`Fantastic haul’ of medals earned


North Otago athletes produced some extremely good performances at the Otago championships in Dunedin at the weekend.
At senior level, sprinter Schuyler Orr scorched to victory in the senior men’s 200m and was second in the 100m and under-20 200m, while the juniors won 14 Otago titles and had 17 runner-up finishes and 11 third placings.
Coaches and supporters were delighted with the efforts of the youngsters in gold singlets and their “fantastic haul” of medals, spokesman Jeff Spillane said.
Of the sprint events with heats, 58 final placings were achieved, and in the boys 9 finals for 60m, 80m and 100m, four of the eight lanes had North Otago athletes in them.
“Even these figures don’t really tell how much of an impression the team made on the championship,” Spillane said.
“There were many close fourths and fifths in addition to the fellow North Otago athletes who placed in the same event.”Among the outstanding North Otago performers were Michael Woodhouse, Molly Backhouse, Morgan Baillie, Jacob Robinson and Neve Mavor.
Woodhouse (7 boys) won five titles _ the 60m, 100m, 200m, shot put and long jump _ and was second in the 80m and third in discus.
Backhouse (8 girls) claimed gold medals in the 60m, 80m 100m and 200m, and was part of a strong relay team alongside Mavor, Mia Robinson and Jada Rose Keno that placed second in the 8 girls grade.
Baillie (9 boys) won the shot put and discus, Jacob Robinson (9 boys) won the 80m and grabbed silver in the 100m, discus and long jump, and Mavor (7 girls) completed a perfect set of silver with five second placings _ 60m, 80m, 100m, 200m and long jump.
Other individual medallists were: Jack Nicol (8 boys, silver 200m, bronze 60m, 80m and 100m), Toby Hunt (8 boys, silver discus and long jump), Max Fatafehi (9 boys, bronze 60m, 80m, 100m and long jump), Sebastian Spillane (9 boys, bronze 200m 3rd), Lachie Mavor (10 boys, bronze 400m) and Matthew Gough (11 boys, silver 200m, 800m and 1500m).
The 8 boys (Michael Woodhouse, Toby Hunt, Lewis Gough and Jack Nicol) and 9 boys (Sebastian Spillane, Jacob Robinson, Freddie Backhouse and Max Fatafehi) won relay titles, while the 10 boys (Matthew Woodhouse, Hotilli Asi, Max Fatafehi and Lachie Mavor) won silver and the 10 girls (Mia Hunt, Grace Keno, Jada Rose Keno and Molly Backhouse) claimed bronze.

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