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Frontrunner...George Guerin leading the way at the New Zealand secondary school championships at Wellington. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Chris Tobin

Timaru Boys’ High School athlete George Guerin had a busy time at the national secondary schools’ athletics championships in Wellington at the weekend.

George (18) won a gold medal in the 2000m senior boys’ steeplechase which he won by 11 seconds in a personal best time of 6min 4.45sec.

Earlier in the day he had contested the senior boys’ 800m final finishing fifth in 1min 58.4sec, a PB, and 12th in the 1500m final in 4min 19.45sec.

George tripped in the 1500m final and after this conserved energy for the steeplechase later in the day. He ran a time of 4min 9sec in the 1500m preliminary.

On Friday, he ran the first round heats of the 800m, and on Saturday the 800m semifinals and 1500 preliminary round.

Tillie Hollyer (17), of Timaru Girls’ High School, placed second in the senior girls’ 1500m in 4min 43.96sec, just over a second behind the winner on Sunday. The day before she took a bronze medal in the 800m final in 2min 15.84sec.

Among other local medallists was Emma Becroft (Geraldine High School) who was second in the junior girls’ 80m hurdles. Craighead Diocesan School placed third in the junior girls’ 4 x 400m relay.