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September 28, 2020

PNG Athletes in the States Making Waves in Track and Field Events

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A group of USA-based Papua New Guinean athletes have been performing well in various track and field events around the country.

Nine of the eleven athletes recently made waves and some have even broken their own national records.

Rellie Kaputin’s national record-breaking performances stood out as she won all three jumping events.

Kaputin was part of the West Texas A&M University team that attended their fourth consecutive Lone Star Conference Indoor Championships.

And she broke her national records in two of those jumping events.

In the long Jump she recorded 6.27 metres, which was a record for the conference, as well as the eleventh best mark in the entire history of NCAA Division Two indoor competition.

She also won the high jump event with a recorded season’s best of 1.71m.

And in the triple jump of the season, the national record holder improved to 12.8m and won the event by margins.

With her top rank, she now prepares for the NCAA Division 2 National Championships in three weeks’ time.

Meanwhile Peniel Richard improved his personal best with a 7.02m long jump followed by a season’s best 1.95m in high jump.

On the other hand, continuous improvements from Adrine Monagi in the multi events.

She secured a personal best of 3677 points in the five event pentathlon which included an 8.72 seconds for the 60m hurdles and 1.67m in high jump.

And in the track events, Poro Gahekave clocked 03.66 seconds for the 1000m, and Shirley Vunatup 58.05 seconds for 400m.

Afure Adah continued her good form clocking in 24.71 seconds for 200m, which was then brought to track specifications and she was ranked sixth in Division 2.

Recent entries, Robson Yinambe and Wesley Logorava also attended the championships.


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