Bacchus bags medals in both islands

Jorja Bacchus claimed medals at both the North Island and South Island Colgate Games. Photo: Supplied.

Marlborough athlete Jorja Bacchus bagged high jump medals at both the North and South Island Colgate Games.

At the North Island event, staged at TET Stadium in Inglewood, Taranaki, she picked up silver, leaping 1.58m, a new Marlborough age group record. Last weekend she went one better, clinching gold at the South Island Games, staged in Christchurch. She again cleared 1.58m.

Jorja was among four young Marlborough athletes who represented their province with distinction at the North Island Colgate Games.

The province was represented by Bacchus, James Hansen and Dale (DJ) Arbuckle, who competed in Grade 14, plus Alex Hansen, who competed in Grade 11.

All four came away with some promising results which they took into the South Island competition last weekend, where 38 Marlborough athletes competed.

Results from the North Island Colgate Games:

Jorja Bacchus (girls grade 14) – 400 metres heat 1 preliminaries (4th – 66.37 seconds – a new PB reserve for the final); Shot Put (6th – 9.40 metres); High Jump (2nd – 1.58 metres – a new PB and a new Marlborough age grade record).

James Hansen (boys grade 14) – 100 metres hurdles final (7th – 15.95 seconds); 200 metres Heat 4 preliminaries (4th – 25.63 seconds – a new PB); long Jump (6th – 5.40 metres).

Dale (DJ) Arbuckle (boys grade 14) – 100 metres Heat 3 preliminaries (6th – 13.85 seconds); 400 metres Heat 1 preliminaries (6th – 59.62 seconds – a new PB and his first sub 60 seconds race); 800 metres (14th – 2 minutes 24.03 seconds); High Jump (7th – 1.60 metres); long jump (13th – 4.74 metres).

Alex Hansen (boys grade 11) – 800 metres (4th – 2 minutes 31.03 seconds – a new PB by 6 seconds); 1500 metres (11th – 5 minutes 43.55 seconds); High Jump (6th equal – 1.30 metres – 39 boys competed).

Senior athletics

Meanwhile the Senior Club held their first club night for 2020 on Tuesday, an evening which included the 10,000 metres club championship (men) and the 3000 metres club championship (women).

Dale Smit took out the 10,000 metres in 42:31.49 and Lucy Harman won the 3000 metres in 11:04.25 in tough, unseasonal conditions.

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