Christ’s College celebrated a huge week of summer tournament sport, with plenty of impressive results. These achievements include being recognised as the 3rd best team in New Zealand junior cricket, national triathlon titles, outstanding results in track and field, superb wins at the regional surfing contest, 3rd place for College water polo players at the South Island championships, a top-four finish at the national volleyball championships, a top-five place at the New Zealand tennis championships and a 13th win in the Maadi Cup. Athletics A group of College athletes travelled to Tauranga in December for the national secondary school athletics championships. Eleven athletes competed over a range of disciplines and achieved several personal bests and top five placings. In individual events, Charlie Cameron was 3rd in senior pole vault and Jasper Moss won the AWD senior 2000m race. John Wells was 4th in senior 400m and Joseph Nash 4th in junior 200m while Alfie Baker finished 5th in senior high jump and Armani Lemalu 5th in junior discus. In relays, Matt Durant and John Wells ran in a combined 4 x 400m race with two girls from St Margaret’s College and claimed a bronze medal. Congratulations to Jasper on his national title. It was a successful weekend at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Championships for College athletes, who finished with 13 Canterbury titles, 10 2nd placings and eight 3rd placings. There were titles to PJ Palamo in U14 shot put, discus and hurdles, AJ Madondo in U15 triple jump and 100m, Armani Lemalu in U15 discus and shot put, Charlie Cameron in U19 pole vault, Marcus Hamilton in U19 discus
and hammer, Jasper Moss in U19 AWD 800m and 1500m, and the senior 4x400m relay team. Special mention to AJ Madondo who broke the U15 triple jump record set in 1979, and Armani Lemalu, who bettered the U15 discus record set in 1982. Charlie Cameron competed at the national club championships in Hastings, achieving a 2nd in the U20 pole vault competition. The next day, Charlie competed in the senior pole vault and produced a personal best of 4.33m to come 3rd in New Zealand. College athletes have taken home nine titles at the South Island Secondary School Athletics Championships at Nga¯ Puna Wai, in Christchurch. Armani Lemalu won both the U15 shot put and U15 discus, setting a remarkable 53.07m South Island record in
the discus and overshadowing the previous 51.71m record set in 2012. Marcus Hamilton also scored a double, claiming the U19 discus and U19 hammer titles. The other standouts were PJ Palamo winning the U14 shot put, AJ Madondo U15 triple jump, Hopo Leota U15 hammer, Charlie Cameron U19 pole vault, and Jasper Moss U19 800m AWD. PJ Palamo (U14 discus, U14 hammer), Rico Lemalie (U14 80m hurdles), AJ Madondo (U15 100m), Hopo Leota (U15 shot put) and Joseph Nash (U16 200m) all finished 2nd in their events. Rico Lemalie (U14 discus), PJ Palamo (U14 hammer), Matty Hickman (U15 800m), Joseph Nash (U16 100m), Sam Idiens (U19 1500m) and Jack Jones (U19 hammer) finished 3rd in the finals.
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