College athletes on fast track at nationals

18 Mar 2024

Christ’s College athletes have impressed at the Athletics New Zealand Club Championships in Wellington, with Otto Church and Harrison Laing securing titles.

Representing Canterbury, Otto has won the U16 pole vault and finished 2nd in the 4x400m while Harrison has finished 1st in the U18 4x400m event and 2nd in the 4x100m. Jake Boyd has produced a remarkable array of results, finishing 2nd in the U16 shot put, javelin, and 4x400m, and 3rd in the discus. Tomas Coberger and Felix Bowden have also featured among the best athletes in the U18 events.

Meanwhile, Old Boy AJ Madondo – coached by Matt Thatcher – has won the U20 triple jump with a leap of 14.28m. AJ has also finished 2nd in the U20 100m in a personal-best 10.63sec and 2nd in the 200m in 21.67sec.


Jake Boyd – U16
2nd – Shot put 12.54
2nd – Javelin 43.18
2nd – 4x400m
3rd – Discus 43.62
4th – 300m hurdles 45.56

Otto Church – U16
1st – Pole vault 3.11
2nd – 4x400m
8th – 800m 2.09.59
9th – 1500m 4.25.35

Harrison Laing – U18
1st – 4x 400m – 1st
2nd – 4x100m – 2nd
(PB) in heat – 400m semi-final 50.96
6th 400m final 51.56

Tomas Coberger – U18
4th – Javelin 40.05

Felix Bowden – U18
5th – Discus 29.22
5th – Shot put 12.12