Records broken at primary school athletics event

Hot on the trail . . . Primary school athletes set the pace in the SOPSSA athletics championships at the South Otago High School grounds last month. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Primary school athletes put their best feet forward at the South Otago Primary Schools Sports Association (SOPSSA) championship event last month.

Event convener Sue Adcock said the event, which is usually held in athletics season in March, was postponed due to Covid-19, but thankfully was still held.

‘‘We had an outstanding amount of broken records this year and we’re very pleased with the results,’’ she said.

Craig Gordon of Sport Clutha said the day was ‘‘awesome’’, and was pleased young athletes were able to take part — especially Year 8’s for their last event at primary school.

Adcock said some records had to be double checked and the official confirmed records broken are below:

Grace Ollerenshaw, Rosebank. Girls section, 9 years — high jump 1.22m

Seaoga Taitai, Stirling. Boys section, 9 years — high jump 1.24m

Hugh Craig, Clutha Valley. Boys section, 11 years — high jump 1.43m

Charlotte Rishworth, Lawrence Area School. Girls section, 11 years — shotput 9.1m

Marley Leevey, Lawrence Area School. Boys section, 12 years — shotput 10.17m

Ardie Kahukura, Clinton. Boys section, 7 years — 100m sprint 15.75sec.

Rahui Valli, Rosebank. Boys section, 12 years — 100m sprint 12.80sec.

She said two standout performances were Grace Ollerenshaw, who broke Millie Fulton’s existing record of 1.12m from 2003, and Hugh Craig, who broke Brad Vanderloo’s existing record of 1.34m from 2001.

‘‘A massive congratulations to all who participated and those who broke records. A huge thanks to South Otago High School and Jeremy, their caretaker for letting us use their grounds, and thanks to all schools, parents and volunteers,’’ Gordon said.

Athletes who broke records and qualified advanced to the Southland Primary Athletic Championships and final results are yet to be released.