The First time the N.Z. Road championships have been helds in Timaru, was a day for 1st timers Ella Benson in her first National race won the Primary 200 meters T/T in 23.948 to slaughter the old record of 24.832, to be the only record brocken during the time trials on a slightly uphill cource with a big sweeper bend, at least a second slower then most cources, another newcomer Stacey Ramsay 26.913 was 3rd, With Serenity Griffith Manawatu 26.773 2nd.
Nick Frame 23.472 & Jan Kuepper 23.755 won their first N.Z. medals when they ran 1st & 2nd in the Juvinile Boys 200 T/T, both skaters had not put it together at previous nationals, so a very popular result within the club, Matthew Grigg 23.905 Christchurch was 3rd.
Leah McDonald 23.618 won the Juvinile girls in her first N.Z. championship race with Olyvia Mayhew Upper Hutt 23.832 2nd & Monique Cleeve Wanganui 24.192 3rd, with a big suprise with Tyla Smith from Temuka 4th in 24.265 just missing bronze in the 17 strong field.
Guy McDonald was 2nd in the Junior Boys in 21.462 behind Sam McDonald Blenheim in 21.065, Calum Judd Manawatu was 3rd in 21.502.
As expected sprinter Dahna Penty took out the Junior girls in 21.692, with Rebecca Smith Wanganui close in 21.827 & Judah Kelly Wanganui 3rd in 22.505.
Emily van der Heyden another Waimate speed Whizz not only won the Intermediate ladies Time Trial in 20.809, but was the fastest lady in N.Z. with her win from Daina Gibbs Manawatu 21.255 & Jessica Van Bentum Wanganui in 21.616.
Renee Nyman 20.809 won the Senior Ladies from South Canterbury’s Samantha Michael 21.683 & Teagan Roffe Manawatu 22.031
Antony Nalder Upper Hutt 17.935 won the Senior Mens T/T , Josh Whyte Kapiti the Intermediate men in 18.098 & Mackinley He Aucklandthe Primary Boys in 25.916, Brett McCormack Dunedin the Masters A in 20.370 & Peter Oh the Masters B in 21.815
The only other two races today were the Open Mens & Open Ladies 20,000 Eliminations, In the Mens race Mark McDonald Christchurch won from Antony Nalder Upper Hutt & Kierryn Hughes Manawatu, Jonathon Swindells from Dunedin but racing for South Canterbury, put in a good effort & was eliminated late in the race.
In the Ladies open the South Canterbury pair Michael & Van der Heyden left open an inside run & the fast finishing Renee Nyman from Wanganui took out her 2nd title from the South Canterbury pair of Emily van der Heyden 2nd & Samantha Michael 3rd.
The South Canterbury club skaters won both the Track races tonight on the opening at SBS events center night, Ella Benson won the Primary Girls 1,000 from Serenity Griffiths Manawautu, with Timaru’s Charli Nevin 3rd, Roshean O’Connor fell at the start & made up good ground to finish 4th.
In the Juvinile Boys 400 track Jan Kuepper won from Matthew Grigg Christchurch with Nick Frame picking up the Bronze, with Keaton Swindells 4th.
There were 17 races in all divisions with South Canterbury contesting 13 events, winning 7 & gaining 15 medals, to get off to a great start.