Golden Path for Tasman athletes

Several of the country’s top junior track & field athletes took part in Saturday’s fourth annual Harold Nelson Classic at the Saxton Field Athletics Track, and their performances proved they are on a gold medal path for next month’s New Zealand Championships.
Athletics Nelson’s Jonas Kale and Marlborough’s Lucy Sheat, minor medallists in last year’s New Zealand Champs, dominated the sprints. Kale fought off Mitchell Chandler to take out the 200m in 23.99sec and returned to win the 100m by six metres in 11.30sec over exciting newcomer Alex Dawson of Marlborough.
Lucy Sheat contended with Athletics Nelson’s Amanda Fitisemanu, who dropped down to the shorter sprints from her 400m specialty. Sheat won the 200m by 10m in 25.30sec and by less than half that margin in the 100m in 12.72sec.
Richmond Athletics’ Isabel Neal won the 400m in 61.42sec, faster than what the 13-year-old ran to win the Colgate Games in Dunedin three weeks ago.
The 800m provided the biggest drama with M20 runner Josh Barry leading out senior runner Matt Lambert through 600m. Lambert swept into the lead at the end of the backstraight but couldn’t break Barry, who challenged his older rival on the homestretch. Lambert held him off to win by two metres in 1min55.52sec. Barry ran 1min55.79sec, missing his personal best by a one-tenth of a second.
Barry returned an hour later to pace the first 1000m of the mile. Only Nelson’s Jared Lautenslager went with him, driving through the kilometre in 2min47sec and on to the finish line in a 16-second personal best of 4min26.96sec. William Wallace closed hard for second in 4min33.71sec.
Jess Martin finished fifth overall in the mixed race and scared the five minute mark with her winning women’s time of 5min4.26sec. Bridie Edwards was the second women’s finisher in 5min19.87sec.
Kai Mason won all three of his throws competitions and all close to his personal bests. He started with 43.67m in the javelin and followed with 43.74m in the discus and 13.56m in the shot put. He also finished fourth in the 100m in 12.31sec.

Nelson’s Katie Thompson, last year’s NZ Youth women’s runner-up in the long jump, captured her event in 5.03m. Megan Stack of Richmond won the women’s high jump with 1.51m and Jacob Bryan of Motueka won the men’s high jump with 1.57m.
Track and field competitors will participate next in the Athletics Nelson Twilight Series Meet on Friday. The meet will be held at Memorial Park in Motueka, as the Saxton track will be closed from mid-week for World Cup Cricket.

100m – Women: Lucy Sheat, 12.72sec, 1; Amanda Fitisemanu, 13.01sec, 2; Grace Fissenden, 13.34sec, 3. (Wind: 0.0) Men: Jonas Kale, 11.30sec, 1; Alex Dawson, 11.99sec, 2; Mitchell Chandler, 12.15sec, 3. (-0.4)
200m – Women: (Heat 1) Isabel Neal, 26.89sec, 1; Samantha Fissendon, 28.20,2; Camryn Smart, 28.91sec, 3. (+0.6). (Heat 2) Lucy Sheat, 25.30sec, 1; Amanda Fitisemanu, 26.38sec, 2; Amber Sixtus, 29.07sec, 3. (0.0).  Men: Jonas Kale, 23.99sec, 1; 2; Mitchell Chandler, 26.06sec, 2; Tyler Walbron, 26.06m, 3. (+0.7)
400m – Women: Isabel Neal, 61.42sec, 1; Bonita Morrissey-Smith, 63.82sec, 2; Kelsey Barrett, 66.21sec, 3.
800m – Men: Matt Lambert, 1min55.52sec, 1; Josh Barry, 1min55.79sec, 2; Jacob Bryan, 2min18.99sec, 3.
Mile – Women: Jess Martin, 5min4.26sec, 1; Bridie Edwards, 5min19.87sec, 2; Hunta Sutherland, 5min39.63sec, 3. Men: Jared Lautenslager, 4min26.96sec, 1; William Wallace, 4min33.71sec, 2; Angus Wemyss, 4min56.34sec, 3.
Long Jump – Women: Katie Thompson, 5.03m, 1; (0.0) Tayler Boeyen, 4.74m, 2; (0.0) Grace Fissendon, 4.72, 3. (-0.1)
Javelin – Men: Kai Mason, 43.67m, 1.
Discus – Women: (1kg) Tayler Boeyen, 30.29m. 1; Camryn Smart, 21.07, 2. Men: (1.75kg) Kai Mason, 43.24m, 1. (1.25kg) Philip Jordan, 34.45m, 1; Riley Boeyen, 30.48m, 2. (1kg) Joe Ford, 38.06m, 1.
Shot Put – Men: (6kg) Kai Mason, 13.56m, 1; (5kg) Riley Boeyen, 8.64m, 2; (4kg) 10.01m, 1.
High Jump – Women: Megan Stack, 1.51m, 1; Grace Fissenden, 1.35m, 2. Men: Jacob Bryan, 1.57m, 1.