Veitch shines in both track and field events

Shay Veitch has shown his versatility both on track and field.

The Ariki athlete claimed the senior men’s title at the South Island combined events championships over the weekend at the Caledonian Ground.

His 6540 points left him 800 ahead of nearest rival Jared Neighbours, from Christchurch’s Old Boys United.

It was on day one he delivered his best points totals, predictably excelling in the 100m, 400m and long jump.

That opened a gap of over 1000 points, which the rest of the field could not reel in.

Meanwhile Cameron Moffitt’s 6492 beat Cole Gibbons in the under-18 grade, while Rico Fisher edged Millar McElrea to claim the under-16 octathlon title.

In the senior women’s heptathlon, South Canterbury’s Christina Ryan won the title, being the only competitor to finish.

Maddie Wilson, Sarah Langsbury and Jorja Gibbons were the only competitors in each of their grades to take the under-20, under-18 and under-16 titles respectively.

A regular meeting ran alongside the championships.

New Zealand high jump record holder Hamish Kerr delivered the standout performance of the day.

The Old Boys United jumper cleared 2.16m to set a new Caledonian Ground record.

He was followed by fellow Old Boys United jumper Marcus Wolton, who also jumped a highly impressive 2.07m.

Dylan Forde, also of Old Boys United, delivered the pick of the track performances in the 800m.

He finished in 1min 56.30sec, beating Hill City University’s Josh Hou by just over a second.

Hill City University’s Rosie Elliott ran a handy time of 11.76sec in the 100m.


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