Matthew Rodger … second in 200m. PHOTO/SUPPLIED
Wairarapa athletes scored eight top-three finishes at the final Central League track and field meeting in Masterton on Sunday.
Wairarapa College student Liam Lamb was an impressive winner of the open 1500m race.
The 18-year-old’s time of four minutes, 02.31 seconds was almost two seconds faster than Jamie Barnes [Scottish Harriers] who was second.
Rathkeale’s Joseph Quinn, 16, was the other athlete to shine at the Colin Pugh Sports Bowl, throwing 51.69m in the open hammer to win by more than four metres.
Matthew Rodger continued his good form with second in the open 200m in 23.93s only 0.59s behind Paraparaumu’s Ethan Calder-Cass.
Rodger was edged out of third place in the 100m although his time of 11.77s was the same as Jack Sadler from Gisborne.
Travis Bartlett was third in his heat of the 200m in 25.39sec.
Mikael Starzynski, making his first appearance in the series, was second in the open 800m in 1.54.33, only .22s behind Whanganui’s Liam Back.
Denny Lauri had two seconds – in the open shot put where his best mark of 15.32m was 97cm behind winner Zion Trigger Faitele from Titahi Bay and in the javelin which he sent a distance of 43.73m, more than 2.5m behind the winner, Niall Clancy.
Another Wairarapa thrower, Tama Bartlett, was third in the javelin with 39.61m.
The Wairarapa A team were third, behind Mana and Hastings, in the open men’s 4x100m relay in 45.93sec.
In the teams’ competition, Wairarapa were third out of the 19 teams in the open men on 43 points, behind Paraparaumu on 64, and Hastings Athletics on 49.
The women’s team were fifth on 27 points, well behind winners Whanganui on 79.