Tereora College athletes broke a number of long-standing records from as far back as 1970, at the school’s annual Anau Sports event held last Friday at the National Stadium.
Estelle Short set a new record in both the 100 metres and 200m intermediate races.
Short broke the 100m in the heats and then in the final with 12.4 seconds run. The previous record was set in 2002 by Margaret Teiti.
She then went on to run a 27.5s in the 200m, breaking a record held since 1999 by M Marsters.
Her commitment to off the track training with coach Michael Tolosa and on the track with the development squad has reaped her rewards.
The 400m intermediate boy’s college record set in 1970 by T Nooapii, was smashed by Daniel Tolosa by two seconds with a sizzling time of 53.20s.
He also set personal best in the 200m and won the intermediate boys 100m, 200m and 400m finals. Daniel is being coached by Michael Angelo Tolosa.
Intermediate female athlete Manea Ave broke the 1500m record previously held by Lily Ngaata. Ngaata set the old record in 1985.
Manea has benefited from training under Olympian Alex Beddoes. She trains three afternoons a week, for the past two months. Manea is also part of the Kayak squad training crew under coach Roly Rolleston.
Manea’s mum Carly Ave said: “Beddoes has really inspired her and she managed to shave 50 seconds off her personal best time from the last track and field event”.
Another long-distance record was broken in the intermediate girls 800m race with Jade Tierney setting a new time in a closely contested battle with Manea. The previous record was set by K Teava in 1979.
Eleanor Wichman claimed first place in the 400m heats, just one second away from the record time. Her speed, endurance and form were on display in the excellent race. She also placed in the top three in the finals of the 100m, 200m intermediate girl’s races.
Tereora College principal Tania Morgan said the athletic day was fantastic.
“This is our annual Anau athletics event where students are able to compete against each other in an atmosphere where there is team rivalry. From this, students have the opportunity to be selected for the Youth National Athletic Championships, which is held at a later date,” said Morgan.
Athletics Cook Islands is pleased with the results. The association anticipates another strong day of results this Friday at the National Youth Athletics Championship.
Athletics Cook Islands president Erin Tierney-Quirke is also impressed with the commitment of the development squad athletes.
“A big part of their success is the coaching and mentorship of our fantastic coaches, Boaz Raela, Michael Tolosa as well as Alex Beddoes and Ruth Mave from the athletics development programme. But also, Thomas Henderson who continues to provide support from New Zealand,” Tierney-Quirke said.
“They have trained and supported each other throughout the year and the challenges of Covid-19. These are athletes that are very focused and determined to continue to improve.”
The championship will provide an opportunity for athletes who are vying for a place in the national team to compete at the Secondary School Athletics Championships in New Zealand in December.
With the event into its third year, Tierney-Quirke said she was once again looking forward to another great day.
“This is a real opportunity for all of us to connect and focus on our love of athletics and our desire as humans to be together and support our young people in pursuit of their goals.
“It really does take a whole community to raise a child and I’m blessed that we are able to be a small part of these young people’s journey.”
The national development team will be on the lookout for talent while running the event.
The events team are still looking for individuals who would like to volunteer to meet at the National Stadium at 8am on Friday, and get in touch with Athletics Cook Islands via their Facebook page.