Athletics: Walker determined to make step up this season

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 titles.

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 2sec.

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 years.

Her best time for the event two years ago was 1hr 51min 20sec.

Robinson reduced her time by four minutes when she retained her New Zealand women's 20km road walk title in Auckland in March.

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 by 3.69m.

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 year.

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 59.84sec.

Sam Bremer (Hill City-University) ran a personal best time by four seconds when winning the men's aged 17 1500m in 4min 07.24sec.


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