Maccabi sharp in Victoria Shield opener
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Maccabi sharp in Victoria Shield opener

Maccabi's David Blecher in the U20 men's long jump last Saturday at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve. Photos: Peter Haskin
Maccabi's David Blecher in the U20 men's long jump last Saturday at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve. Photo: Peter Haskin

MACCABI Athletics Club began its Athletics Victoria Shield League campaign with some outstanding performances in round one last Saturday, at both Duncan Mackinnon and Doncaster.

Two new recruits impressed in their Maccabi competition debut at Doncaster.

Emma de Jong, 16, won her 800m heat in 2 minutes and 24.5 seconds, which is better than the junior qualifying time for next year’s Maccabiah Games, while Ian Revale, 15, heaved well in the U16 shot put event, clearing 11.42m.

At Duncan Mackinnon, 15-year-old Skye Edelstein nailed a huge PB of 64.08 seconds in the girls’ 400m.

Other standout performances there were U14 athlete Ben Blecher’s 12.51 seconds in the 100m, PB of 57.62 seconds in the 400m, and 4.62m long jump, and his older brother David’s strong U20 men’s 100m time of 11.74 seconds, his solid time of 56.53 seconds in the 400m, and a respectable long jump clearance of 5.65m.

The Blecher brothers topped the individual points tally for Maccabi in round one, with Ben (1233 points) just edging David (1102).

Also earning points for the club were Jayden Donner, Adam Benson and Ori Drabkin in the U18 100m, U16 sprinters Gidon Datt (100m) and Benji Hodes (100m and 400m), U14 runner Josh Levy (100m), and masters athlete Myer Vorchheimer (100m and long jump).

Round two will be this Saturday at Casey Fields and Aberfeldie.

Jayden Donner reaching top pace. Photo: Peter Haskin

 

Sprinter Adam Benson (right) in action. Photo: Peter Haskin

 

Ben Blecher crossing the finish line. Photo: Peter Haskin

 

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