New Zealand Secondary Schools Track & Field Championships 2016
Three Roncalli students competed at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track & Field Championships held at the Auckland Trusts Stadium Waitakere on 2, 3 and 4 December 2016.

Ruby Harper, Brittney Young and Dean Andrews did exceptionally well competing against tough competition.
Full Results:
Dean Andrews - Junior Boys (4th Javelin 43.18m)
Ruby Harper - Senior Girls (9th Javelin 30.48m; 11th Shot Put 11.43m; 14th Discus 28.30m)
Brittney Young - Senior Girls (12th Triple Jump 10.06m; 20th Long Jump 4.37m)
Huge thank you to Rose Harper who acted as team manager, also the parents and supporters who travelled long distances to cheer on the athletes, this was much appreciated.

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New Zealand Secondary Schools Track & Field Championships 2015

The 2015 New Zealand Secondary Schools Track, Field and Road Race Championships were held in Timaru on 5 & 6 December. Five athletes from Roncalli College competed against New Zealand’s best winning three medals in front of a home crowd.
Students competing - Christina Ryan, Ruby Harper, Dean Andrews, Thomas Kissell, and Keegan Gill.
Amazing results produced by all athletes with three competing at their first National athletics meet.
Medallists – Top 3 in New Zealand
Christina Ryan          GOLD senior girls discus 38.29m;
Dean Andrews          SILVER junior boys javelin 46.28m;
Ruby Harper              BRONZE senior girls javelin 36.13m
Congratulations to Christina Ryan on her gold medal in the senior girls discus and her selection into the New Zealand Secondary School Paper Team following her outstanding results over the weekend. This was Christina’s final year competing as a Secondary School athlete and we wish her all the very best for her future endeavours. Christina also achieved 5th Javelin (34.32m), 9th long jump (5.20m) and 9th 100m hurdles (16.95secs).
Dean Andrews competed at his second Nationals and did exceptionally well over four disciplines, winning a silver medal in the Junior Boys Javelin (46.28m). Dean also finished 7th in the long jump (5.92m), same place as last year in Wanganui, 6th triple jump (11.92m) and in his 100m heat he ran 12.25secs to qualify to the quarter final where he then ran a slightly quicker time of 12.24secs. Dean still has another year competing in the junior boys grade.
It was a first time competing for Ruby Harper at a National event, and in front of a home crowd Ruby threw a personal best by nearly 7m (36.13m) to take out the bronze medal in the senior girls javelin.  Ruby has been very focused on her training over the past few months and this paid off with a place on the podium. Ruby’s bronze was the first medal of the weekend for Roncalli College.  In her discus event she finished 14th with a throw of 25.42m which was below her personal best.
Keegan Gill also competing for the first time had a busy weekend competing in four events, 100m, 200m, discus and shot put. Although Keegan did not make top 8 in any events the experience was enough to give him a taste of what it is like competing at such a high level.
Year 10 student Thomas Kissell was our only entry in the road race event. Thomas ran in the junior boys 4km race at Caroline Bay.  Thomas finished 37th in a time of 14:18.69 which was a personal best over this distance.
A huge thank you to the staff, parents and students who volunteered their time over the weekend to assist in various roles, an event like this would not run as smoothly without the help of these people.  Timaru will host the South Island Secondary Schools Championships next year so our athletes will get another chance to compete on their home track with the support of the local community.  
Richelle Cannell - Roncalli College Athletics Team Manager
(photos below)

Team in Wanganui website

I had the pleasure of taking the Roncalli College athletics team to the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships in Wanganui last weekend (6 & 7 December). The athletes enjoyed the experience of competing at Cooks Gardens in perfect weather conditions. 
Amazing results produced by all athletes with three competing at their first National athletics meet. Two GOLD medals were won in the senior boy’s grade:-
James Sandilands ~ 110m hurdles - 14.26secs
Jacob Matson ~ 200m - 21.77secs
Congratulations to James and Jacob on finishing their 5th and final NZSS Athletics event with NZ titles and both winning their events convincingly.  Their results saw them named at the end of the meet in the New Zealand Secondary School Paper Team. We wish both these boys all the very best for their future endeavours.
james and jacob website

Christina Ryan competed in the senior girls 100m hurdles, discus and long jump.  She finished 4th in the discus 34.34m, 12th long jump 5.00m and 10th qualifier in the hurdles 15.87secs. Christina has one more year competing for Roncalli College.  Well done Christina you represented Roncalli with pride.
It was the first year competing for year 9 student Dean Andrews, Dean is only 13 years of age and has 2 more years competing in the junior boys grade.  Dean produced outstanding results against boys a couple of years older.  In the junior boys javelin event with 30 competitors Dean finished 4th with a throw of 46.85m. Deans best attempt after 3 rounds had him sitting in silver contention but with the top 8 competitors allowed 3 more throws unfortunately he moved down to 4th place which was still an amazing achievement for this young up and coming athlete.  Dean also made top 8 in the junior boys long jump where 40 competitors took part, his leap of 5.87m was a personal best and gained him 7th position.
The senior boy’s 4 x 100m relay team of James, Jacob, Tom Anderson and Jamahl Trillo-Feely finished a well-deserved 1st in their heat with a slick time of 43.66secs.  This was a personal best time for these boys against tough competition from large boy’s schools throughout NZ.  This time qualified them as 3rd fastest going into the final.  The boys were stoked and as you could imagine very excited to be in a final at Nationals, with the team consisting of 2 athletes, 1 hockey player and 1 basketball player!. The final was against teams from New Plymouth BHS, Hamilton BHS, Palmerston BHS, Wanganui Collegiate, Tauranga Boys College, Sacred Heart College and St Bedes College.  The boys ran a great race in a slightly slower time than their heat (43.79secs), it was so close and they crossed the line in 4th place just missing out on the bronze medal by 0.14secs to Tauranga Boys College.  It truly was a fantastic race and only 0.20secs separated 2nd – 4th place. Huge congratulations to these boys, what a top effort!
During the weekend Jamahl competed in the triple jump and finished 12th 11.71m; Tom Anderson ran the 100m in 12.8secs.  This was a great experience for these boys to compete in other events as well as the relay.
2015 will see Timaru hosts to the NZSS Track & Field Championships.
A HUGE thank you to Collette Sandilands, Sharon Matson & Jenny Ryan, these ladies are amazing support and your help is very much appreciated.  Four nights away with such a great bunch of students and parents certainly makes my life as team manager a pleasure to be a part of.  I will miss the year 13 athletes who are leaving the College but have enjoyed being involved over the past 5 years following and supporting these fine young people.

Richelle Cannell - Roncalli College Athletics Team Manager

New Zealand Secondary Schools Track & Field Champs Porritt Stadium 7-8 December 2013
Roncalli NZSS Track & Field Team 2013 (5)

Four athletes representing Roncalli College did exceptionally well at the NZSS track & field champs at Porritt Stadium, Hamilton coming home with three medals and a new New Zealand Secondary Schools record.

The weather on day one did not affect performances in what was a day of four seasons.  Jacob Matson easily won his heats in both the senior boy’s 100m (10.78s) & 200m (21.73s) and was the fastest qualifier in the 100m and 2nd fastest in the 200m.  He ran an identical time in the 100m quarter-final crossing the line in 2nd place.  Christina Ryan was third in the junior girls 80m hurdles heat (12.54s) and qualified 7th fastest to the final.  Christina qualified top 8 in the junior girls long jump from a field of 46 competitors and she went onto win the bronze medal in her final jump with a leap of 5.34m.  James Sandilands finished 2nd in his 110m hurdles heat with a time of 14.38s.  The senior boys high jump was strongly contested by a large field and after 3 hours of competition, 6 competitors were left attempting 2 metres,  four succeeded and the eventual winner clearing 2.03m. James successfully cleared 1.97m but narrowly missed 2.0m finishing 5th overall.

Leanna Ryan ran an outstanding race on her 18th birthday to win her senior girls 100m hurdles heat, her slick time of 13.94 secs beat the New Zealand Secondary Schools record which was previously 14.07s held since 1999 by Andrea Miller of Epson Girls Grammar.  
Day two again was a day competing in mixed weather conditions.  Leanna Ryan had an exceptionally successful day winning the senior girls 100m hurdles title easy in a time of 14.14s, and picked up the bronze medal in the long jump (5.52m). The NZ hurdles record she broke on day one in her heat added to today’s achievements and earned her selection into the NZSS paper team and a senior athlete of the meet award receiving a $250 Asics voucher.  This was Leannas last year competing at these championships, but will be back up to Waikato University early next year to begin her studies, where Porritt Stadium will be her home track.

Both James Sandilands and Christina Ryan narrowly missed out on the bronze medal in their respective hurdles finals finishing 4th.  Christina ran a personal best time of 12.19secs in the junior girls 80m and James in the senior boys 100m hurdles crossed the line in 14.76s slightly slower than his heat time of 14.38s after hitting a couple of hurdles along the way.

Jacob Matson ran the 100m semi-final in 11.01secs finishing 2nd to an invitational athlete from Tonga, Jacob pulled up across the finish line with a reoccurring leg injury.  This injury forced Jacob to withdraw from the rest of the competition missing the 100m final and 200m semi-final.


New Zealand Secondary Schools Track & Field Championships 2012

Congratulations to Roncalli students Christina Ryan, Jacob Matson and James Sandilands on their outstanding achievements at the recent New Zealand Secondary Schools Track & Field Championships hosted in Dunedin.

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Christina Ryan
  • 2 SILVER - Junior Girls long jump 5.55m, 80m hurdles 12.41s
Jacob Matson
  • 2 GOLD - Junior Boys 100m 11.0s, 200m 22.38s
James Sandilands
  • GOLD - Senior Boys 110m hurdles 14.66s

Jacob and James - NZ Youth Athletic team 2012 web

James Sandilands and Jacob Matson:- NZ YOUTH ATHLETICS TEAM
Selected into the New Zealand Athletics team for the Australian
Youth Olympics Festival 16-20 January 2013. 15 boys and 15 girls
were selected based on their performances at the NZ Secondary Schools
Champs in Dunedin
last weekend.   The athletics competition will take place 18 - 19 January,
Athletics Centre - Sydney Olympic Park.

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Athletics New Zealand Track and Field Champs 2012

Congratulations to James Sandilands and Leanna Ryan who represented Canterbury at the Athletics New Zealand Track and Field Champs in Auckland last weekend.

James competed in the mens Under 17 Grade and won GOLD in the High Jump with a very impressive 1.97m and BRONZE in the 110m Hurdles.

Leanna competed in the women's Under 17 Grade and won SILVER in the 100m Hurdles and SILVER in the 4 x 100m Relay.

Congratulations on your outstanding achievements.

2012 Athletics Nationals


National Secondary Schools Athletics Championships 2011

2011 Nationals athletics team
Roncalli College Athletics National Team 2011
Left to right: Jacob Matson, Brittany Cannell, Leanna Ryan and James Sandilands.

Unfortunately due to injury Brittany was unable to compete.  Brittany was an amazing support person for her fellow Roncalli athletes.  We wish you well in a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you on the track in 2012.

Congratulations to our Roncalli students on their amazing success at the recent National Athletics Champs in Wellington.

James Sandilands - GOLD MEDAL - Junior Boys Hurdles
Leanna Ryan - BRONZE MEDAL - Senior Girls Long Jump
Jacob Matson - BRONZE MEDAL - Junior Boys 200m

Roncalli Medal Winners 2011

James Sandilands - Hurdles
Hurdles - James Sandilands (45)
Podium - medal presentation (14)

Leanna Ryan - Long Jump
Leanna - Long jump
Leanna on Podium

Jacob Matson - 200m
Jacob 200m (4)
Jacob - Podium (1)

Roncalli National Athletics Team with Benji Marshall!
Roncalli Athletes and Benji Marshall
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