Athletes compete strongly at Mahar Cup meet

The Marlborough men’s relay team with the McConochie Memorial Baton. From left: Joseph Brooks, James Hansen, DJ Arbuckle and Dave Hansen. Photo: Kim Bacchus.

Marlborough’s senior athletes performed with distinction in the 83rd Mahar Cup inter-provincial contest at Nelson’s Saxton Field on Saturday.

Competing against Nelson and West Coast, every member of the Marlborough team contributed points to their tally of 126, good enough for second place overall.

Nelson won the Mahar Cup with a total of 227 points while West Coast finished third with 89.

A highlight for Marlborough was provided by the senior men’s relay team of Dave Hansen, Joseph Brooks, James Hansen and DJ Arbuckle who combined superbly to win the prestigious McConochie Memorial Baton. The last time Marlborough won this event was in 2013 when the meet was last staged in Greymouth.

No Mahar Cup records were broken by either of the three teams.

The Marlborough Mahar Cup team was: Dave Hansen, John Rawcliffe, Seb Bacchus, Dale Smit, Joseph Brooks, James Hansen, Dale (DJ) Arbuckle, Tracey Sims, Laura Smidt, Lucy Harman, Mia Wiapo and Jorja Bacchus.

Individual event winners: Lucy Harman (senior women’s 3000m); Dave Hansen (senior men’s 200m, 400m, discus, shot put); Joseph Brooks (junior men’s 200m, 100m, long jump); Laura Smidt (senior women’s 1500m); James Hansen (under-17 boys 400m); Jorja Bacchus (under-17 girls high jump); Dale Arbuckle (under-17 boys high jump); Seb Bacchus (senior men’s javelin, high jump); Mya Wiapo (under-17 girls shot put, long jump)

Final points: Nelson 220, Marlborough 129, West Coast 90.

Final U17 grades scores: Male – Marlborough 23, Nelson 22, West Coast 8. Female – Nelson 59, Marlborough 15, West Coast 12.

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