Christ’s College runs ahead with 13 track and field titles

21 Mar 2023

Three outstanding Christ’s College athletes – AJ Madondo, Jake Boyd, and Otto Church – have won multiple titles at the Canterbury Secondary School Track & Field Championships at Ngā Puna Wai.

AJ has won the U19 triple jump (13.85m), the 100m (11.22sec), and the 200m (22.51sec) while Jake has claimed the U14 shot put (11.20m) and the discus (45.41m), and Otto has proved too strong in the U14 1500m (4.33.10) and the 3000m (10.18.95).

Six other College athletes have also won championship titles, including Sam O’Connell – U15 javelin (35.83m), PJ Palamo – U16 shot put (13.11m), Lui Tupuola – U16 hammer (31.75m), Armani Lemalu – U19 discus (47.21m), Josh Ratulomai – U19 hammer (41.13m), and Harrison Laing – U16 400m (52.65).

In total, College has won 13 individual titles, along with multiple podium finishes in a range of events, including the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Most boys have achieved personal bests in the fine conditions.


1st Place

Jake Boyd
U14 shot put 11.20m
U14 Discus 45.41m

Otto Church
U14 1500m 4.33.10
U14 3000m 10.18.95

Sam O’Connell
U15 javelin 35.83m

PJ Palamo
U16 shot put 13.11m

Lui Tupuola
U16 hammer 31.75m

AJ Madondo
U19 triple jump 13.85m
U19 100m 11.22
U19 200m 22.51

Armani Lemalu
U19 discus 47.21m

Josh Ratulomai
U19 hammer 41.13m

Harrison Laing
U16 400m 52.65

2nd Place

Alex Aitken
U15 javelin 31.37m

George Matthews
U16 pole vault 2.50m

Felix Bowden
U16 shot put 11.18m

PJ Palamo
U16 discus 43.60m

Riley Diver
U19 pole vault 2.50m

Aston Nijjar
U19 triple jump 12.75m

Armani Lemalu
U19 shot put 13.71m

Alex De Luca
U19 hammer 25.57m

Dylan Jackson
U15 80m hurdles 12.77

Harrison Laing
U16 200m 23.82

Joseph Nash
U19 100m 11.27
U19 200m 22.63

U14 4x100m (Tom Matthews, Jake Boyd, Henry Handyside, Alex Lascelles)
U16 4x100m (Harrison Laing, William Gifford, Benson Geng-Wang, Tomas Coberger)
U19 4x100m (Joseph Nash, AJ Madondo, Aston Nijjar, Albie Roberts)
U19 4x400m (Joseph Nash, AJ Madondo, Matty Hickman, Harrison Laing)

3rd Place

David Wayne
U16 pole vault 2.20m

Felix Bowden
U16 discus 32.74m

Matty Hickman
U19 hammer 21.92m

Alex Lascelles
U14 400m 1.00.99

Jai Ferguson
U14 3000m 10.45.82

William Gifford
U16 400m 56.79

Dylan Jackson
U16 300m hurdles 46.39

Riley Diver
U19 800m 2.06.32


Kiki Anglem
U16 pole vault 4th 2.00m

Albie Roberts
U19 long jump 4th 5.23m

Josh Ratulomai
U19 discus 4th 36.65m

Jack Hastie
U16 3000m 4th 11.01.26
U16 pole vault 5th 2.00m (countback)

Harry Whithear
U14 javelin 5th 25.75m

Sam O’Connell
U15 triple jump 5th