The final day of action at the National Track and Field Championships produced sprint doubles by Waikato-Bay of Plenty athletes, Joseph Millar and Abby Goldie. In the senior 200m, Millar was a class above his opposition, backing up his 100m win by powering to victory in a wind assisted 21.15. Goldie ran a quick 24.62 to also finish well clear of her rivals over 200m (Under 20). The silver medal in the race was taken by Amy Robinson in 25.18. Robinson was another final day victor taking the under 20 400 m hurdles in 62.10.
Cameron French and Michael Cochrane had a thrilling duel in the senior men's 400m hurdles, this time it was French who prevailed with a new personal best of 50.16, narrowly holding off National record holder Cochrane (50.24). Both again were narrowly outside the tough Commonwealth Games qualifying time. The only Waikato-Bay of Plenty individual winner in the field today was Mariah Ririnui who leapt 6.01 m in the senior long jump to retain her national title.
Team Golds were taken by the women's under 20 and senior women's 4 x 400 squads. The under 20 team of Amy Robinson, Jessica Bitcheno, Talia Horgan and Tarryn Davey ran 3.51.43, holding off the Hawkes Bay/Gisborne team by half a second. Camille Buscomb, Veronika Lang, Kristie Baillie and Maria Ririnui teamed up to take the senior title with 3.54.13.
Silver medalists today were Alex Wood, in the under 20 javelin (51.76), Harry Ewing in the under 18 2000m steeplechase (6.19.63), James Hunt in the under 20 400m hurdles (56.64), Ariana Lord in the under 20 1500m (4.31.76), Jacob Priddey in the under 20 1500m (3.58.08) and the senior men's 4 x 400 team.
In a high quality senior women's 1500m, Camille Buscomb took a creditable third in 4.20.51. The under 20 men's 4 x 400 team also placed third in 3.30.72. Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie was third across the line in the PARA AMB 200m (27.61) and Jacob Phillips had the third longest throw in the PARA AMB shot (8.00 m).
Full results are here