Ath­let­ics show­case at week­end

Nelson Mail - - Sport - Greg Laut­enslager

The cir­cus tent has been low­ered at Sax­ton Field. But an­other show that in­volves great feats of jump­ing, soar­ing, throw­ing from three rings, and top per­form­ers trav­el­ling at great speeds is on this week­end at the Sax­ton Field ath­let­ics track.

The in­au­gu­ral Harold Nel­son Clas­sic, which hon­ours the late Olympic and Em­pire Games cham­pion, will come out fir­ing at 5.30pm on Satur­day with national record-holder Brendon Bar­nett launch­ing him­self into the long jump pit.

Alex Jor­dan, the New Zealand teen sprint phe­nom­e­non, will fly down the home stretch in the 100m and 200m. Jor­dan will race New Zealand national 400m hur­dles ju­nior record-holder Michael Cochrane, of Tau­ranga, and then com­bine with Cochrane in a spe­cial 2x100m race in the meet’s fi­nal event at 8.30pm.

The meet also will fea­ture national women’s sprint cham­pion Hazel Bow­er­ing-scott, Tas­man Cen­tre record­holder throw­ers Dale Pritchard and Court­ney Clarke, and a host of mid­dledis­tance run­ners. En­tered in the men’s 3000m is Can­ter­bury’s Matt Har­ris and pos­si­bly 30-time national cham­pion Phil Cost­ley.

The men’s 1500m field is loaded with top Nel­son ju­niors Tom Stringer, Craig Laut­enslager, Mike Lowe, Peter Mef­fan, and Can­ter­bury’s Brett Clif­ford pro­claim­ing the race a ‘‘sub-four or bust’’.

There are also a cou­ple of spe­cialty races – the chil­dren’s 100m and the masters mile. The chil­dren’s race is for in­ter­me­di­ate or pri­mary school boys and girls, with only eight spots avail­able for boys and girls on a first-come, first­served ba­sis. The masters’ mile has no limit for men and women aged 35 and over.

En­try in­for­ma­tion and pro­gramme are avail­able at nzrun­ninga­ The en­try fee is $5, the dead­line now ex­tended to to­mor­row. There­after, the late fee is $10.

Ad­mis­sion is free to all.

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