McKinnon Shield Meeting #5
McKinnon Shield Meeting #5, Yvette Williams Track Pakuranga and AUT Millennium Stadium North Shore – 3 December 2022
Tommy Te Puni sliced nearly two seconds off his best 400m with an impressive 47.52 clocking. He was quick out the blocks and held it well down the back straight before having to fight hard in the home straight into a steady headwind. However, the latest performance by the 20-year-old national junior sprint champion in 2020 and 2021 does not signal a switch to the longer distance this season.
“Maybe, but I don’t know if I’m ready for that right now,” said Te Puni.
“Maybe in a couple of years I’ll get into them.”
He was pleased with the race as it shows that he is capable of faster and a 200m PB is not too far away.
“I got out pretty well, I took it a bit easy I think to the 200m as I probably could have squeezed a few extra tenths out there coming around to the main straight. But I’m pretty happy with it.
“It’s a good spot to be in as the fastest this season, but I’ve still got a lot of work to do, so I’m looking forward to it.”
James Ford was second in 48.95, followed in by Thomas Cowan 49.77 and Stephen Thorpe 50.72, all three personal bests.
Te Puni had earlier finished second to Joseph Millar over 60m in 7.12 to Millar’s 6.97 -3.9. Millar also won the 100m in 11.06 -2.2.
Personal bests in the 1500m to Cameron Maunder 3:55.85 and Angus Monro 3:57.52.
Livvy Wilson won the sprint double 60m 7.63 -3.0 and 100m 12.06 -2.9. Symone Tafunai was second in both 7.96 and 12.60. Kate Borton 400m 57.77, Imogen Barlow 59.27. Brigid Dennehy 1500m 4:32.34, Niamh de Hora 4:34.25 PB, Bella Earl 4:37.36 PB. Georgia Lynch 2000m steeplechase .762 7:42.90 PB.
Scott Thomson TJ 13.95m -1.8, Dominic Overend 12.44m -1.1. James Steyn PV 5.20m, Ettiene Du Preez 4.80m, Charlie Cameron 4.60m PB. Hannah Adye PV 3.80m PB, Jessica Strick 3.25m, Lilli Bing 3.25m, Talaya Vorster 3.25m PB. Savannah Scheen DT 48.36m, Suzannah Kennelly 45.05m, Karmen-Elizabeth Maritz 45.01m. Briana Stephenson 4kg SP 10.53m PB. Percy Maka 1.5kg DT 56.42m PB. Ethan Phillips 2kg DT 38.96m PB. Jirah Esekia 5kg SP 13.13m PB.
Sionann Murphy F37 3kg SP 8.45m, DT 24.51m Para Athlete records, 60m 10.16 -3.0, 100m 17.60 -4.2. Corran Hanning F12 6kg SP 12.99m, 1.75kg DT 39.93m PB Para Athlete record.