Records tumble at Otago primary athletics

Samantha Grey (right, 12) passes the baton to Elizabeth Olusina (12) for Balmacewen Intermediate...
Samantha Grey (right, 12) passes the baton to Elizabeth Olusina (12) for Balmacewen Intermediate in the under-13 girls' relay at the Otago primary schools athletics championships at the Caledonian Ground yesterday. PHOTOS: GERARD O'BRIEN
Dunedin North Intermediate's Grayson Small (13) clears the bar during the 13-and-over boys' high...
Dunedin North Intermediate's Grayson Small (13) clears the bar during the 13-and-over boys' high jump.
Holly Rowcroft (10) leads the field down the home straight for Kaikorai Primary School in the...
Holly Rowcroft (10) leads the field down the home straight for Kaikorai Primary School in the under-11 girls' relay.
Tahuna Normal Intermediate's Samuel McCormack (12) takes off in the under-13 boys' long jump.
Tahuna Normal Intermediate's Samuel McCormack (12) takes off in the under-13 boys' long jump.
Liam Brady (11), of Outram School, competes in the boys' under-12 75m sprint.
Liam Brady (11), of Outram School, competes in the boys' under-12 75m sprint.
Henry Bowering (10), of Wanaka Primary School, in the under-11 boys' 75m sprint.
Henry Bowering (10), of Wanaka Primary School, in the under-11 boys' 75m sprint.
Poolburn Primary School's Hannah Lithgow (11) throws during the under-12 girls' shot put.
Poolburn School's Hannah Lithgow (11) throws during the under-12 girls' shot put.

There were plenty of records broken at the Otago primary school athletics championships at the Caledonian Ground yesterday.

A total of 97 schools, 179 relay teams and 839 pupils in total from all over Otago competed.

Nirvana Hepi-Breen, of Balmacewen Intermediate, broke the girls' under-13 shot put record with a put of 9.56m. She already holds records in the previous two age groups that were introduced two years ago.

Nirvana also set a record in the under-13 discus with 34.14m and she also holds the under-12 discus record .

Lucy McLellan, of The Terrace School in Alexandra, set a record of 1.44m in the under-13 girls' high jump. She won on a countback from Jessica Lake, also of The Terrace.

Olive Watherston, of Arrowtown Primary School, set a record in the girls' 13 and over age group high jump with 1.43m on countback from Caitlin McDonald Waters, of Dunedin North Intermediate, who also cleared 1.43m.

Jacob Waide, of Outram, set a under-13 boys' shot put record of 11.4m and also broke the discus record with 28.28m.

Jaxon Thomson, from Silverstream South, set a boys' under-11 discus record of 29.41m, bettering the old mark by just under 10m.

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