 200 Metre Sprint Open
Section 2 Wind: 0.1
7 Caitlin O’Donnell W17 Leith 27.47

Section 3 Wind: 2.5
7 Jim (James) Flynn M85 Leith 59.85

Event 6 Mixed 12+ 1500 Metre Run Open
Section 1
3 Ben Mitchell M19 Leith 4:20.23 (Personal Best)

Leith Results by Grade:

Event 2 Women 16-17 100 Metre Sprint Open
2 Caitlin O’Donnell 17 Leith 13.02 (wind 2.5)

Event 3 Women 16-17 200 Metre Sprint Open
2 Caitlin O’Donnell 17 Leith 27.47 (wind 0.1)

Event 3 Men 50+ 200 Metre Sprint Open
2 Jim (James) Flynn 85 Leith 59.85 (wind 2.5)

 Event 6 Men 18-19 1500 Metre Run Open
1 Ben Mitchell 19 Leith 4:20.23 (Personal Best)

Otago Track and Field Meeting,  Saturday, 9 November 2019, Caledonian Ground

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It was all about the sprints for Leith athletes on a mostly sunny and hot Saturday at the Otago Interclub Track and Field meeting held at the Caledonian.  The first part of the program took place in very strong North Easterly winds which affected most of the sprint events except the 60m and relays during which the winds dropped.  Caitlin O’Donnell finished first in the W17 grade in both the 60m and 200m in 8.45 seconds (wind 0.3) and 27.15 seconds (wind -1.6) respectively.  She was second in her grade in the 100m in 13.49 seconds (wind -2.3).

Jim Flynn made a return to competition at the ripe old age of 85 aiming to break some masters records along the way.  He said he was unable to run the longer distances these days and was going to stick to the sprint events.  He posted times of 59.6 seconds for the 200m and 2 minutes 32.45 seconds for the 400m.  There are only standards at the moment for the Otago Masters records at his age grade of 85-89 and at this early stage he was unable to get near them, especially over the 400m.

By end of the meet a haze had settled over the sky which apparently had come from the bush fires raging in Australia.

Leith Results by Heat:

Event 1 Mixed 12+ 60 Metre Sprint Open
Section 2 Wind: 0.3
5 Caitlin O’DONNELL W17 Leith 8.45

Event 2 Women 12+ 100 Metre Sprint Open
Section 3 Wind: -2.3
5 Caitlin O’DONNELL 17 Leith 13.49

Event 3 Women 12+ 200 Metre Sprint Open
Section 1 Wind: -1.6
2 Caitlin O’DONNELL 17 Leith 27.15

Event 3A Men 12+ 200 Metre Sprint Open
Section 2 Wind: -1.3
6 Jim (James) FLYNN 85 Leith 59.36

Event 4A Men 12+ 400 Metre Sprint Open
Section 2
2 Jim (James) FLYNN 85 Leith 2:32.45

Leith Results by Grade:

Event 1 Women 16-17 60 Metre Sprint Open
1 Caitlin O’DONNELL 17 Leith 8.45 (wind 0.3)

Event 2 Women 16-17 100 Metre Sprint Open
2 Caitlin O’DONNELL 17 Leith 13.49  (wind-2.3)

Event 3 Women 16-17 200 Metre Sprint Open
1 Caitlin O’DONNELL 17 Leith 27.15  (wind-1.6)

Event 3A Men 50+ 200 Metre Sprint Open
3 Jim (James) FLYNN 85 Leith 59.36  (wind -1.3)

Event 4A Men 50+ 400 Metre Sprint Open
2 Jim (James) FLYNN 85 Leith 2:32.45

Otago Track and Field Meeting,  Saturday, 2 November 2019, Caledonian Ground

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Beautiful sunny and calm conditions greeted the Leith athletes competing in the Otago Track & Field Interclub meeting at the Caledonian Ground on Saturday afternoon.  Caitlin O’Donnell tackled the two short sprints, the 100m and the 200m again.  She finished first in the W17 grade in both events posting times of 13.06 seconds (wind 1.4) and 26.93 seconds (wind 1.8) respectively.  Caitlin also ran the 300m but there was no timing or positions due to a malfunction in the equipment.

M19 barefoot runner Ben Mitchell opted for the 1500m finishing first in his heat as well as first in his grade in a personal best of 4 minutes 25.26 seconds. He broke away from the field at the start and never looked back building on his lead all the way to a comfortable win.

M18 runner Jack Divers and Senior Men’s runner Cliff Kelway-Pope ran the 3000m with Jack finishing sixth (2nd in M18-19) in 10 minutes 23.78 seconds and Cliff finishing  eleventh (fifth in the SM grade) in 11 minutes 29.59 seconds.

Leith Results by Heat:

Event 2 Mixed 12+ 100 Metre Sprint Open
Section 4 Wind: 1.4
4 Caitlin O’Donnell W17 Leith 13.06

Event 3 Mixed 12+ 200 Metre Sprint Open
Section 2 Wind: 1.8
8 Caitlin O’Donnell W17 Leith 26.93

Event 6 Mixed 12+ 1500 Metre Run Open
Section 1
1 Ben Mitchell M19 Leith 4:25.26 (personal best)

Event 7 Mixed 12+ 3000 Metre Run Open
6 Jack Divers M18 Leith 10:23.78
11 Clifford Kelway-Pope M29 Leith 11:29.59

Leith Results by Grade:

Event 2 Women 16-17 100 Metre Sprint Open
1 Caitlin O’Donnell 17 Leith 13.06 (wind 1.4)

Event 3 Women 16-17 200 Metre Sprint Open
1 Caitlin O’Donnell 17 Leith 26.93 (wind 1.8)

Event 6 Men 18-19 1500 Metre Run Open
1 Ben Mitchell 19 Leith 4:25.26 (personal best)

Event 7 Men 18-19 3000 Metre Run Open
2 Jack Divers 18 Leith 10:23.78

Event 7 Men 20-34 3000 Metre Run Open
5 Clifford Kelway-Pope 29 Leith 11:29.59

Hurring Relays, 24 October 2019, Caledonian Ground

Event cancelled due to bad weather

Otago Track and Field Interclub Meeting, Saturday, 19 October 2019, Caledonian Ground

The second meeting of the Otago Track and Field meeting took place at the Caledonian on Saturday in ideal sunny conditions with very light North Westerly wind blowing.  M19 runner Nathan Hill finished second in his 1500m heat and the Men 18-19 grade in a time of 4 minutes 10.42 seconds.  Oliver Despatis M19 finished fourth in the same heat and third in the M18-19 grade in 4 minutes 17.25 seconds with M18 runner Jack Divers back in 8th place in the heat and fifth in the M18-19 grade in 4 minutes 36.41 seconds.  These times were pretty good for so early in the season and portends well for the championships in February.

Caitlin O’Donnell stuck to the sprints running both the 100m and the 200m.  In the 100m Caitlin fnished third in her heat and second in the W17 grade in 13.04 seconds.  In the 200m she was third in her heat but first in the W17 grade in 26.72 seconds.  These were good times for so early in the season.

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Leith Results by Heat:

Event 2 Mixed 12+ 100 Metre Sprint Open
Section 3 Wind: 2.1
3 Caitlin O’Donnell W17 Leith 13.04

Event 3 Mixed 12+ 200 Metre Sprint Open
Section 3 Wind: 2.5
2 Caitlin O’Donnell W17 Leith 26.72

Section 2
2 Nathan Hill M19 Leith 4:10.42
4 Olivier Despatis M19 Leith 4:17.25
8 Jack Divers M18 Leith 4:36.41

Leith Results by Grade:

Event 2 Women 16-17 100 Metre Sprint Open
3 Caitlin O’Donnell 17 Leith 13.04  (wind reading 2.1)

Event 3 Women 16-17 200 Metre Sprint Open
1 Caitlin O’Donnell 17 Leith 26.72 (wind reading 2.5)

Event 6 Men 18-19 1500 Metre Run Open
2 Nathan Hill 19 Leith 4:10.42
3 Olivier Despatis 19 Leith 4:17.25
5 Jack Divers 18 Leith 4:36.41

Otago Interclub Programme- Modified, Caledonian Ground, Sat 12 October 2019

This was the opening meeting of the Otago 2019/20 Track and Field season at the Caledonian and Leith Harriers had two runners competing. In the (event 5, section 1) 800m, Men’s 19 runner Nathan Hill took his good form from the 3000m Track Challenge (Friday, 6 Sep 2019) and won an exciting 800m race by just 0.01 of a second from M17 runner Josh Hou of Hill City University.  Hill’s time was 2:02.98 with Hou right there in 2:02.99.  Benjamin Lund (M17 Ariki) was not far off the pace in third spot in 2:05.45.  Running the longer distance of 3000m, Olivier Despatis finished first in the M19 grade in 9:12.75 (second in the event 7, section 1).

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Leith Results by Heat:

Event 5 Mixed 12+ 800 Metre Run Open
Section 1
1 Nathan Hill M19 Leith 2:02.98

Event 7 Mixed 12+ 3000 Metre Run Open
Section 1
2 Olivier Despatis M19 Leith 9:12.75

Leith Results by Grade:

Event 5 Men 18-19 800 Metre Run Open
1 Nathan Hill 19 Leith 2:02.98

Event 7 Men 18-19 3000 Metre Run Open
1 Olivier Despatis 19 Leith 9:12.75