KZN break three records

2012-10-23 00:00

IT was another very successful outing for the Pietermaritzburg and Districts Invitational Athletics team that participated at the Absa Grey College Meeting two weekends ago.

The cream of South African junior athletes were participating with top athletic schools from Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town present.

The KZN contingent won 34 medals, predominantly gold with 20, and broke three championship records.

This beat the 23 medals won in 2011 and two medals better than their previous best which was in 2010 when they won 15 golds in a 32 medal haul.

To crown the achievements, KwaZulu-Natal also had the two top performances of the day.

Lindo Mateysi from DHS, won the under 17 boy’s triple jump with a record jump of 15,39 metres to gain 1 010 Absa points. It also gained him the top field performance of the day.

Not only was it a Meeting record, but also the longest distance by an under 17 athlete in the country.

The other top performance was Westville’s Zane Weir, who in the boy’s under 17 shot put, heaving the shot 18,97 metres to earn 979 Absa points.

He also beat the incumbent South African champion in the event.

Gena Lofstrand from St Mary’s set a record in the Girl’s under 17 1 500 metres of four minutes and 42,8 seconds. This broke the previous record by 15 seconds.

The third record went to Thingo Tshabalala from Maritzburg College who jumped 13,99 metres to break the record in the boy’s under 16 triple jump.

In addition to the gold medals above the following won gold:

Under 17 boys : Ntandaso Mtshengu (DHS) High jump

Under 16 boys: Nhlakanipho Zulu (DHS) 800 m, Roland Pienaar (Howick) Discus, Luyanda Sibiya (M College) High jump

Under 15 boys: Eugh Nyakabau (Treverton) High jump, Anthony Mwanga (DHS) Long jump & Triple jump

Under 19 birls: Kelly-Jane Price (Treverton) Javelin

Under 17 birls: Charnice Marnce (Fast Feet) 100 m and 200 m, Kelly Jacquire (King Edward) High jump, Kylee McCloughlin (Treverton) Triple jump, Gena Lofstrand (St Mary’s) 800 m

Under 15 girls: Micaela Johnson (GHS) 800 m, Caitlin Millitz (TWC) High jump

Under 14 girls: Cassidy Williamson (DGC) 200 m

A further eight athletes gained silver medals and four won bronze medals. According to the manager Riane Botha from Treverton, it was a great set of results at an extremely well-organised meeting with athletics at the top standard.

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