MADJA - Strong start to the season at Southampton

Written by Ben Tarring.

Keiran ShortKeiran ShortKieran Short, James Richardson and Rory Clark put in strong performances for the U15 boys as Marlborough and District Athletics travelled to Southampton for the club’s opening fixture of the season.

On a day of bright sunshine, Richardson was an easy winner in the 800m, finishing five seconds ahead of the field in 02:25.7 and coming second in the 80m hurdles in 14.60s.

In a pulsating 100m, Clark tied for first place in 12.0s but was adjudged to have finished second.  There were no such deliberations in the long jump:  Clark ’s winning jump of 5.31m was nearly 50cm longer than the second-placed athlete.

Short won the high jump with 1.55m and, with Richardson, Clark and Oscar Deakin, came second in the 4x100m relay.

There were good all-round performances from MADJA’s U13 girls, with contributions from Tess Mayer, India Eastlake, Poppy Davies, Anna Kane, Hettie Mears, Beth Mayer and Maya Short.

Daniel Sanders starred for the U13 boys, coming second in the high jump (1.25m) and third in the long jump (3.97m), while Katie McQue finished third in the U15 girls 800m in 02:45.3.

For the U17 men, Louis Torto came third in the 100m (13.20s), with Jack Warren third in the 400m in 57.10s.

Southampton were the overwhelming winners, scoring 639 points, with Wimborne second, Woking third and MADJA fourth (292 points), followed by New Forest Juniors and Weymouth.

MADJA came fifth in the U11 QuadKids competition. Tom Durrant was the top performer, coming second in a field of 30 athletes, while Edie Noble finished fourth for the girls.

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