Athletes battled wild weather conditions at the Lovelock Classic Athletics Grand Prix meeting in Timaru on Saturday.
Participants competed in various track and field disciplines during the day, the Lovelock Mile being among the most highly anticipated events for both men and women.
Tina Faulkner, of Wellington, won the women’s event with a time of 4min 53.01sec, setting a New Zealand Masters 35 record.
Lovelock Classic organising committee member Don Garland said despite that record being broken time, the blustery conditions ruled out fast times for various other running events.
Sam Petty, of Canterbury, won the Lovelock Mile men’s event with a time of 4min 17.17sec, ahead of Daniel Balchin, of Canterbury (4min 18.31sec), and Oli Chignall, of Otago (4min 19.52sec).
Overall, the meeting was a great success, Garland said.
“There were really good numbers and really good quality of fields, so that was really good.”
The meeting, which took place from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Timaru’s Aorangi Stadium all-weather track, involved 340 athletes.
Garland said among those to stand out were Jessie Bryant, of Canterbury, who “magnificently” won the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.27m.
Felix McDonald, of Otago, followed close behind with an “excellent” leap of 7.17m.
The women’s 100m hurdles saw a clash between New Zealand’s top two competitors, both of whom were attempting to qualify for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Fiona Morrison, of Canterbury, won both races with times of 13.42sec and 13.57sec, ahead of national record holder Rochelle Coster, of Auckland, who finished in 13.57sec and 13.60sec.
Former South Canterbury athlete James Sandilands, now of Christchurch, won the men’s 110m hurdles with times of 14.55sec and 14.64sec.
World Championship and Commonwealth Games representative Katherine Camp, of Waikato, won the women’s 800m with a time of 2min 12.25sec.
The men’s 100m was won by Scott Walker, of Canterbury, with a time of 10.82sec, ahead of Sandilands (10.88sec) and Schulyer Orr, of North Otago (10.99sec).
Morrison won the women’s 100m with a time of 11.94sec, ahead of Anna Percy, of Canterbury (11.99sec) and South Canterbury athlete Anna Hayward (12.09sec).
In the men’s 400m former local and World Junior Championship representative Jacob Matson, now of Wellington, won with a time of 50.62sec, and another local, Christina Ryan won the women’s discus after throwing 38m.