Eugene's Corner

ECNI Athletics

Lytton High Schools ECNI Athletics 4x100 Track Team (2018)

We are rebuilding. The loss this year of our senior girls to university and the like meant we would not be a competitive threat to other schools in the sprints, long & triple jump and 4 x 100 relay in particular. The 4 x 100 Girls relay is an event we had great success with over the years. This year's athletes numbered 10 of which 5 were 'newbies'. It was always going to be tough. But I was hopeful of us giving a good account of ourselves. For example, young Raenin Pihema is Lytton's intermediate Boys High Jump champion with a jump of 1.80m. However after running sprints then backing up in the high jump, went out with a best of 1.50m. The winning jump on the day was 1.75m to Hastings Boys High School. Merlin Parsons out did himself in the 400m, although not placed, he was only 4 seconds off the Schools 400m record. Kyle McVey ran a staggering 2.26 in the Intermediate Boys 800m. The Lytton record in that event is 2:22.

Rubi Perano holds the Lytton High Intermediate Girls long jump record with 4.79m. She wasn't placed at this meet, but just to let you know the winning jump was 4:72m. Just to share with you a true story. The 1997 Lytton Senior Boys 4 x 100 relay team have held the ECNI record with a time of 43.3. Can the present group emulate the feat? Well, we had Cole Bava starting, passing the baton onto Merlin Parsons, then onto Tasman Gurau still only a junior, with Luke Edwards our finisher. What a buzz, The Napier Boys in the lane next to us were quick with blistering speed, I mean really quick. They went on to win, I reckon we were caught up in their draught which helped a wee bit. We were not placed. But I said to the team afterwards, not knowing the times that... they ought to be proud because they were in a race where the 4 x 100 Senior Boys relay record held by Lytton since 1997 may have been broken and that they wold be a part of history to come. Napier did it in 43:99. - Eugene Paea, 2019