National secondary schools athletics championships

Crash-landing . . . St Hilda's Collegiate School pupil Sarah Langsbury finished fifth in the junior girls long jump. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Dunedin athletes left their mark on the national secondary schools athletics championships at the weekend, collecting 20 medals.

The event, held at the Caledonian Ground, started on Friday and finished on Sunday.

John McGlashan College para-athlete Liam Wilson won golds in the multi-class junior long jump, 200m and 100m, and fellow pupil Shay Veitch secured gold in the senior boys long jump.

Otago Boys’ High School pupil Cameron Moffitt won the junior boys 100m and 300m hurdles and was third in the junior boys 5kg shot put, while St Hilda’s Collegiate School pupil Sarah Langsbury nabbed gold in the junior girls 80m hurdles and silver in the 300m hurdles.

Taieri College para-athlete Ben Baines won the junior boys javelin, and got silver in the junior shot put and bronze in the junior discus.

The King’s High School relay team of Ryan Kreft, Isaac Dolan, Vaiola Palu and Jay Davis won the boys 4x100m event.

Jay also picked up a bronze in the junior boys 100m hurdles.

Securing silver medals were Otago Girls’ High School pupils Jenna Thorne and Emma McKay in the senior girls 300m hurdles and junior girls triple jump, respectively, and Taieri College pupil Zharna Beattie in the senior girls discus.

Bronze medallists were: Nathan Hill, of OHBS, in the senior boys 3000m run; Nirvana Hepi-Breen, of LPHS, in the junior girls discus; and Alex Brown, of KHS, in the boys 3000m walk. Jessica Wilson takes a closer look.