Athletes show promise

2018-03-14 06:01

The University of the Free State’s athletic team hopes to cultivate talent through this year’s varsity athletics meetings.

The series will continue at the Tuks Athletics Stadium in Pretoria on 23 March. It will follow the first meeting that was held at the same venue earlier this month.

The Kovsie team pins their hope on a strong squad of 13 athletes – five men and eight women. The Kovsie team boasts youthful team of 25 still under the age of 21.

The hope for medals among the men rests on the shoulders of Sefako Mokhosoa (triple jump), Hendrik Maartens and Tsebo Matsoso (both 200 m).

Mokhosoa, who represented South Africa at the Southern Region Championship last year, is in red-hot form and achieved a personal best distance of 16,13 m at the Motheo-Xhariep meeting held two weeks ago.

This is currently the third best distance in the country achieved in 2018.

Maartens hopes to improve on last year’s form and end on the podium with a gold medal.

In last year’s final varsity meeting, he finished second in a time of 20.62 seconds.

Great things are expected of Matsoso, a first-year student who competed at the African Junior Championship last year.

He was one of the top athletes at school level and won the South African title in a time of 21.14 seconds.

Ts’epang Sello (800 m) and Elmé Smith (100 m and 200 m) will lead the charge for the women.

Sello already came close to her personal best (2:09.8) this year, while Smith has also been running fast times. Her best this year was 11.88 (100 m) and 24.53 (200 m).

Tyler Beling (1 500 m) is another first-year student who shows great potential. She obtained a fourth place at the CAA Southern Region Cross-country Championship.

Maryke Brits (100 m hurdles and long jump) is also a possible medallist.

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