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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1910

Athletic Sports

Athletic Sports.

Well, the most courageous fiend bids me pack. "Via," says the fiend? "Away," says the fiend. "For the heavens?" "Rouse up a brave mind," says the fiend, "and run."

Merchant of Venice.

Monday dawned with veiled skies and drizzling rain, and communicated its gloom to many faces. The weather cleared sufficiently, however, to allow the usual morning programme to be got off, and in the afternoon the sun deigned to shine.

The athletic shield was retained by the Canterbury men by a margin of 8 points. No one can doubt their present superiority. Despite the heavy track, a number of fine performances were recorded. R. Opie succeeded in breaking two records, doing the 100yds. in 10 1/10 sees., and the 220yds. in 23 2/5secs. He easily held all his competitors. L. Dougall and T. Rigg ran a magnificent mile, the former winning in 4min. 37 1-5sec. Rigg contested every foot, but the heavier physique of the Canterbury man carried him through successfully. The three miles again went to Victoria College, T. Rigg, and D. S. Smith finishing first and second respectively. The time was some 17sec. slower than the best performance put up by Rigg last year. In the 120yds. Hurdles A. H. Bogle ran second to Harley (Canter- page 45 bury College) and to MacKenzie (Canterbury College) in the 440yds. Hurdles. Both the Canterbury representatives seemed to be built for their distances.

For the first time Victoria College succeeded in winning the Hammer Throwing-by appropriating J. Wilson. late of Otago. In the Mile Walk A. Hamilton (Otago University), last year's winner, was disqualified, and R. Twyneham (Canterbury College) and G. M. Cleghorn (Victoria College) finished first and second. A. T. Duncan had this year exchanged the 100yds. for the 880yds, but Dougall was not to be outdone, and came in an easy winner, with Duncan second and Jacobsen (Auckland University College) close up. Duncan also an second to Opie in the 220yds. Our "Ashley" has trained and performed so consistently that a first place would be a well-merited honour. May the Auckland Tournament crown his efforts!

The Ladies' Cup for the competitor scoring most points was won by Opie (Canterbury College), with 6 points. Brookfield (Auckland University College) again won the Trevor Hull Memorial Shield, and Dougall (Canterbury College) the de la Mare Cup. The Relay Cup went to Canterbury College.

The official results are given on page 48.