Taieri College is hoping its athletes will have the midas
touch this weekend.
The school will take a team of 40 pupils to the Otago
Secondary Schools Athletics Championships at the Caledonian
Ground, in Dunedin, sports co-ordinator Graeme Egan says.
Usually about 25 pupils would qualify, but this year's team
showed the strength of athletics at the school, he said.
During the school's recent athletics day, 12 school records
were set. Other pupils came within centimetres or hundredths
of a second of setting other records, he said.
''We have an amazing fantastic group of athletic kids coming
through,'' he said.
He was confident of success.
''I'm really excited about going down to the Caledonian
[this] weekend and seeing how the students go across the two
days. And the school's quite excited by the prospects we
have,'' he said.
''We have got some very credible and realistic students that
are going to finish well.
''Most of the kids will be aiming for reaching the finals or
The school was ''reaping the benefits'' of Athletics Taieri,
the local athletics club, he said.
A number of pupils had come through the club and the school's
junior athletes were particularly well-placed for success.