Senior Athletes to the fore at Canterbury Track and Field Championships

There was a good CBHS representation at the Canterbury Track and Field Championships over the weekend of 20 and 21 February. Representing their clubs, Boys’ High athletes won five Under 18 titles over the two days of competition.

Will Chunn was placed third at the end of last year at the National Schools’ Championships, and showed that he is running back into his best form again with a good win in the 100m. While the winning time of 11.45 was well off his personal best, it was a good confidence booster with the Nationals in Hastings in a week’s time (now postponed due to COVID L2).

Asher Pettengell-Brand continued a run of consistent form in the Long Jump, proving too strong for a good field. His first jump of 6.24m was good enough to stave off the opposition and he looks well capable of stepping up and performing in the senior ranks this year.

Joel Taylor turned in one of the best efforts of Boys’ High students over the weekend. Still a relative novice to the Javelin he is fast making a mark in the Under 18 ranks. His best throw of 47.52m was a personal best and the third-best nationally for his age this year. Joel will be a genuine medal chance in Hastings.

The 4th title winner was High Jumper Levi Murdoch who continues to take big bounds in this discipline. After achieving a 1.90m PB the previous week, Levi was able to add 5cm to this total, before a narrow miss as he attempted the 2m milestone. Still only 15, Levi is one of the most talented High Jumpers to come out of the school in many years.

The final title was won by hurdler Beau Brackenridge, who contested the 300m Hurdles. In one of the last events of the championship, Beau had to contend with the stiff wind that had whipped up late in the afternoon. Dominant throughout Beau was a convincing winner, as he posted a new PB of 43.21. Beau will tackle this event as well as three others in Hastings.

There were a further seven boys who competed in track and field events over the two days. There were a number of encouraging PB’s ahead of Canterbury and South Island Schools events next month.