‘Fantastic house spirit’, top performances on athletics day

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The sun was shining and the competition was fierce at Waitaki Girls’ athletics day yesterday.

About 400 girls competed in a variety of events, from the track and field classics to hurdles and high jump, at Whitestone Contracting Stadium.

Waitaki Girls’ High School sports co-ordinator Jan Meikle said some of the students had excelled on the day.

Jennifer O’Connell had done well in the senior high jump, Brooke Smith had excelled in the junior 400m and 100m and Jasmine Ng had performed well in the intermediate 100m, Meikle said.

“There’s been some really good performances.”

Viv Hay, the teacher in charge of athletics, said the girls could not have asked for a more beautiful day.

“We’ve got a nice, fine day . . . what more could you want,” she said.

Meikle said there was fantastic house spirit on display and about 50 girls, the first and second place-getters of the day, would go on to compete at the Aoraki Secondary Schools Athletics Championships

“They’re looking forward to it,” she said.

By DAVID DE LOREAN

PHOTO: Waitaki Girls’ students Cheyenne Isherwood (left) and Amelia Maynard compete in the hurdles yesterday during Waitaki Girls’ athletics – DAVID DE LOREAN