Kapiti Observer : January 5th 2012
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In his seventh form year Carson finished second in the New Zealand secondary schools' 1500m race and has continued to improve. Now a national 1500m and 3000m men's champion, Carson has only 2008 Beijing Olympics 1500m silver medallist Nick Willis above him on the national pecking order. I represented New Zealand at the World University Games [last] year,'' Carson said. That was my first taste of representing New Zealand, so that was cool and I would really like to get to London to make that next step.'' Over the Christmas period Carson was running about 150 kilometres a week, with track sessions at the Paraparaumu Domain at least twice a week. With the occasional trip to Auckland to see coach Arch Jel- ley, Carson has also been work- ing on his speed work to improve his personal best time. There's a few key races both here and in Australia that I am targeting for some pretty fast time, starting in mid-Jan and through to March,'' he said. There is a race over in New- castle and that'll be the first sort of serious race I will be doing for the season.'' With a personal best of 3m 40s, Carson needs to chop nearly five seconds off that time to make the A standard'' time of 3m 35.5s to qualify. New Zealand can have three runners beating the A standard time or one better than the B standard time. With Willis one of the world's fastest runners, Carson must make the A standard time to qualify. Carson has been building for the racing season since November. With Willis back in New Zea- land since Christmas, Carson is hoping to train with the Olympian before competing against him at Australasian events. Should Carson not post the time he needs before March, he will look at flying to Europe for that season because the final cut-off for qualification is July 8. Sevens team takes challenge By BEN STRANG Horowhenua Kapiti will look to punch above their weight at the national sevens tournament in Queenstown this weekend with a new crop of players. Only four players from last season's side will take the field with veteran player Ashley Drake leading the team. Teariki Peneha, Gary Phelps and Michael Tambour will also return for H-K, while new players include Sonny Ulukini, who impressed with Horowhenua Col- lege last year. Manager Brett Karipa said the team had a decent pedigree at the tournament but were under no illusions about the difficulty of the teams they will play. We have drawn both the home teams, Otago and Southland, as well as the defending champions Taranaki, so we know it will be very difficult. For us the goal will be to gain automatic qualification for next year, and to do that we need two wins on the first day,'' he said. H-K have beaten the likes of Auckland and Canterbury in the past two years at the tournament, and have produced players that have been picked up by other provinces. You have the likes of Warwick Lahmert, who Taranaki took away, and he is on the verge of making the New Zealand squad now, so it can be a real showcase of our local talent.'' Karipa said the tournament was also a warm up for Drake, who will captain the Cook Islands at the international sevens tour- nament in Wellington next month. Peneha and debutant Tiakina Manga are hoping to use the tour- nament to secure places in that same Cook Islands squad for the event. Levin in fine form Levin Old Boys gained revenge over Kapiti Old Boys in a repeat of last season's Twenty20 final at Weka Park to bag their third major trophy of the Horowhenua- Kapiti senior cricket competition. Levin's five-wicket Twenty20 victory on December 17 comes after the team claimed the County cricket title in November, also over Kapiti, and the two-day title, also in November. The team also clinched its derby trophy against fellow Levin side Weraroa. Captain Mike Rameka said the team felt confident of victory in the Twenty20 final after taking out Tim Boyer with the first ball. Once we got Timmy, that was a huge relief for us and we were feeling great about it from then on,'' Rameka said. Then we got Joe [Consedine] the next over, and that is when we started feeling comfortable.'' Wickets continued to fall as Ryan Taylor and Stacey Kere- homa tore through the batting order with full, straight bowling. At 59-9, Kapiti's tailenders put up a staunch resistance to guide the team to 89 from 20 overs, but it was always too little on the arti- ficial wicket in Raumati. Dion Sanson and Ricky Te Tomo dealt big blows to Kapiti early to put Levin on their way to victory, and they coasted home with five wickets lost and six overs to spare. It's nice to have won those trophies, especially when Kapiti beat us really well in the final last year. It would be nice to do well in the one dayers as well now, but we have to wait and see because we know any of the teams can play well and come back.'' The one-day competition starts on Saturday with Paraparaumu hosting Kapiti at Kena Kena Park and Levin playing Weraroa at Donnelly Park in Levin.
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