Athletics: Greene measures up across Tasman

Rebekah Greene (Hill City), the find of New Zealand junior women's middle-distance running this summer, has proved she can foot it on the other side of the Tasman as well.

Greene (16), a talented 16-year old from St Hilda's Collegiate, proved her class when competing for New Zealand at the Oceania under-18 championships in Sydney last weekend.

She was runner-up in the 1000m in a personal-best time of 2min 45.99sec and used her speed to win the 3000m in 9min 53.14sec from former Otago athlete Anna-Lisa Uttley, who finished second in 9min 55.30sec.

Greene capped off a successful championships when she was a member of the New Zealand 4 x 400m relay team that finished fourth in a New Zealand women's aged-16 record time of 3min 54.19sec.

The other team members were Emma Blake, Molly Creagh and Hazel Bowering-Scott.

Tim Lawrence (Hill City), the other Otago member of the New Zealand team, qualified for the 100m final with his heat time of 11.26sec and was fifth in the final in 11.21sec.

Lawrence was also a member of the New Zealand 4 x 100m relay team that finished fifth in 42.75sec.


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