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Local athletes find early season form

Liam Montgomery took one second off his previous PB. PHOTO/SUPPLIED


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Wairarapa Track and Field athletes were in good form at the first of the Central League meetings in Inglewood on Saturday.

Four of the athletes set personal best [PB] times, all in the same event – the Open Men’s 400 metres.

Matthew Rodger smashed his previous best by more than seven seconds. His time of 53.29 seconds was the first time he had broken one minute for the distance.

Rodger edged Liam Montgomery whose time of 53.37 seconds was exactly one second faster than his previous PB.

Manish Narayan bettered 60 seconds for the first time, stopping the clock at 59.10 seconds.

William Larkin’s time of 1:01.50 was also a PB.

Athletics Wairarapa’s Kosta Mills showed good early season form with a second placing in the Open Men’s 800 metres. His time of 1:59.98 was 1.59 seconds slower than winner Rowan Blaikie from the Kiwi Athletic Club.

Wairarapa athletes also tasted success at the Junior Interclub at Newtown Park, Wellington on Sunday.

The best result went to Lyon Rodger, who finished first in the boys’ 13 years 80m hurdles.

He was also third in the shot put, and fourth in the long jump, high jump and 200m.

Travis Bartlett picked up second placings in the boys’ 15 years 200m and shot put, a third place in the shot put and fifth in the 100m.

Alex Clark was second in the boys’ 14 years shot put and third in the long jump.

Charlie Edge capped a busy day with second in the boys’ 10 years 800m, and sixth placings in the high jump and 100m.

Ava Edge had second placings in the girls’ 10 years 800m and high jump and had top 10 finishes in the 100m, 200m, long jump and discus.

Violet Fisher was the third in the girls’ 10 years 800m and 10th in the long jump.

Sovaia Sabutu had three podium finishes, with second in the girls’ 13 years 100m, and thirds in the 200m and long jump.

Mia Bartlett had third places in the girls’ 14 years shot put and long jump.

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