Golden Smiles at Athletics Championships!

March 25, 2019 at 3:59 PM

A group of Saint Kentigern athletes will be able to look back on their time at the Auckland Secondary Schools Athletics Championships last week with golden smiles as major records were broken.

The College Junior Boys' 4 x 100m Relay team, consisting of Teare Tunui, Lachlan Wallace, TJ Paniani and Wyndham Nathan Patuawa, broke the biggest record of the day and won the overall Gold medal. With their time of 46.53, they not only broke the College record that was last broken in 2012, but also broke the Auckland Secondary Schools Athletics Championship record that has stood since 1993. This was an outstanding achievement!

The Senior Girls’ 4 x 100m Relay team of Lisa Putt, Cecilia Vatikani, Charlotte Manley and Cecile Velghe also performed well and won Gold by .01 second with a time of 49.70 which broke the College record – this is the second time in three weeks that the girls have broken this record, demonstrating their hard work and determination.

Another major record was broken by Natalia Rankin Chitar, who won Gold in the Intermediate Girls Discus with a throw of 43.19m. Natalia broke the College record in the Zones Competitions for this and then again by 10m this week. She also broke the Shot-Put record for Zones.

Other standout performances were from Cecile Velghe and Lisa Putt. Cecile won Gold in the Senior Girls Long Jump and Silver in the 200m Sprints, and Lisa won Gold in the Senior Girls Triple Jump and Bronze in the Long Jump.

Teare Tunui was awarded Silver in the Junior Boys 100m and 200m races, Maddy Clarke placed second in the Senior Girls Steeplechase and Liam McKenzie also came second in the Intermediate Boys Hurdles. Bronze awards were awarded to Jade Nomani for Junior Girls High Jump, Logan Cowie for Senior Boys 800m and the Intermediate Girls’ 4x 100m Relay team consisting of Mia Harries, Emma Pijnenburg, Jade Nomani and Caitlin McKenzie.

It was a day full of fun, smiles and massive achievements! Congratulations to our 40 athletes who qualified and competed!  

Junior Girls

Jade Nomani

3rd in High Jump


Intermediate Girls

Natalia Rankin Chitar

1st in Discuss

1st in Shot Put

Mia Harries

3rd 4 x 100m Relay

Emma Pijnenburg

3rd 4 x 100m Relay

Jade Nomani

3rd 4 x 100m Relay

Caitlin McKenzie

3rd 4 x 100m Relay


Senior Girls

Cecile Velghe

1st in Long Jump

2nd in 200m

1st in 4 x 100m Relay

Lisa Putt

1st in Triple Jump

3rd in Long Jump

1st in 4 x 100m Relay

Maddy Clarke

1st in Steeplechase

Cecilia Vatikani

1st in 4 x 100m Relay

Charlotte Manley

1st in 4 x 100m Relay


Junior Boys

Teare Tunui

1st in 4 x 100m Relay

2nd in 100m

2nd in 200m

Lachlan Wallace

1st in 4 x 100m Relay

TJ Paniani

1st in 4 x 100m Relay

Wyndham Nathan Patuawa

1st in 4 x 100m Relay


Intermediate Boys

Liam McKenzie

2nd in Hurdles


Senior Boys

Logan Cowie

3rd in 800m



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