Veitch sets Otago record on comeback

Shay Veitch
Shay Veitch
Shay Veitch has propelled himself further up the list of New Zealand’s greatest longjumpers.

The Ariki athlete returned from a foot strain to jump an Otago record of 7.80m in his first competition of the summer.

It also gave him victory at the Rhythm and Jumps meeting in Christchurch, edging fellow Otago star Felix McDonald on Friday night.

It was the first time a New Zealander had beaten 7.80m since 1998.

It also lifted him to sixth on the country’s all-time rankings.

Veitch (20) entered the season with an Otago record-equalling wind-legal personal best of 7.71m, which he jumped at last summer’s national championships.

He also managed a wind-assisted 7.78m that day to win his first national title.

On Saturday, he followed up with a 10.84sec run in the 100m, also in Christchurch.

Meanwhile, at the Caledonian Ground on Saturday, Keira McNeill (Hill City University) showed her potential with wins in all three jumps.

She cleared 1.53m in the high jump and leapt 10.18m in the triple jump.

In the long jump, she shared the win with Taieri’s Joccoaa Palmer, clearing 4.95m.

Mate Poduje (HCU) had the most impressive men’s jumping result.

He cleared 1.85m in the high jump, continuing an impressive season, a week after jumping 1.95m.

Poduje also showed his ability in the field, throwing 46.07m to win the javelin.

On the track, Schuyler Orr (North Otago) won the men’s 100m in 11.45sec, while Fiona Centers won the women’s race in 12.76sec.

Hadlee Edmunds (Caversham) won the 200m in 23.44sec, while Centers completed the women’s double in 25.96sec.

In the 800m, Billie Crowe (Aspiring) ran 2min 20.41sec to win the women’s race, while Jedidiah Thompson-Fawcett (HCU) won a tight race with Josh Hou (HCU) in 1min 56.8

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