Athletes can’t beat battle against drop

The last changeover for the male 4 x 100m record breaking sprint relay team
The last changeover for the male 4 x 100m record breaking sprint relay team

It will be Division 2 action next season for MMKAC after they suffered relegation in Windsor on Saturday.

MMKAC have not been able to take full advantage of a number of their best athletes, albeit some with injuries and consequently found themselves, after four matches, with the distinct possibility of relegation. On the day they faced three of the top four teams at Windsor and their closest rivals, Southampton and Reading had much easier matches. All those who competed here gave their utmost but still contrived to see MMKAC place 13th out of the 16 clubs with the bottom four relegated to Division 2.

At Windsor, Blackheath and Bromley won to finish league runners-up with the home club second on the day and taking third in the league. Bracknell placed fourth to finish fifth overall.

The usually very dependant throwers, Kayleigh Presswell, Emma Beardmore and Emma Beales again scored many valuable points. Kayleigh won the hammer throwing 59.00m to place a close second in the female athlete of the match awards, and won the “B” shot. Emma Beardmore won the”A”shot and “B” hammer and discus events. Emma Beales won her discus speciality throwing 41.13m

On the track their male sprinters had the toughest opposition this summer. Dickson Kusi and Aaron Adom were third and first in the 100m whilst over 200m David Boakye placed second and Aaron third. And not surprisingly the 4x100m relay was a very competitive race and saw the MMKAC quartet of Dickson Kusi, Michael Smith, Tyrell Dankwa and Aaron Adam run yet another sprint relay club record of 42.80 to just beat the time (42.94) the same foursome had run at Battersea Park in the previous match.

Tom Cuthbertson further improved his 5000m PB from the MK5000 special a week earlier winning with 15.32.47 whilst Steve Tuttle won the “B” race (15.39.1). The roles were reversed in the 2000m steeplechase Steve clocking 6.30.34 for 2nd in the “A” and Tom winning the “B” in 6.50.28.

Jonthan Pownall made very welcome return after a long period out with injury to throw the javelin 45.69 for 2nd place with Lewis Barnes winning the “B” event (34.42m).