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On track . . . Timaru Girls' High School athlete Tillie Hollyer competes in the Aoraki Secondary Schools Athletics Championships in Timaru last week, where she broke three records. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Alexia Johnston
South Canterbury’s promising young athletes will get a chance to step up to their next challenge over the coming days.
Place-getters at last week’s Aoraki Secondary Schools Athletics Championships will go on to compete against the best in the South Island from March 31 to April 2.
The South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships, taking place in Dunedin, will be well attended by South Canterbury athletes, some of whom have recently broken records.
Among them is Timaru Girls’ High School pupil Tillie Hollyer, who competed at the Aoraki championships in Timaru last week, breaking records in the U15 800m, 1500m and 3000m races.
Tillie finished the 800m in 2min 23.93sec, breaking the previous record of 2min 27.1sec.
She also finished the 1500m in 5min 06.88sec, beating the previous record of 5min 10sec, and finished the 3000m in 10min 54.30sec, beating the previous record of 11min 18.51sec.
Sport Canterbury regional sport co-ordinator Janine Roux said Tillie’s times were among the successes seen on the field last week.
“It was really good. We had quite a number of records broken .. which is always quite exciting.”
The weather forced the event to be postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday, a move that meant conditions were near perfect when it finally took place, she said.
“It was probably a good decision to make.
“It gave us a lot of sunshine and made things a bit easier.”
The event was attended by about 500 athletes representing 17 schools, all of whom had to qualify at their school sports to compete.
Top athletes at next week’s South Island competition will go on to compete at the National Secondary Schools Athletics Championships being hosted in Hastings in December.