Macleans College is known for its strong and competitive Athletics team and this year has been no exception, with 20 first placings at the Eastern Zone competition, followed by another 11 placings at the Greater Auckland Championships.
A team of students selected from the school Finals Day held at Lloyd Elsmore Park represented Macleans on March 7 at the Eastern Zone competition. From that event, many went on to compete at the Auckland Secondary Schools Championships. The Junior Boys 3000m and 1500m races were taken out by Nicholas Cowley-Andrea and Nick Burke respectively. Ricky Xu won the Intermediate Boys Javelin, while Julian Abraham took the title for the Senior Boys Javelin competition. Chloe Venter, Leo Roper, Austen Heuvel, Flynn Palmer, Charlotte Smaill and Rosie Hubbard all came out near the top of the Auckland competition, receiving second and third places in their events.
The day concluded with the highly anticipated 4x100m relay races, in which the Intermediate Girls team displayed a great amount of determination, finishing in third place. Other relay teams fought hard and had all managed to place in the top three at the previous Eastern Zone event.
Students have been well supported this year with specialist coaching in endurance and technique, organised by Athletics Coordinator, Mr Powell. This development of the Athletics Squad was reflected in the performance of athletes at these interschool events, many of whom will go on to represent Macleans at National level.
Best of luck to those who are selected to go on and compete at the North Island and National Secondary School Championships later this year.
By Annaliese Wheeler. Edited by Saffron Huang.