Athletics: KZN Invitation team represented at 24 meetings

2011-02-15 00:00

THE Invitation Athletics team from KwaZulu-Natal, initially a Pietermaritzburg and Districts team in earlier­ years, is the only team, together with hosts Menlo Park, to have been represented at each of the 24 prestigious meetings at this venue.

Rianne Botha from Treverton, who is the organiser of athletics in the KZN midlands, said that it was “the most outstanding meeting yet and that the team was treated like royalty”. Unfortunately the star of the team, Justine Palframan from Eshowe, a junior South African athlete, injured a hamstring in her first event, the 200 metres, and was unable to take part any further. She would likely have won all of her sprints and possibly set a record or two.

The KZN team, competing against seven teams, neverthe- less­ came back with 32 top-three places, where there were up to 16 athletes in some events. Three athletes were placed in three events — Quinton Hitge from Port Natal won the boys’ U19 100 m, 200 m and was a member of the winning 4x100 m relay; Ross Marshall (Treverton) was also a member of the U19 winning relay team and was second in the 400 m and triple jump; Lushano Smit (Durban Girls’ College) was second in the girls’ U17 800 m and 1 500 m and was third in the 400 m.

Simone Meyer from Pionier, set a new record in the girls’ U19 discus with 47 metres (884 Absa points), where she is placed third in the world in this event and also won the shot put. Glenwood’s Sonwa Skhosana, the son of KZN Athletics president Aleck Skhosana­, also won two events, the boys’ U16 200 m (21,9”) and 400 m (49,8”). He was awarded the victor ludorum for his Absa points of 1 049 and 947 respectively in these sprints.

Another outstanding performance was in the boys’ U14 high jump, where Luyanda Sibisi (Maritzburg­ College) jumped 1,76 m to gain 1 026 Absa points and be awarded a medal for the best male high jumper at the meeting. Jacques du Plessis, a former Kearsney boy in his first year at high school, now at Ermelo­, won the U19 discus. He has represented South Africa and is a junior world champion.

Fourth places were also announced this year and have been named in the results.


First places:

Girls’: U19: S. Meyer (Pionier) discus, shot put.

U17: R. Coetzee (Port Natal) high jump

Boys’: U19: Q. Hitge (Port Natal) 100 m, 200 m; 4x100 m relay

U16: S. Skhosana (Glenwood) 200 m, 400 m; K. Paverol (Westville) long jump;

U15: R. Pienaar (Howick) discus

U14: L. Sibisi (M College) high jump

Second places:

Girls’: U19: L. Smit (Dbn Girl’s College) 800 m, 1500 m

U16: M. Anderson (Kingsway) long jump

Boys’: U19: R. Marshall (Treverton) 400 m, triple jump; W. Smit (Voortrekker) high jump

U17: K. Botha (Voortrekker) high jump; C. Donkin (DHS) discuss

U16: M. Shawe (Voortrekker) long jump; 4x100 m relay

Third places:

Girls’: U17: L. Smit (DGC) 400 m;

U16 C. Marnce (Fast Feet) 100 m

U15 R. Groom (St Johns) 100 m

Boys’: U16: G. Jooste (Michaelhouse) 800 m; T. Mtshengu (DHS) high jump

U15: P. Zondi (Greytown) 100 m; D. Palframan (DHS) 400 m; I. van Zuydam (Treverton) high jump; J. Coetzee (Glenwood) long jump; R. Pienaar (Howick­) shot put

U14: R. Vermaak (M College) 400 m

Fourth places:

Girls’: U17: K McLoughlin (Treverton) 400 m hurdles­

U16: C. Potgieter (Voortrekker) 400 m

U14: T. van der Merwe (St Anne’s) 200 m hurdles, 90 m hurdles; D. Kleynhans (CKS) 200m; C. Peek (Epworth) 1 500 m; 4x100 m relay

Boys’: U19: E. Mongwambe (DHS) long jump

U17: M. Masondo (M College) 110 m hurdles; R. McLaren (Hilton) 400 m; M. Hayes (DHS) shot put

U16: B. Tyrer (M College) 800 m

U15: 4x100 m relay

U14: L. Madondo (M College) 300 m hurdles; 4x100 m relay

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