Kiwi athletes were well to the fore as international athletics made a successful return to West Auckland at the Auckland Track Challenge, held on the Douglas Track and Field at The Trusts Arena.
Among the highlights was the return to form for world champion shot putter Valerie Adams. She unleashed a shot of 18.85m, her best throw since September 2014.
“I’m not happy with it, but I am going to take it,” said Adams. “I’m pleased to be here after everything that happened in 2015 and it was better than I performed last year.” More encouragingly, she had no pain from the elbow that has put her career on hold for a year.
Commonwealth silver medallist Tom Walsh eclipsed Jacko Gill’s month old New Zealand Residents’ record with a throw of 20.91m.
In the discus Dani Samuels, the 2009 world champion, drew upon her vast reserves of experience to beat England’s Jade Lally with a 66.41m throw.
On the track, four-time national 1,500m champion Hamish Carson proved too strong for the opposition in the SOS Rehydrate men’s 1,500m, to win in a creditable 3:40.39.
Joseph Millar (Waikato BoP) confirmed his recent blistering form in the MakoXcell men’s 100m, winning in 10.54, running into a 1.7m/s headwind.
Zoe Hobbs (Taranaki) took the MakoXcell women’s 100m in a time of 11.95 and now heads for the World Junior Championships. Fiona Morrison (Canterbury) won The Trusts women’s 100m hurdles.
Otago’s Andrew Whyte won the 400m in 46.78, the fastest time this year by a New Zealander.
World University Games champion Angie Petty, won the women’s 800m by three seconds, in 2:02.32. In the same event, Wellington’s 18-year-old Allison Andrews-Paul demolished her personal best and went 4.5 seconds under the World Junior qualifying standard of 2:07.00.