Local athletes do well at Menlopark

2013-02-12 00:00

SCHOOL athletics in KZN is relatively small, but there are some quality athletes who compete each year in meetings at Grey College and Menlopark when they represent a Pietermaritzburg and Districts team.

Menlopark have just completed their 50th anniversary meeting and the PMB & Districts team were acknowledged as the visiting team who have competed the longest at the prestigious meeting.

The managers of the team, Rianne Botha, of Treverton, and Ailsa Greyling. of Maritzburg College, were presented with medals for being the longest-serving members of a competing team. Botha has been at the meetings over 24 years and Greyling not far behind, at 21 meetings.

The team of 80 athletes returned with 12 first, 11 second, nine third and 15 fourth places.

They again produced the top performance of the day in the girl’s track events. Gena Lofstrand, of St Mary’s in Kloof, won the award for the KZN team. Lofstrand had two magnificent wins in the Girl’s U18 800 m and 1 500 m events. She broke a 36-year-old record in the 1 500 m.

Other first places went to Williamson in the U15 100 and 200 m. Sonwa Skosana from Glenwood won the U19 100 and 200 m races. Lindo Matiyesi (DHS) was a winner in the U19 age group, winning the triple jump with a record-breaking leap of 14,64 m.

Skosana came in second in the 400 m.

There were three first places in the Boys’ U17 events, with Thingo Tshabalala (Maritzburg College) breaking the triple jump record with a distance of 14,22 m.

Roland Pienaar (Howick) won the discus and Thandaso Mtshengu (DHS) the high jump.

One first place was gained in the Girls’ U16 by Caitlin Militz (TWC) in the high jump and one in the Boys’ U16 by Anthony Mwanga (DHS) in the long jump.

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