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Track and field in the spotlights

Over the next couple of weeks, the Times-Age will profile each of the finalists for the Wairarapa Times-Age Sports Awards to help you with your selection for voting. Today it is the Junior Sports Team of the Year for primary or intermediate school-age teams.

Carterton Cobras Rugby

The Carterton U11 Cobras had an outstanding 2022, representing their town and club locally, regionally and nationally. They came from behind to win their U11s Wairarapa Bush Championship against a strong Pioneer team.

The Cobras were then unbeaten in the Wellington Festival of Rugby, which led to an invite to the Christian Cullen Sevens, where they finished
third overall. Finally, they played in the Taupo Festival of Rugby, winning four out of their five games, narrowly losing out by one try to a team from Auckland who have not lost in the previous two seasons.

Masterton Primary Schools’ Girls 4x100m Relay Team

In a fantastic result for a Masterton primary school team, the girls’ year seven team
finished runners-up at the Wellington regional athletics
day at the Colin Pugh Sports Bowl in December.

The team, representing the primary schools within Masterton, finished second behind a combined Kapiti primary school team in 59.69 seconds, finishing ahead of more illustrious teams from the
strong Wellington and Hutt Valley primary schools.

This represents a massive achievement against the best runners in the wider Wellington region.

Masterton Primary Schools’ Boys 4x100m Relay Team

Masterton Intermediate School team represented Masterton primary schools and finished second in their event at the Wellington regional athletics day at the Colin Pugh Sports
Bowl in December.

The team of Year 7 boys headed off strong Wellington teams, finishing runners-up to Lower Hutt in 57.39 seconds and ahead of the Wellington regional intermediate schools team.

This was a real achievement for the young boys to head off the more accomplished Wellington Primary Schools.

Solway College Intermediate Athletics Team

The Solway College team of 12 athletes at the Wairarapa primary interschool athletics meet produced outstanding results, given the small number of girls in the intermediate cohort.

Solway completed a clean sweep in the Year 8 200m, with Violet Fisher first, Renee Mensen second and Kaia Kenny third. It was also almost a clean sweep in the Year 8 long jump, with Solway finishing first, second and fourth.

In the 1500m, Solway runners were first, second and fourth.

There were also top placings in the Year 8 100m, Year 7 200m, discus, high jump and shot put. Both 4x100m relay teams also got on the podium, with the Year 8s a very close second and the year sevens third.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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