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Monday 14 November 2011 | Published in Regional


A small but enthusiastic group of masters athletes ran, jumped and threw their way to improved performances at the BCI Stadium last Wednesday.

The group joined secondary schools athletes for the fortnightly athletics meet to polish up their skills ahead of the Oceania Masters Championships to be held in early February in Tauranga, New Zealand.

The Tauranga meet, to be held from February 5 to 12, will attract some 400 masters athletes from across Oceania for a week of competition.

Masters athletics organiser David Lobb says that although only five athletes turned out for the meet at the BCI Stadium he reckons a group of 12 will represent the country at the Tauranga meet.

He adds that there were some fantastic performances by the five masters athletes who will certainly be in the running for medals at the New Zealand gathering of masters athletes.

The next meet for masters athletes is on Wednesday, November 23.

This event is open to everyone to have a go and try out the variety of track and field events on offer.

Below are the results for both the secondary school and masters athletes that competed at the meet last week.

Results: 100m Harry Ivaiti (junior men) 12.0, Ruirua David (junior men) 12.7, Luke Tukaroa (junior men) 12.9, Teiti Tupuna (junior women) 13.6, 800m Luke Tukaroa (junior men) 02:34.7, Steve Plowman (master men 55+) 02:36.3, Beatrice Rongo (junior women) 02:43.0, Ruirua David (junior men) 02:46.7, Kevin Henderson (master men 55+) 02:49.5, Teiti Tupuna (junior women) 02:54.7, David Lobb (master men 60+) 03:08.7, Shot Put Jolyn Iro (junior women) 11.40, John Teiti (master men 50+) 8.85, Robert Graham (master men 40+) 8.69, Tamarua Herman (master men 65+) 7.85, Kevin Henderson (master men 55+) 7.25, Terai Hill (master women 60+) 6.17, Javelin Daniel Tutai (junior men) 50.06, John Teiti (master men 50+) 31.23, Tamarua Herman (master men 65+) 28.59, Robert Graham (master men 40+) 22.92, Kevin Henderson (master men 55+) 20.39, Terai Hill (master women 60+) 17.55, Long Jump Ruirua David (junior men) 5.85, Teiti Tupuna (junior women) 4.55, David Lobb (master men 60+) 4.11, Kevin Henderson (master men 55+) 3.84.