Vili Puts A Season Best Performance

Monday, 26 March 2007

Valerie Vili was out to her best performance this season in the shot put, in Auckland on Saturday evening, with her first shot over 19m since her minor surgery on her shoulder in December. Vili had four attempts over 19 metres with her best of 19.47m coming in round one.


"Things are coming together, I am improving each time I compete and it was very satisfying having four over 19 metres," said Vili."For now I am coming out trying to throw season's bests, that's what I can achieve at the moment.

"It is exciting, knowing I haven't fully recovered as to know what I could possibly do when I am fully recovered," she added.


This latest effort comes on top of her 18.98m, at Sovereign Stadium last week and 18.84m in taking the national title in Inglewood. Vili will spend a week in Melbourne and her next competition is in Japan on 28 April.


Dallas Bowden won the John Walker junior mile at the meeting of miles. Bowden was paced through the first half in 2m 4s by Aunese Curreen, who had earlier won the senior mile in 4m 19.99s. Bowden was on his own for the remainder of the race finishing in 4m 13.28s. "It was hard doing it by myself. I will now have a week off before going into the cross country season," said Bowden. Kelsi Patterson in winning the women's mile in 4m 54.85s, set an Auckland W16 record.


In the Auckland relay championships the Bays Cougars W16 team of Becky West, Elena Hewett, Bianca Lawrie and Sophie Healey broke their own New Zealand W16 record of 3m 54.22s by two seconds. Unfortunately the timing at the start malfunctioned and their winning manual time of 3m 52.3s is unable to be accepted for a New Zealand record. The team will have another attempt at the record at Sovereign Stadium at 7pm on Tuesday evening.


Stuart Farquhar was out to 74.70m in the javelin throw.


The John Walker Lounge, a new facility at the Mt Smart Stadium athletic track, was officially opened by John Walker at the conclusion of the meeting. Walker said it was a tremendous honour to have the lounge in his name. "It should last forever. Arthur Lydiard (statue) is looking across at the pavilion keeping an eye on it for me, making sure it doesn't disappear not like the track on number one ground which was named after me," said Walker.


At Newtown Park Stadium, Wellington on Saturday national M19 800m and 1500m champion Carl McKenzie set a New Zealand M19 1000m record of 2m 22.00s, beating Tom Osborne's record of 2m 23.53s set at Papakura four years ago.


At Porritt Stadium Hamilton on Saturday Sarah McSweeney set a New Zealand W19, W18 and W17 2000m steeplechase record of 6m 42.54s, beating her record of 6m 53.02s set in winning the W16 title at the New Zealand championships in Inglewood. McSweeney also qualified for the world youth championships in the Czech Republic in July, bettering the standard set for selection of 6m 45s.


At the Azalea Trail Run 10km road race in Mobile Alabama on Saturday Michael Aish finished a creditable fifth in 28m 52s. Samuel Ndereba of Kenya won in 28m 1s.