Lovelock Mile: close but not quite for Baan

Joshua Baan.
Joshua Baan.
Joshua Baan went close but ultimately came up just short of a lucrative trip to Timaru.

The Hill City-University (HCU) runner was the best of the Otago contingent, but was edged in the feature race at the Lovelock Classic on Saturday.

He ran a 4min 17.57sec to lead a very tight chasing group in the Lovelock Mile.

But it was 17-year-old Chanel Muir, of Christchurch Avon, who went home $600 richer. He crossed the line in 4min 15.15sec to win the title for the first time.

Baan’s second was not Otago’s only placing of the day.

HCU’s Rosie Elliott continued her brilliant summer by clocking wins in both the 100m and 200m.

She ran 11.86sec to finish 0.5sec ahead of second-placed Fiona Morrison (Old Boys United).

In the 200m she backed that up by finishing in 23.92sec, nearly 1sec ahead of Morrison.

Taieri’s Felix McDonald also claimed a win in what was an Otago-dominated men’s long jump competition.

He jumped 6.93m to claim first over Ariki’s Shay Veitch, who managed 6.80m.

HCU’s Cameron Moffitt was third with 6.40m.

Moffitt also ran 15.06sec to claim the 110m hurdles title.

Veitch also claimed second in both the 100m and 200m.

He ran 11.07sec and 21.80sec respectively, but was beaten by Old Boys United’s Tiaan Whelpton in both.

Paralympian Anna Grimaldi (HCU) made her return to competition for the first time since winning silver at the para-world championships.

She jumped 5.42m for third in the open women’s long jump.

Ariki’s Ben Lund was only narrowly denied in the men’s 800m, James Ford running 2min 01.17sec to edge him by 0.1sec.

In the men’s 3000m Colin Kirkpatrick (Queenstown) finished second in 8min 50.24sec.

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