Morsia sets triple jump record
ASHFORD AC’s senior men started the 2010 season with a third place finish in the Southern Men’s League at the Julie Rose Stadium.
Star performer was Matt Morsia, who leaped to a club record of 14.64m in the triple jump and a season’s best of 6.82 in the long jump to win both events.
Ryan Harris made it a triple jump double, claiming the B string with a season’s best 11.75.
Sprinter James Bridge was another winner with his B 100m time of 11.30sec, the fastest of the match. He then battled a strong head wind to finish second in the 200m A race. Gary Carr was also in form with two third places in the A 100m and B 200m.
Team captain Matt Hogben led by example on three fronts, competing in the 400m hurdles, high jump and 3,000m steeplechase to score valuable points while Christian Brown, competing for the first time, scored points in the 400m hurdles and ran a non-scoring 100m and 200m.
Another debutant, George Huxley, made his bow for the senior team with second in the 400m B string while Ashley Cochran ran a season’s best of 53.02 for fourth in the A race.
There was another season’s best, this time from Peter Davey in the long jump, to finish third in the B event with 5.93m – just 2cm off a win. In the 110m hurdles, Davey was third in 16.96 and second in the high jump B string.
The team had a number of key middle distance athletes missing due to university commitments but Andy Robertson, Warren Uden and Phil Heathfield picked up valuable points.
Above, Matt Morsia, set a new club record in the triple jump and, right, James Bridge, a winner in the B string 100m