Records tumble at invitation meeting

2009-09-08 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg and Districts Invitation meeting hosted by Howick High School on Saturday was another successful event. Last year the event was held concurrently with the Clover Top 8 meeting at King’s Park and as it was on the tartan track, records from the 2008 meeting did not count.

On Saturday there were 10 records broken or equalled, with conditions ideal until late morning when the wind got up and temperatures rose. From the five records that were broken and two equalled in 2007, there is an increase of three this year.

Justine Palframan now holds the 100 metres and 400 m records in the U14 and U16 age groups. Her mother Trevlyn (nee Mayo), still holds the 200 m record in the U14 and U18 age groups, as well as the U18 100 m record running for Howick in the early eighties­.

Older daughter Katelyn is joint holder of the U15 1 000 m record.

Justine eliminated another of her mother’s records when she won the U16 200 m in 24,31 seconds, taking 1,4 seconds off the record which her mother has held since 1984. Older daughter Katelyn also broke the U18 long jump record with a leap of 5,25 metres.

Justine was undoubtedly the female­ athlete of the day as she broke three records. She took just over three seconds off the U16 400 m record clocking 56,78 seconds. She then broke the U16 100 m record when timed at 12,06 seconds, beating the old record of 12,9 seconds. Then it was her mother’s record in the U16 200 m that she broke.

The male athlete of the day was Quintin Hitge of Port Natal, who also broke three U16 records. He increased  the  long  jump  record  by 40 centimetres, jumping 6,59 m and in the sprints broke both the 100 m in a time of 10:97 seconds and the 200 m by almost a second running in 22,63 seconds.

These two sprint records broke Sibusiso Sishi’s records set in 2001. Sishi­ ran for South Africa in the Beijing Olympics.

Other records were broken by Annalie­ Puren of Port Natal who threw 29,67 m in the U14 girls’ discus, adding one centimetre to the record. Epworth’s Jordan Peek equalled the girl’s U14 record in the 1 500 m running in a time of 4:44,7. The only other boys’ record to be broken was by Kevin Botha of Voortrekker who took 0,1 seconds off the U14 400 m running in a time of 54,7 seconds.

The successful meeting bodes well for the team when they represent KZN at Grey College next term. There are a few athletes who were not present at Howick on Saturday but are eligible for selection. The team to represent the KZN Invitation team at the Grey College will be announced shortly.

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