All eyes were on the sprinters at this year’s Inter-School Athletics event, where every 60-metre running record was broken at Shoesmith Domain on November 14.
Students, from Year 4 to Year 6 competed from Warkworth, Matakana, Snells Beach, Kaipara Flats, Ahuroa, Leigh and Horizon Schools.
Snells Beach led the charge in the 60m event, with Annika Bayer breaking the Year 5 girls record, Conor Gallagher the Year 4 boys and Juliet Crause the Year 4 girls.
Warkworth students Matthew Hay and Rawiri Haua broke the Year 5 boys and Year 6 boys records, while Ahuroa’s Mahana DeMeulemeester set a new top time in the Year 6 girls race.
Zoe Peacock was the other record- setter with the Kaipara Flats student conquering the Year 6 girls high jump event and 400m race.
Competition was strong in this year’s sprints with six records set.
Flying high in the long jump.
The top competitors on the day were Bayer and Hay, who both snapped up first place in four of the events.
Bayer proved strong on the track, taking out the 60m, 80m and 400m races, as well as the long jump event.
Hay won the 60m and 80m sprints and was top jumper, with firsts in both high jump and long jump.
Three competitors, Haua, Gallagher and Sophie Townsend, bagged first place in three events.
Haua proved too strong on the track, taking out the 60m, 80m and 400m events, while Gallagher did the same for his age group.
Warkworth student Townsend took out the Year 4 girls 80m race, high jump and long jump.
Winners of two events were Noah Penetana, DeMeulemeester and Louis Guest.
Penetana, of Warkworth School, won the Year 6 boys shotput and discus, while DeMeulemeester took out the 60m and 80m sprints.
Guest, of Matakana School, was successful in the Year 4 boys high jump and long jump.
Other winners were: Tommy D’Urban Burgess, Kaipara Flats (Year 6 boys high jump); Kauri Morrison, Snells Beach (Year 6 boys long jump); Elizabeth Tereroa, Snells Beach, (Year 6 girls discuss); Alex Murphy, Warkworth, (Year 6 girls long jump); Emma Munro, Matakana (Year 6 girls shotput); James Elder, Snells Beach (Year 5 boys 400m) Olivier Witberg, Warkworth (Year 5 boys discus); Daniel Paea, Matakana (Year 5 boys shotput); Jorja Heyns, Warkworth (Year 5 girls discus); Cleo Carmichael, Warkworth (Year 5 girls high jump); Jahlia Epiha, Snells Beach (Year 5 girls shotput); Otis Neely, Matakana (Year 4 boys discus); Alex Holland, Warkworth (Year 4 boys shotput); Chilli Jamieson, Matakana, (Year 4 girls 400m); Maiya Johns, Warkworth (Year 4 girls discus); Phebe Duffy, Warkworth (Year 4 girls shotput).