Records tumble at Otago school champs

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St Hilda's Collegiate's Ella Grayson in mid-air during the under-15 girls triple jump at the...
St Hilda's Collegiate's Ella Grayson in mid-air during the under-15 girls triple jump at the Otago secondary schools athletics championships on Saturday at the Caledonian Ground.
Tainui Little, of King's High School, prepares to throw the javelin during the senior boys' event...
Tainui Little, of King's High School, prepares to throw the javelin during the senior boys' event. PHOTOS: LINDA ROBERTSON

Eleven meet records fell on the summer season's last day at the Caledonian Ground on Saturday.

They came as many of the province's best teenage athletes competed at the Otago secondary schools athletics championships.

Nirvana Hepi-Breen and Cameron Moffitt both put on impressive displays in breaking two records each.

Hepi-Breen (Logan Park High School) set new marks in the under-14 girls discus and hammer.

In the discus she threw 33.37m to beat the old mark of 30.95m.

In the hammer she threw 42.10m to break the old record by more than 4m, also setting a new Otago women's 14-years record.

Moffitt (Otago Boys' High School) ran 13.63sec to take half a second of the under-16 boys 100m hurdles record.

He followed that with a 43.29sec 300m hurdles to take nearly a second off the senior boys record he set last year.

Taieri College's Zharna Beattie

threw 41.61m to break the old senior girls discus record of 37.13m and also broke the Otago women's 16-years record.

Otago Boys' Jacob Waide added over a metre to the under-14 boys shot put mark with a throw of 13.57m.

Logan Park's Zack Hibbert had a similarly impressive day in adding more than 3m to the under-15 hammer record with 43.08m.

On the track, St Hilda's Collegiate's Zara Geddes took nearly 10sec off the under-14 girls 3000m record.

She ran 10min 57.19sec, edging Columba College's Catherine Lund, who also came in well under the old record.

Otago Boys' George Hamilton's 9min 35.54sec in the under-14 boys 3000m was equally impressive, breaking the record by seven seconds.

In the under-15 girls 400m, Jordan Evans-Toba of Otago Girls' High School ran 59.26sec to break the old record of 60.88sec.

The Mount Aspiring College under-15 girls 4x100m team of Scarlett Norman, Abby Fisher, Georgie Bruce and Niamh Townsend set the only new relay record when they ran 52.01sec to break the previous record of 52.45sec.

In the para competitions Taieri College's Ben Baines set a national F38 under-17 javelin record of 29.42m.

Several sprinters went below record marks but the wind was too strong for the times to count.

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