Pakuranga Athletic Club top club in city

A team photo after Pakuranga Athletic Club’s recent success – they are rightfully super-proud of their first ever first place finish in Athletics Auckland’s Top Ten competition. Photo supplied

For the first time since the competition began in 1978, Pakuranga Athletic Club has won Athletics Auckland’s ‘Top Ten’ competition, making it the top junior track and field club in the city.

Sixteen clubs across Auckland took part in the competition this year which was held at Massey Park in Papakura on March 16.

Each club was represented by its top all-round athletes, two boys and two girls from each grade.  Each pair competed across a range of track and field events, earning points for their pair and for the club.

Pakuranga’s top 32 junior athletes aged 7-14 years earned a total of 78,824 points, finally beating North Harbour Bays (71,194) who have reigned supreme in the competition for many years.

In addition, twins Liam and Finn Wessels combined to win the 10 Boys grade and Daniel Mullens and Isaac Smith won gold in the 11 Boys grade.  Seven other pairs achieved second or third placings.

The accolade of being Auckland’s top junior track and field club has been a fitting end to what has been an outstanding season for the club in terms of successes at regional and national events.  The club is looking forward to continuing its successes with the cross country season about to get underway.