Xavier Edmonds-Cooper leaps into first place in the long jump.
Rodney College students travelled to the big smoke last month and gave their Auckland peers a show of northern athleticism.
At the time, Rodney was in level 2 and was unable to attend the Northland Secondary Schools Athletics competition.
Instead, the college was invited to compete as part of the North Harbour athletics zone at the Auckland College Sport competition.
Rodney’s Xavier Edmonds-Cooper won the IB Long Jump at 5.56 metres and came second in the shotput with 12.24 metres.
It qualified him to compete in both events at the North Island Secondary School Championships at Porritt Stadium in Hamilton this month.
Toby Henderson came third in both the 200-metre and 400-metre sprint, with times of 23.87 seconds and 58.84 seconds respectively.
Both students have had a great athletics season. At Rodney College’s athletics day, Edmonds-Cooper broke the school shotput record with a 12.04 metre toss.
Henderson set the record for the 200-metre sprint with a time of 23.75 seconds.
Rosa Ewing also broke the school record for the senior girls’ 50 metre backstroke with a time of 36.81 seconds – beating her record from last year of 37.78 seconds.
Other Rodney students doing well include Ethan Skelling, who competed at the Special Olympics in
Whangarei this month. He placed second in the 100-metre and 400-metre sprint, and fourth in the 200-metre.
Meanwhile, Jackson Brierly and Jesse Manuell were selected to attend the McDonald Northland Rugby for Life youth leadership voyage aboard the R Tucker Thompson schooner.
Brierly was nominated by Northland Rugby Referees, while Manuell was nominated by Northland Rugby Association. They set sail this month from Opua in the Bay of Islands.