Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume. 34, Number 6. 1971
Though the athletics team was the smallest for some years, it gained third place in the mens' competition and some creditable individual placings.
Victoria took first two places in the mens high jump with Colin Banks and national champion Ian Finlay-son, while veteran tournament performer Graeme Sutherland, threw (the shot) just under 38 feet to win the shot put. Phil Kear ran .3 sec. inside the N.Z.U. blues standard to win the 400 metres, but later in the afternoon was beaten into second place in the 200 metres by Otago's Terry Morrison, who repeated his last Year's double by also winning the 100 metres.
Both relay teams (4 × 100 metres, and 4 × 400 metres) gained third places and harrier rep, Eric Cairns ran a creditable third in the 10,000 metres.
Mary Belsey the solitary woman member of Vic's team, hurdled well to take second place in the 100 metres hurdles.
Ian Finlayson, Colin Banks and Phil Kear were selected to compete for N.Z.U. against an Australian Universities team on Easter Monday. Since the visiting team was given the choice of events, the Australians were able to almost completely dominate the test match. A notable exception was a very powerful run by Auckland's Wayne Madden in the 800 metres to win in an N.Z.U. record time of 1 minute 49.8 seconds.
An impromptu meeting held in conjunction with the test saw several more fine performances from Vic athletes. Most notable were Bernie O'Donnell's win in the 400 metres hurdles and Bruce Batten's run in the 800 metres, with one of the fastest time by a New Zealand junior this season.