Avatiu settled for second place followed by Ngatangiia Matavera on third. Tupapa and Titikaveka were the other villages that took part in the annual event.
Athletics Cook Islands secretary Ruth Mave said the wet weather held participants back but they were pleased to have about 450 competing in various age groups.
Mave said they also introduced new events for under-9 Kids Athletics Programme which involved the use “of foam hurdles and throwing tennis balls instead of heavy athletics equipment”.
“In the junior 14 team events, teams of four worked together for total points in walk and run relays as well as standing, jumping and ambrosia overhead throws of akari (coconut),” Mave said.
“We are using athletics progression skills in a fun, competitive way to build them towards proper athletics event later. The mission was to promote athletics as a fun sport for all ages from ‘birth to earth’ where everyone can participate and we achieved that on Monday.”
Mave said the Kumete Sports Day also showcased the national team members who will be competing in the Oceania Championships in Townsville later this month and the Pacific Games in July.
“They were boosted by the crowd and competitive spirit that led to some of them setting personal bests in their event times which were very pleasing for coaches and selectors who were present.”
Mave said they also included a new event, race walking, which brought a lot of laughter and participation especially in the masters (mamas) category.
She said they would keep this event for next year.
“Hopefully this will encourage those who found it exhilarating to contact Athletics Cook Islands to keep training for Round Raro (10 kilometre event) in September.”