2005 Nat Combined Events Champs Wellington, 12-13 Feb - Day 2 (This set was removed 4 Sep 05)
Athletics New Zealand Media Release
14th February 2005
Newdick wins national decathlon title as a junior
Brent Newdick of Counties Manukau outscored the defending champion Peter Cox of Otago, to win the national decathlon title in Wellington. He finished the final event the 1500m full of running to end up with a final point tally of 7260. Cox who trailed Newdick after the first day by just two points, finished on 7108. Jeffrey Knaggs of Canterbury was third on 4998. Newdick who turned 20 last month, has the potential to go on to greater honours. Over the two days of competition and the ten events, Newdick consistently produced near best performances. "I was down a bit on the 100m at the start, but the high and long jumps and the javelin throw were awesome," said Newdick. "The next goal is a Commonwealth Games qualifier," he added.
Scott McLaren of Counties, runner up in last year's championship, has suffered from a groin injury over the past two weeks and did not start. David Cornthwaite of Counties won the men's 19 title with the men's 16 Octathlon going to Kieran Fowler of Canterbury. Rebecca Wardell of Canterbury had an average competition to take the senior women's heptathlon title, with 4986 points. Wardell, who was second in the national heptathlon championship in 1998, now looks forward to the World University Games in Turkey in August.
Amanda Aldridge of Tokoroa and Shannon Francois from Tasman both qualified for the World Youth Championships in Marrakesh Morocco in July, in the heptathlon. After a close two way battle in the W16 championship, it came down to the best over the final event, the 800m. Aldridge held out Francois in 2m 27.83s, to end up with a total score of 4253. As if on cue Francois time of 2m 33.81s, ended the competition for her with a total of 4200 points, the selection standard for the World Youth Championships.
Simon Poelman, seven times New Zealand decathlon champion, showed that he has not lost any of his talent and technique for the event, winning the masters men 40-44 age group. The 41 year old started with a 11.63s 100m, and was in surprisingly good form in a number of the other events, including a 6.42m long jump, a 1.92m high jump, a 15.16s 110m hurdles, and a 55.24m javelin throw.