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TGS runner breaks record ahead of schools champs

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Flying high… Takapuna Grammar School’s Asha Edwards exceeded her own expectations in smashing a regional 3000m intermediate girls’ record at a recent North Harbour Zone Day

Takapuna Grammar School (TGS) runner Asha Edwards is heading into this month’s Auckland Secondary School Athletics Championships having broken a regional record at the North Harbour Zone Day.
The 15-year-old won the intermediate girls 3000m at the 6 March zone day at AUT Millennium in 9:57.41, smashing the previous College Sport record of 10:12.29 set in March 2019 and the Auckland Athletics record of 9:59.79.
She was a massive 45 seconds ahead of the second place-getter.
She also won the meet’s intermediate girls 1500m, in a time of 4:52.89 seconds.
Asha told the Flagstaff she was aiming for a 10-minute time in the 3000m race and was in “disbelief” when she saw the clock from a distance and saw she was on pace to run under it.
“My original aim was to qualify for Auckland Champs in both the 1500m and the 3000m, but producing the time that I ran felt pretty incredible.”
She said her record-breaking performance made the zone day one of the highlights of her athletics season.
Asha’s next goal is to finish in the top three in the 3000m and “be in the mix” for the 1500m events at the College Sport Auckland Athletics Championships on 26 March.
“I have been performing well recently, with a couple of PBs, so I am trying to hold this form in preparation for the last couple of events of the track season.”
Among other TGS athletes who will be competing with hopes of medals at the championships are Kate Hallie (shot put, discus), Sascha Letica (1500m and 3000m), Connor Brady (shot put, discus, 100m), Samantha Lathwood (long jump, 100m, 200m) and her sister Jessica (long jump, triple jump), all of whom who won at least one event at the Harbour zone day. Last weekend Hallie also won the under 20 shotput at the NZ Athletics national championships in Wellington.
Devonport resident Asha said once the athletics season ends she will focus on cross-country running, with the hope of eventually competing overseas.
“My training mate Sascha Letica is running in Kenya this year and it would be great to one day follow in her footsteps and compete internationally.”

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