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A summer of Athletics success

We have a number of Sancta Maria College students who have worked hard training and performing in their chosen Athletics discipline.

Counties Manukau Zone Athletics success

Last term our top performers from Athletics Day went on to compete at the Counties Manukau Zone Athletics meet. The following students placed in the top 10 for the zone:


Arnika Lam 4th Intermediate Girls shotput*
Thalia Lam 1st Junior Girls shotput*, 1st Junior Girls discus*
Kiarna Makoare 3rd Intermediate Girls discus* & 7th Intermediate Girls shotput
Mia Makoare 2nd Intermediate Girls triple jump* & 7th Intermediate Girls long jump
Johannah Matanguihan 5th Senior Girls long jump*
Kaia Perham-Hayes 8th Junior Girls long jump
Akosita Tuungafasi 7th Junior Girls shotput


Rogres Anton Constantine 10th Junior Boys 200m
Mikaela Bangalan 2nd Intermediate Girls 200m* & 3rd Intermediate Girls 100m*
Jason Raad 2nd Intermediate Boys 200m* & 6th Intermediate Boys 100m
River Swaris 10th Intermediate Boys 200m
Frank Teiwaki 7th Junior Boys 100m
Mya Tubu 4th Intermediate Girls 100m* & 5th Intermediate Girls 200m
Marielle Venida 1st Senior Girls 100m* & 1st Senior Girls 200m*

Senior Girls relay team:  1st Senior Girls 4x100m* (Mikaela Bangalan, Mya Tubu, Mia Makoare, Marielle Venida).

*Qualified for Auckland Championships


Auckland Athletics Championships highlights

Year 8 Thalia Lam (11) competed in the Junior Girls (U14) shot put and discus, placing fourth in both events against competitors two years her senior.

Mikaela Bangalan, Mya Tubu, Mia Makoare and Marielle Venida earned silver medals by placing second in the Senior Girls 4x100m relay.

Marielle Venida defended her titles from 2022, placing first and taking home gold for the Senior Girls 100m and 200m.  She also broke the record for the senior girls 100m – twice. The previous record was set over 20 years ago in 2002. Marielle ran 12.02 seconds in the semi-final, then ran even faster in the final, clocking 11.82 seconds.


National Athletics Championships highlights

Continuing our success throughout the Athletics season, Antonie Smal (Year 12) also gained 1st place in the summer National Athletic Champs held in Wellington, with a huge throw of 49.81m in his chosen sport of Javelin.


Congratulations to all our athletes who trained hard and competed to their best ability!