Brown cuts 7sec from 32-year-old Otago record

Rebekah Greene
Rebekah Greene
Race walker Alexander Brown has added another accolade to an impressive list of achievements.

The Caversham athlete broke the men’s 18 Otago record in the 3000m race walk at the Caledonian Ground on Saturday.

He finished in 14min 07.35sec to beat Robin Miller’s previous record — set in 1987 — by seven seconds.

Meanwhile in the 800m, Rebekah Greene and William Scharpf both put on handy displays to secure big wins.

Hill City University’s (HCU) Greene ran 2min 12.81sec to claim a convincing 14-second win in the women’s race.

University of Canterbury’s Scharpf’s 2min 01.75sec was six seconds ahead of the nearest male.

In the 100m, Taieri’s Felix McDonald ran 11.43sec into a brisk headwind, edging North Otago’s Schuyler Orr by 0.03sec.

Orr claimed a convincing win in the 200m in 23.32sec, while also winning the 60m in 7.24sec.

In the 400m, Ariki’s Shay Veitch was a four-second winner, clocking 48.07sec.

Taieri’s Leonie Palmer won the women’s 100m 13.38sec, while Caitlin O’Donnell (Leith) ran 8.31sec and 27.54sec to win the 60m and 200m respectively.

Jordan Evans-Tobata (Caversham) claimed the 400m victory in 59.43sec.

Sarah Langsbury (Ariki) and Tara McNally (Taieri) had a strong battle in both hurdles races.

Langsbury edged McNally in 100m and 300m distances in times of 15.43sec and 47.48sec respectively.

In the field, Palmer jumped 5.07m to edge Emma McKay and Langsbury in the long jump.

Meanwhile, Veitch was forced to come from behind to beat McDonald in the men’s event, pulling out 6.77m on his second-to-last jump to win by 5cm.

McKay got one back in the triple jump with a 10.28m effort to win.

In the throws, Taieri duo Ethan Walker and Anton Schroeder delivered impressive javelin performances to win their grades.

Walker threw 58.04m in the under-18 competition, while Schroeder managed 55.19m in the senior grade.

Zharna Beattie also had a strong day, throwing a personal-best 41.63m to win the open women’s javelin.

It also edged her into the top five of the under-18 national rankings.

She backed that up with a 12.84m throw in the shot put.


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