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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 7. 1962.




The high jump, which concluded well after the meeting had finished provided a thrilling drama between Otag's young W. Spiers and the two Australians, John Hunt and John Anthill. Hunt (6ft. 3ins.) finally won with Spiers second in a very close finish.

Big, bouncing Ken Mottram threw the hammer well (160ft. 10 ins.) and put the shot at 47ft. to take a first and second placing in what was an uneven struggle of one Aussie against a host of New Zealanders.

The hurdles showed the Australians at their best with Ian White and Barry Hoffentsetz taking a first and a second each in the 120 and 220 yards. Vic's Joe Pope took third place on each occasion. And Brendon Higgins raced away in the 440 hurdles.

The 4 × 440 relay was expected to be a walk-over for the strong, fast Australian team (with average personal bests of 48.5 sees.). However, good tactical running by the N.Z. team (R. Hamilton, C. M. McGuire, A. Martin, B. McNeil, whose average best was round about 50.5) saw a thrilling finish eventuate in which the New Zealanders narrowly won in the good time of 3 min. 17.5 secs.

The organisation for this meeting far exceeded the level in the N.Z.U. champs on Saturday; and the better conditions were indicated by the good performances both in the test match and the North-South contest.