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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 5. May 24, 1951

Athletics in Tournament

Athletics in Tournament

Victoria hit the all time low water mark in the track and field section of Tournament this year by winning only two titles and, of course, the Wooden Spoon. Helen Burr and Ikar Lissienko respectively won the women's high jump and the men's discus throw. Our other competitors who were placed in the finals were: D. Hawke, third in the hundred yards; Bunny Houis, third in one hundred and twenty yards hurdles; John McLevie, second in the four-forty yards hurdles; Malcolm Hanna, second in the four-forty yards; P. B. Keesing, second in the three miles; Iuen Hyslop, third in the javelin throw and hop, step and jump; G. Elepans, third in the discus. Barbara Hill came second in both the women's hundred and two-twenty yard sprints. Our relay team finished second in the 4 × 110 yards relay.

There were no unexpected performances—all performed as was expected, with the possible exception of I. Hyslop, who should have secured a higher placing than third in the hop, step and jump. A valuable club member, Malcolm Hanna shows promise of being a crack four-forty yards man in the future. There was nothing wrong with his second placing to Myles (A) but he will improve a great deal yet. He has the right build and runs in a very smooth and relaxed manner.

Helen Burr jumped with her usual consistency and cleared 4ft. 10in. Natural ability rather than technique carries her through. If she could learn to jump with the Eastern cut-off or the Western roll and discard the scissors style, heights of 5ft. 3in. or 5ft. 4in. would not be beyond her capabilities.

In the discus throw, the question was whether Lissienko would break the record of 130ft. His throw of 126ft. [unclear: 10in.] was over 10ft. ahead of the second pace-setter, but did not approach his performance of 136ft. [unclear: 93/4in.] in the interfaculty sports. The slippery circle prevented him from attaining speed in the turn and he found he could not plant himself solidly enough for an all out effort. Under the conditions his performance was good.

John McLevie ran well to finish second in the long hurdles. This being only his second year in the event illustrates that he has plenty of time to improve—he has not reached his peak yet.

Barbara Hill and P. B. Keesing filled second places in their events and added to our meagre total of points. Barbara ran well but she seems to lack the snap she had a couple of seasons ago.

As for the Wooden Spoon—perhaps, as [unclear: Courtirtin] said: It is not the victory that counts but the struggle.

Well, at least we try.