The Greater Auckland Athletic Championships were held at Mt Smart Stadium in late March and was another successful competition for Grammar's elite performers. With 10 titles and 17 other podium finishes, we remain the top boys' school in the region.
The best of the juniors on show was O. D. Millington, who won the 800m in an encouraging time of 2 minutes 10 seconds. In this race V. D. Chichester finished a fine third. T. P. R. Armstrong won the triple jump, was third in the javelin and contributed to Grammar's silver medal in the relay.
Our intermediate athletes performed exceptionally well. D. T. C. Overend won the 100m, 200m and long jump treble in most convincing fashion while C. T. Evans finished just behind him in the long jump with a personal best of 6.29m.
T. J. Moloney demonstrated his class once again in taking out the high jump title with another personal best of 1.92m, while S. F. Duncan ran very well for second in the 1500m. The relay team were placed third as were L. A. Wong and S. Moala in their respective events.
In the senior grade O. T. Parkinson won the 300m Hurdles in 39.4 seconds, which is an Auckland record, with J. Shih finishing second. Both athletes medaled in the high hurdles and then contributed significantly to what was a most satisfying win in the 4x100m relay. In the field, Shih won the triple jump with J. Lu finishing second. S. E. Aruwa won the shot and S. F. T. Mau completed the quinella in this event.
The conclusion of the Greater Auckland Championships drew a penultimate close to the Auckland Secondary Schools competition.
All Grammar athletes who represented the school throughout the term can be proud of their achievements. Special thanks are given to the expert support and coaching our athletes received from Messers Jones (throws); Thom (jumps); Oates (middle distance); Wilson (sprints) and Blackwell (hurdles/relays), ensured Auckland Grammar School remains a pre-eminent athletics school in Auckland, winning 10 gold, eight silver and nine bronze medals in this competition.
At the North Island Championships in Inglewood, a number of our athletes represented Auckland over the weekend. There were a number of performances that deserve our recognition.
N. A. Sanson beat his personal best by more than a second in the junior 300m final, while T. P. R. Armstrong featured prominently in the junior triple jump where he was squeezed out of third place by 1cm with a jump of 10.79m, also a personal best for him. Armstrong earned silver in the javelin with a throw of 37.94m, after leading the competition into the final round.
S. E. Aruwa put the senior shot 15.25m to finish second, while M. J. Herman won gold in the Senior Discus, with a throw of 46.74m.
Other notable performance included T. H. McWilliams who knocked four seconds off his personal best time in the final of the senior 800m as did T. G. Richards in the senior 1500m final.
A. Lin finished a credible fifth in the senior 110m hurdles and was seventh in the javelin. J. T. and T. T. Tepai finished fifth and sixth respectively in the junior and intermediate discus.
Junior champion O. D. Millington with his gold medal after his 800m win
High Jump champion T. J. Moloney after winning the title with a personal best attempt of 1.92m
Senior Athletics champion O. T. Parkinson (centre) and Triple Jump champion J. Shih (left) on the podium