Central Otago’s athletics season has drawn to a close, marking one of success for many youngsters.
Among them are Alexandra Athletics Club members Charlee Farquhar (8), Kahu Geary (11) and Jessica Lake (13), who recently represented Otago at the interprovincials meeting.
Jessica competed in the provincials for 12 to 13-year-olds in Christchurch, late last month, while Charlee and Kahu competed in Dunedin, for 7 to 11-year-olds.
The results were pleasing, particularly for Jessica who claimed another personal best at the high jump when she cleared 1.53m.
That feat came as a surprise to the Waitaki Girls’ High School boarder who, just two months earlier, cleared a jump of 1.51m during the school’s athletics day.
The old record was set in 1978 by Joanne Paton, who jumped 1.45m.
Despite claiming another personal best in short succession, it was not enough to gain a place on the podium.
She also competed in long jump, 100m, shotput and the medley during the interprovincials.
Earlier in the month Charlee and Kahu ventured south to Dunedin where they competed in their respective disciplines.
Charlee was placed second in discus, third in long jump, second in the relay and third in the 60m.
Kahu was second in the high jump and first in his relay event.
Although the season was now over, winter training was about to start, which would focus on core fitness, muscle and ankle strengthening, Jessica said.