Blue Mountain College athletes got a good handle on the javelin at the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics recently.
The school sent seven athletes to the championships in Dunedin, where they picked up four medals from javelin events and five medals overall.
Rachael Kummer (16), Hollie Kelly (16), Mikairi Beauchamp-Moore (14) and Caleb Stuart (13) picked up the medals in their sections.
Rachael managed to gather two bronze medals. Her first, in the under-19 500g javelin, came from a 29m throw. She also picked up bronze in the under-19 high jump, reaching 1.56m.
In the javelin she was beaten by Hollie, who collected a silver medal in the section with a 32.90m throw.
Mikairi also got silver, in the under-15 500g girls section, with a whopping 32.98m throw.
Caleb picked up a bronze medal in his under-14 600g section with a 32.85m throw.
School principal Lindy Cavanagh-Monaghan said it was a great medal haul for the school of 230.
“We are absolutely stoked with the level our athletes have achieved with so many podium finishes and personal-best performances,” Mrs Cavanagh-Monaghan said.
The pupils had been well acknowledged for their efforts at an assembly and in the school newsletter.
“Our head of PE, Anna Stiven, has been working with them as part of our athletics programme on technique,” she said.
The pupils’ achievements was particularly pleasing considering conditions were less than favourable for the throwing events, she said.
Blue Mountain College was the only school in the area to bring home medals from the championships.
However, there were many athletes in the area who achieved great results.
Gore High School sent nine competitors to the event.
Its top performer was Hayden Michaels (14), who was fourth in the under-15 700g javelin throw.
Northern Southland College sent two athletes. Zachary Leitze (15) achieved fourth in the under-16 boys high jump with a jump of 1.70m.
St Peter’s College’s sole representative, Freya Bools (15), was fourth in the under-16 girls 3000m run with a time of 11min 41sec.
Menzies sent along six athletes to the event. Gabby Knapp and Kailey Yeoman (both 15) gained fifth-place finishes.