Five Track & Field Records Smashed

Katherine and Lynley after smashing the Triple Jump record

The annual whole school Athletics was held last week. The school was coloured with Red, Blue, Green and Yellow to represent the Houses the students are proud to be part of. All age groups rotated through track, field and fun events. Everyone had loads of fun and participated at the level they chose.

For two students, smashing records was the aim of the day.

Katherine Bayer (year 9) has been training hard with Lynley Russek (coach) at all track and field events, but her sights were set on jumping well in Long Jump and Triple Jump.  By morning tea she had gained 3 records but had to wait all day for her Long Jump record which she really wanted to do well in as her coach, Lynley, was the holder of that record from 1976.  Awesome work Katherine.

Kanye Rapana (year 10) gained the 200m Junior Boys record that had been held since 1973 by R McLean. His 100m sprint final was the fastest of the day but .02 sec over the current record. So close. Congratulations Kanye.

Further events are completed this Wednesday so there could still be more records falling in 2020.  Discus, Javelin, High Jump (finals), 3000m and 1500m take place for those students who wish to compete in these events.

Thames Valley Athletics will see a large team from Thames High School competing in all events in Waihi on Wednesday 4 March.

New Records

Event New Holder Distance/time Previous Holder Previous
Previous Year
100m (JG) Katherine Bayer 13.16 sec M Abraham 13.2 sec  1961
200m (JG) Katherine Bayer 27.34 sec P McFadden 28.9 sec 1976
Triple Jump (JG) Katherine Bayer 9.32 m P Leonard 8.78 m 2008
Long Jump (JG) Katherine Bayer 4.89 m L Russek 4.85 m 1976
200m (JB) Kanye Rapana 25.13 m R McLean 25.4 sec 1973