Strength . . . Mackenzie College pupil Ginny Kerr competes in the senior girls 3kg shot put in the New Zealand secondary schools track and field and road championships, at the Caledonian Ground in Dunedin on Saturday. Ginny finished 18th. Her best throw was 9.12m. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

by Greta Yeoman

South Canterbury was well represented at the New Zealand secondary schools track and field and road championships over the weekend.

Waimate and Fairlie headed south to Dunedin’s Caledonian Ground for the three-day event, which ran from Friday to Sunday.

Timaru Boys pupil Ryan Bagrie won the junior boys’ 1500m run, while schoolmate George Guerin placed second in the senior boys’ 2000m steeplechase.

George also ran in the semifinals of the senior boys’ 800m run, but did not make it to the finals.

Craighead Diocesan pupils Jessica Vogel, Amanda Shallard, Ava Young and Holly Munro came second in the junior girls’ 4x400m relay, while Timaru Girls’ Tillie Hollyer finished third in the 800m senior girls’ run.

Timaru Boys’ Dean Andrews placed third in the senior boys’ javelin throw, while schoolmate William Valentine came fourth.

William also came fifth in the senior boys’ discus event, while brother Thomas Valentine won bronze in the senior boys’ hammer throw.

Waimate High School’s Thomas Fletcher was 10th in the senior boys’ long jump, while Timaru Boys’ Jed Syme made it to the semifinals of the junior boys’ 200m sprint, but did not qualify for the final.

TBHS pupil Ben Sewell won bronze in the senior boys’ 110m hurdles, and Mountainview High School’s Todd Bradshaw came sixth.

Liam Mackay, of Mackenzie College, placed ninth in the senior boys’ high jump, and Ben Sewell came 10th.

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