Athletics

By Gordon Wong

4 track events were held at the Caledonian Ground between 8 and 9am on Saturday 23rd April, 2011.  Yes, it was a slightly chilly and early start to the day, but well worth it.  The event was organised by Will Sew Hoy who was also the starter. Will actively competes on the track, but did not compete at Easter because of injury.

OSCA took all three places in the opening event, the Women’s 800m with Kirsty Young leading from start to finish followed by Jasmine Ng and Kimberley Wong.  This was followed by the Men’s Mile which was comfortably won by Jeremy Lee (Auckland), followed by Jonathon Young (OSCA).

The undoubted highlight was the Women’s 4 x 100m Relay in which Wellington were well in front at the final change, but the flying Jasmine Ng (above on the right) ran Wellington down with ease to anchor the win for OSCA.  Jasmine is only 12 years old, holds the Otago Age 12 record, is South Island Champion and would’ve been good enough to win the New Zealand title, but the championships clashed with our Easter Tournament.  How good is that?

Sadly, the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay was “unofficial” because there were only two teams competing, Wellington and OSCA.  The Wellington anchor had a decent lead at the final change and held on despite a gritty effort from bare footed Jason Wong (above on the right) to catch him.

The mile and 800m are not “official” because they are individual events, which is quite remarkable given the mile has been well supported probably since the first tournament in 1948 (unconfirmed).  Therefore the only “official” event of the meeting was the Women’s 4 x 100m Relay.
Women's 800m
800m placegetters: Kimberley Wong (3rd), Jasmine Ng (2nd), Kirsty Young (1st), Canterbury (4th)

Men's Mile
Final straight: Jeremy Lee (Auckland) wins, followed by Jonathon Young (OSCA) and another Aucklander.  Please drop us a line at oschinese@osca.org.nz if you have any info.

Women's 4 x 100m Relay
Jasmine Ng (OSCA) storms home passed  Wellington (left).  Auckland (right) were a bit further behind.

The winning OSCA relay team: Brittany Wong (2), Jasmine Ng (4), Kimberley Wong (1) and Kirsty Young (3).


Men's 4 x 100m Relay
Wellington narrowly beats OSCA.

OSCA men's relay team: Jason Wong (4), Darren Joe (3), David Tonkin (2), Hash Abou-Rabiah (1)