Selwyn running hot

by Kent Caddick

A highly successful Canterbury Athletics Championships has seen a record number of Selwyn athletes being picked for representative honours.

The Selwyn Athletics Club (SAC), based in Rolleston, has had 22 of its athletes named in Canterbury open and grade track and field teams following the recent champs in Timaru, at which the club secured third place in the Canterbury clubs competition.

“Finishing third in the clubs championship was a real surprise but demonstrates how well all our athletes did as a team,” club captain Rachel Simons said.

An indication of the tightness of the competition at the Canterbury champs was that a total of 407 personal best performances were recorded through the weekend.

Leading the charge for SAC on the track was sprinter Maia Broughton who set two new Canterbury records in Timaru, which helped her to earn selection to the Canterbury track and field team for this year’s National Championships.

Broughton set a new 100m record in the 14-year-old girls’ competition and smashed her own record in the 200m. She will represent Canterbury in both those events at the national champs as well as the 400m. Also following the Canterbury champs, three Selwyn athletes were named in the Canterbury 12–13 grades team to compete in the interprovincial competition in Masterton during Easter.

Luke Barrett, Aaliyah Metcalff and John Mottus got the call up to pull on the red and black singlet on the back of some top individual performances in Timaru, with Barrett taking out first place overall in the 13-year-old boys’ division. A further 18 SAC members were selected for the Canterbury team (grades 7–11) to compete at the Triangular Meeting in Dunedin on March 26.

Among the team selected were Riley Metcalff-Ngaronga, who was overall Grade 7 boys’ champion at the Canterbury champs, and Meg Edwards, who was runner-up in the Grade 9 girls’ division.