New Zealand walking champion Rozie Robinson wants to reach
new heights this summer season and has given herself tough
targets to meet.
The Hill City-University athlete had a successful winter and
won her ninth and 10th New Zealand senior women's walking
In Wellington, in September, she won the 10km title at the
New Zealand road championships in 50min 32sec.
In Palmerston North, at Labour Weekend, the 21-year-old
physical education student won the 15km walk in 1hr 23min
Robinson's goal for the summer months is to retain her New
Zealand senior women's titles in the 3km track event and the
20km on the road.
Her target is to qualify for next year's World University
Games in Russia in the 20km walk. To do that, she must reduce
her best time from 1hr 45min 49sec to 1hr 39min.
This is a big hurdle, but not impossible if she continues the
rapid rate of improvement she has made over the last two
Her best time for the event two years ago was 1hr 51min
Robinson reduced her time by four minutes when she retained
her New Zealand women's 20km road walk title in Auckland in
Robinson was in recovery mode when she won the women's 3km
track walk at a cold Caledonian Ground on Saturday in 14min
32.95sec. Her time for the 2km was 9min 38sec.
Michael Scholten (Taieri) broke the New Zealand and Otago
masters aged 30 to 34 record in the javelin with his second
round throw of 44.37m.
It beat the New Zealand record by 1.02m and the Otago record
Paralympic athlete Rory McSweeney (Taieri) was also in good
form and had two throws better than his personal best of
46.60m that he threw when finishing fifth in the senior men's
event at the New Zealand championships.
His sequence of throws was foul, 46.12m, 46.89m, 43.50m,
46.64m, 43.31m. Hail was falling on the run-up when he threw
46.89m to win the senior men's event.
The other top performance in the javelin came from Sam Porter
(Hill City-University) who threw a personal best 46.57m when
winning the men's aged 17 event.
The East Otago High School pupil is training for the New
Zealand secondary schools championships in Dunedin next
month. He won a silver medal in the junior boys event last
Dean Rusbatch (Taieri) won the junior men's shot put with
15.13m and was just 19cm short of Kieran Fowler's 2007 Otago
men's aged 18 record.
Jarrod Adams (Hill City-University) had a personal best put
of 12.06m when winning the masters men's event.
Barbara Patrick (Hill City-University) broke her third Otago
masters women's 65 to 69 record this season with her 400m
time of 1min 28.03sec.
Her other records were in the 3000m (13min 16.53sec) and
5000m (22min 38.36sec).
Larissa Dyke (Taieri) won the senior women's sprint double in
the 100m (12.55sec) and 200m (26.61sec).
Christina Ashton (Taieri) had a useful rehearsal for the
national secondary schools championships when she won the
girls aged 15 100m hurdles in 15.91sec.
Christina Taylor (St Paul's, Southland) applied pressure
early to win the women's 1500m in 4min 53.60 sec from Ariki
club-mates Charlotte Cahill 4min 57.07sec and Anna Kean 4min
Sam Bremer (Hill City-University) ran a personal best time by
four seconds when winning the men's aged 17 1500m in 4min