AJ Madondo on fast track at NZ championships

21 Dec 2022

AJ Madondo has finished 2nd place in the senior triple jump and 3rd in the senior 100m at the National Secondary School Track and Field Championships in Inglewood.

Coached by Matt Thatcher, AJ has also been named in the New Zealand Secondary School Athletics Association representative team.

All five College athletes have impressed among strong competition at the nationals, with three boys being the youngest in their age groups.

Year 9 student Dylan Jackson has competed in the U16 grade while Year 11 students Riley Diver and Armani Lemalu have stepped up in the U19 grade. Armani, who has had to throw heavier weights in the new age category, has done very well to make the top six in the discus while Riley has achieved a personal best in the pole vault despite the heavy rainfall.

Results (top eight make the final)

Dylan Jackson
Junior 100m Hurdles Heat – 16.81
Junior 300m Hurdles Heat – 47.70

AJ Madondo
3rd Senior 100m Final – 11.06
10th Senior Long Jump Heat – 6.20m
2nd Senior Triple Jump Final – 13.73m

Riley Diver
6th Senior Pole Vault Final – 3.00m

Ryan Primus
21st Senior Long Jump Heat – 5.62m
14th Senior Triple Jump Heat – 11.59m

Armani Lemalu
11th Senior Shot Put Heat – 12.91m
6th Senior Discus Final – 45.38m