Auckland Track and Field Championships, Yvette Williams Track Pakuranga – 4/5 February 2023
James Ford followed up a win in Wellington on Friday over 800m with the Auckland senior 400m title the next day in a PB 48.37.
He was straight out to the airport on Friday and on the 8pm flight back to Auckland.
“I got home about 10pm and woke up and headed straight out to Pakuranga for the 400m this morning,”
Ford pegged back Fergus McLeay in the home straight to win by six hundredths of a second.
“I went into the Capital Classic 800m to try and win and I was pretty stoked with that and I got a PB today, so pretty happy,” said Ford.
“I’m in good shape, I felt pretty decent after the 800m so I thought I’d be able to bang out good 400m today which I did.
“I’ll try and run a faster 800m at the Porritt Classic.”
Seventeen year old Ford is the national under 18 800m/1500m champion and New Zealand secondary schools senior 400m/800m champion.
Briana Stephenson who will debut in the heptathlon at the national championships in Whanganui on February 25/26, competed in three events, the long jump 5.65m, the high jump 1.70m and the 800m 2:26.33.
“So far so good in competing in all the events, jumping sprinting and running seem to be okay we just need to pull together the throws and the hurdles is a bit different as well. So we’ll see how it goes,” said Stephenson the 2020 New Zealand long jump champion.
Stella Pearless led from start to finish for the senior women’s 800m title in 2:09.44.
The former national junior champion who has lowered her personal best to 2:08.23 and 2:06.02 within the last month was hoping to run a bit quicker.
“It would have been nicer obviously not have it so windy so I could have had more of a time trial. So 2:09 in those conditions is not that bad.
“I’m just happy to be back racing again, as I’ve had so many injuries so it’s nice to be injury free,” she said.
Pearless will aim for the 800m and the 400m at the nationals.
Loan Ville, 19 year old French under 20 400m hurdles champion improved on her best 400m of 56.47 to a fresh PB of 55.35.
Ho Young Do added a centimetre to his New Zealand masters M60 high jump record clearing 1.56m.
4 February: Symone Tafunai 100m 12.49 -1.4, Ellen Carter 12.64. Loan Ville (New Caledonia France) 400m 55.35 PB. Briana Stephenson LJ 5.65m +2.2. Tatiana Kaumoana DT 51.24m, Savannah Scheen 48.02m. Anna Steven T64 Para Athlete 100m 15.33 -3.5. Sienna Todd U/14 LJ 4.55m +2.8, 3kg SP 11.45m, DT 32.11m. Suzie Kennelly U/18 DT 45.42m, 3kg SP 14.47m, Kate Hallie DT 40.09m. Karmen-Elizabeth Maritz 3kg SP 14.19m PB.
Fergus McLeay 100m 11.13 -1.0, Troy Middleton 11.29, George Kozlov 11.53. James Ford 400m 48.37 PB, McLeay 48.43, Lex Revell-Lewis 49.13. James Trathen 400m 50.63 PB. Jack Paine 1500m 3:55.90, James Reid 4:00.25 PB.
Imogen Barlow 1500m 4:43.41, Sascha Letica 4:43.58 PB, Scarlett Robb 4:46.83 PB, Indie Williams 4:46.98 PB.
Brendon Barnett LJ 7.16m +3.3, Lewis Arthur 7.05m +2.6. Ethan Phillips 2kg DT 36.06m.
Para Athlete Joe Smith T37 100m 12.76 -3.0, Mitch Joynt T64 12.71. Jaden Movold wheelchair U/20 100m 18.89 -3.0.
5 February: Alexandra Hyland HJ 1.76m, Briana Stephenson 1.70m, Megan Cox 1.50m. Elena Edgar-Nemec TJ 11.51m +3.3, Jayne Iwunze 11.31m +2.6. Ellen Carter 200m 25.74 -2.6. Stella Pearless 800m 2:09.44, Niamh de Hora 2:16.75, Briana Stephenson 2:26.33. Anna Steven T64 100m 30.64 -4.3. Emilia Goldsmith 200m 26.29 -3.4, Sienna Moyle 200m 26.58. Imogen Barlow 800m 2:18.43, Nina Chalmers 2:21.18. Sascha Letica 800m 2:18.58, Jodie Nash 2:20.13 PB, Amy Shennan 2:20.87. Lucy Shennan 800m 2:16.53.
Fergus McLeay 200m 22.02 -3.4, Troy Middleton 22.14. Jack Paine 800m 1:55.22, Thomas Cowan 1:58.35. Mitch Joynt T64 200m 24.25 -2.4. Ben Ward 200m 22.72 -3.8, Kadin Taylor 22.82. U/18 800m James Trathen 1:56.93, Charlie Richardson 2:00.11, Jack Erikson 2:00.24. U/16 TJ Lauren Barrett-Hamilton 10.00m +3.0. Riley Couillault HJ 1.55m, Avah Sila 1.55m, Sophie Sones 1.55m. Jayden Williamson HJ 2.00m, his first competition since March last year, Rāfe Couillault 1.95m, Tom Moloney 1.85m. Scott Thomson TJ 14.35m +4.2, Dominic Overend 13.49m +3.8 also 11.97m +1.6. Sam Burton HJ 1.85m, Ben Blundell 1.80m. Kaelan Paranihi HJ 1.90m, TJ 12.78m +2.8.
Also in Auckland on 4 February at the North Shore Summer Trials, Nathan Buckley 800g JT 61.72m PB. Jasmine He Ling 3kg HT 44.25m, 4kg HT 38.99m. Anne Goulter 4kg HT 31.99m.