The Auckland Athletics Championships were held before internal examinations in wet conditions at the start of the day making track and field events at Mt Smart challenging for all athletes. Grammar athletes earned a total of 18 medals (three gold, eight silver and seven bronze), with a further seven athletes close behind in fourth place.
In the junior grade, Form 3 student C. P. Wagener secured the silver medal in the 3000m, with a further improvement in his time of 9:54.90s, and he also finished a creditable fourth in the 1500m. Form 3 student C. G. Howlett won silver in the 300m hurdles with fellow classmate R. M. Kelso-Heap not far behind in third place.
Intermediate athlete Q. R. Gardiner-Hall began the day well, winning the Intermediate 3000m walk. Form 5 student J. E. M. Park ran with determination down the home straight in the 800m to take bronze in a personal best time, 2:03.47s. Form 5 student J. A. Mora also crossed the line in third place in the 3000m with a personal best of 9:02.14s.
The highlight of the day in the intermediate grade was the gold medal performance of the 4x100m relay team. Form 4 students E. T. Akampa and J. A. Thomson, and Form 5 students C. S. Brown and K. J. Williamson-Yates ran well and executed precision changes to take line honours.
Competition in the senior grade was particularly strong. In the field, Form 7 student J. T. Tepai collected a silver medal double in the shot put and discus. While he was expected to medal in the discus, with some focused training since the Zone competition, Tepai surprised the field, throwing 14.07m in the shot put, adding 2m to his personal best.
Individual bronze medals went to Form 6 student E. J. Botha in the Javelin, Form 7 student J. V. H. Naufahu in the 200m and Form 6 student E. W. Chaytor in the 400m. Senior Prefect J. W. Tohaia's time of 8:56.39s in the 3000m was his best for the year and saw him finish second.
Senior Prefect R. O. Williams featured strongly on the track. After a slow start in the blue ribbon 100m, Williams finished strongly in second place, recording 11.28s into a 1.3m head wind. Williams remained focused to win 110m high hurdles, to maintain his unbeaten record in any hurdles race at the Auckland Championships, since his first competition event in Form 4. Williams also combined with Naufahu, Captain of Athletics S. M. Sutherland and Chaytor in the 4x100m relay and in a great race were narrowly beaten into second place by 8/100ths of a second.
The Open 4x400m relay team, comprising Chaytor and Naufahu with Form 5 student N. P. Boness and Form 7 student O. D. Millington, were also pipped on the line into second place by 4/100ths of a second, while the B team took out the final bronze medal of the day.
The gold medal winners crossed stage earlier this week to receive the School's congratulations: Q. R. Gardiner-Hall for the Intermediate 3000m Walk, E. T. Akampa for the Intermediate 4x100m relay and R. O. Williams for the Senior 110m High Hurdles.