Head Coach Greg Lautenslager heading back to Texas

Greg Lautenslager, arguably the most successful sports coach in Nelson this century, is returning to his home state of Texas after a 20-year stint that saw him lead a slew of teams and individuals to New Zealand titles. Lautenslager has been named the head coach of cross country and track at

Mia’s smashing run gives coach his 300th medal

Mia Cain-Townley stood cold, muddy, and wet in the finish chute after her 3km Year 9 race at Saturday's (June 19) race at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Hawera. The only person other than herself and her family as overjoyed with her silver medal performance was

Academy Runners Back on Podium at NZ Cross Country

National Academy of Distance Running athletes found themselves back on the podium last Saturday at the New Zealand Cross Country Challenge in Dunedin. The four Academy athletes, representing Tasman, finished second in the M18 6km race at the Chisolm Links Golf Course. Matt Bowen finished sixth place in 21:36, Josh Gill

PM’s decision leads to success for Academy runners at Tasman Champs

Thanks to Jacinda Ardern, the National of Academy of Distance Running members were able to take part in Saturday's Tasman Centre Cross Country Championships at Rabbit Island. And they took full advantage of the opportunity. The evening before the race, the New Zealand Prime Minister announced that the Covid 19 alert

Smashing start to season at Coach Slammer’s Cross Country Challenge

Cross Country season opened in smashing fashion at Saturday’s Coach Slammer’s Cross Country Challenge. The largest number of participants in the meet’s history competed over the 2K and 4K courses used as a trial for the 2021 New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships. Volunteers from the National Academy of

Cross Country season finally makes debut after long wait

The long anticipated cross country season, delayed because of the dreaded Covid 19, finally gets underway Saturday. The 18th Annual Coach Slammer’s Cross Country Challenge will be held at Saxton Field on a course that is being considered for the 2021 New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships.   The 2K, for girls

Eric Verstappen strolled through life and made everyone his friend

This is my tribute to Eric Verstappen, the longtime Athletics Nelson president and National Academy of Distance Running board member who died Feb. 8 from a heart attack after walking the St. James Walkway with his sister... Eric Verstappen didn’t just run and walk on this Earth. He strolled. He strolled his

Reeling in leaders was music to the ears of Harry Dixon

The last time Harry Dixon raced at the Saxton Field Athletics Track, about 10 years ago, he had a plane to catch. On his return to Saxton on Wednesday for the distance medley relay at the Athletics Nelson Twilight Series Meet, he had runners to catch. Dixon’s last race was a

Sir Peter Snell was more than a runner to Academy Coach

By Greg Lautenslager, Coach/Director of the National Academy of Distance Running Most people will remember Sir Peter Snell for his historic bursts down the homestretch in Rome and Tokyo and his world record runs in Wanganui, Christchurch, and Auckland. I will remember him from the day I sat on his back porch

Windy – and Rainy – Welly slows Academy athletes but doesn’t stop them

Winds gusting so hard a metal pole vault container flew over an infield fence. Rain pelting so furiously that puddles formed on the track within seconds. Lightning striking so loud that hotel guests were awoken in the night. That is the atmosphere in which athletes competed at the weekend’s New Zealand