Sports Day 2017
The St John’s College Athletics Sports Day is the first House event of the year. Even though attendance numbers appeared to be down on previous years, the level of participation was outstanding. There were record numbers of students in the 100m and the Javelin. In fact, participation rates were so high popular events such as the steeplechase and House relays had to be bumped from the program.
House leaders did a great job of generating house spirit and by creating banners and decorating their House areas. There were a colorful array of participants, a casual observer may even have mistaken the day for Sacred Hearts Athletic Sports Day given the number of tutu’s and bikinis worn.
The Finau and Sinclair families impressed throughout the day and left an indelible reminder of their efforts on our record books. An amazing six records were broken on the day.Thanks to all those who participated, officiated and helped run and organize another memorable event.
Jonte Rikiriki broke the junior Long Jump record with a distance of 5.62m. The previous record was 5.54m and set back in 1970 by M. Clarkin.
The 300m for junior boys was actually broken twice, first by J. Findlay and then again in the very next heat by Amilame Finau in a time of 42.41.
The 400m intermediate record was also broken. P. Dalboth held the previous record, which was set in 1971 and beaten by Joseph Sinclair in a new time of 53.56.
Hayden Mulgrew surpassed the old school senior 400m record as well which was set by M. Finn in 1978 with a time of 52.31.
William Sinclair (who also holds the intermediate boys 800m and junior boys steeplechase records) took nearly ten seconds off the senior boys 1500m record with a time of 4.13.78. J. Roberts set the previous record in 1973.
The most exciting race of the day was the 800m. Hayden Mulgrew and William Sinclair battled it out all the way along the final straight for the closest of finishes. Both boys broke the school record but it was William Sinclair who crossed the line first in a time of 2.00.87
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