School athletics records shattered

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Good throw . . . Ariana Cross (12), of Balclutha Primary School, won the discus with a throw of 18.42m. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

JOHN.COSGROVE@cluthaleader.co.nz

A total of 335 competitors from 18 South Otago primary schools lined up last week to compete at the South Otago Primary School Sports Association annual athletics tournament.
Held at the South Otago High School grounds, the day-long tournament had many performance records broken.
The most were set by young sensation Hugh Craig, of Clutha Valley School.
Craig first took the boys’ 9-year­ old high jump record; he broke the existing record of 1.18m, set in 2017 by Harlin Puna from Warea School, with a jump of 1.22m.
Then, in the heats of the boys’ 9-year-old 100m sprint, he bested the record of 14.69sec set by Ajay Shanks, of Balclutha Primary, last year, posting a time of 14.64sec.
He then snatched the boys’ 9-year-old long jump trophy with a jump of 3.73m. Second place went to Austin Morrison, of The Catlins Area School, (3.14m) and third was Isaac Moore, of Rosebank School
(3.05m).
Association athletics administrator Catherine Korteweg said that from the event the association would select a South Otago team to compete at the Southland Primary Schools Championships in November.
Other records broken on Monday included the girls’ 7-year-old 100m sprint time; Mataara Cook (7), of Waitahuna, set a record of 17.07sec, breaking the previous record of 17.35sec set by Daley Burnside in 2011.
Ariana Cross (12), of Balclutha Primary School, won the discus with a throw of 18.42m, while second place went to Olivia Moffat
(12), also a Balclutha Primary pupil, with a throw of 17.56m. Third place went to Melania Yalewanirabe(12), of Clutha Valley School, with a throw of 17m.

High flyer . . . Hugh Craig (9), of Clutha Valley, broke three records at the South Otago Primary School Sports Association athletics tournament.
PHOTOS: JOHN COSGROVE