VICTORIA Park athletes enjoyed a tough opener to the season when they took part in the Clover meeting in Bloemfontein at the weekend, hosted by Grey College, Oranje Meisies and Kovsies (Free State University).
There were 21 top athletics high schools from around the country at the meeting and this provided the VP athletes with stiff competition.
The VP competitors found it tough going against their experienced counterparts, but it made them aware of the hard work which lies ahead.
However, there were some good VP performances. Cayla Seddon, who won Eastern Cape High Schools titles in the long jump, 200m and 100m hurdles, came back brilliantly to win the hurdles event in a good time of 15.42 after experiencing disappointment in her other two events.
Qhamani Plaatjie ran a personal best of 11.72 seconds in the boys U17 100m and placed 14th overall.
Reece Brower, who is the Eastern Cape High Schools high jump champion, won a bronze medal in the boys U17 high jump with a height of 1.80m.
This week the athletes prepare for the Tams Top 10 competition, which will be held in Cradock on Saturday.
Kingswood do well
KINGSWOOD Junior athletes dominated the Independent Schools meeting held recently at the Westbourne Oval by winning 25 of the 74 events. First places went to Zinathi Mbenyana (girls U12 100m and cricket ball throw), Bridget Mildenhall (girls U11 800m), Alutha Tonjeni (boys Open long jump and 200m), Tatum Schwedhelm (girls Open shot put), Joshua von Holdt (boys U12 cricket ball throw and shot put), Kuhle Gontshi (girls U12 shot put), Jesse Christie (boys U12 high jump), Catherine Jones (girls U9 75m), Abongile Klaas (boys U12 100m and 200m), Neo Mkatini (boys U12 long jump), Luke Grove (boys Open 800m), Luke Kelly (boys U9 75m and cricket ball throw – record), Gizelle de Klerk (girls U11 cricket ball throw – record) and Damilola Odunuga (boys U10 cricket ball throw), Cole van der Merwe (boys U10 100m).
The Kingswood relay teams were also in fine form, winning five of the 10 relays run on the day – boys U9 (record), U12 and Open, girls U9 and U12.