DESPITE missing out on the top places, Victoria Park High athletes Reece Brower and Cayla Seddon ended the season on a high when they competed in the South African Secondary Schools Championships in Polokwane last month.
Brower made the final in the under-19 high jump, but he was not able to clear his personal best height of 1.94m and finished the competition in fifth position.
Seddon had a fantastic meeting her events of the U17 100m hurdles and the 200m.
She finished her 100m hurdle semifinal in second position, recording a personal best time of 14.23 seconds to qualify for the final.
Seddon went on to record another personal best time of 25.22 in the 200m semifinals, convincingly winning her race.
She came up against strong competition in the final and had to dig very deep to get podium position, ending up deservedly winning the bronze medal in the 100m hurdles final in a time of 14.41. She finished behind Taylor Bieldt (Gauteng), who won the gold medal in 13.61, and Thea Pemberthy (Gauteng), who took the silver in 14.00.
Seddon went on to bag a second bronze medal in the 200m with a time of 25.57, finishing behind Pemberthy (25.05) and Megan Phillips (Gauteng, 25.32).
The VP athlete clinched a third medal in the 4x100m relay when she ran the first bend, setting up the third place finish for the Eastern Cape side.
The Polokwane meeting was soon followed by the ASA Sub-Youth, Youth, Junior and U23 Championships in Stellenbosch early this month.
VP were also privileged to have school coaches Thobela Thoba and Jessi Heatley appointed as the EP athletics coaches.
As normal, the competition at the ASA Champs was extremely fierce, with the incentive of gaining selection for various teams to represent South Africa in different continental and international competitions.
Brower found the competition very high and although reaching the final, he was unable to clear 1.90m.
As an indication of how strong the competition was, the eventual winner for junior men (U19) won with a height of 2.20m. Brower is now ranked ninth in the junior ranks.
Seddon suffered a dip in form for her hurdles event, although she qualified for the finals taking fourth place in her semifinal. She went on to finish seventh in a time of 14.48.
She won her 200m semifinal convincingly with a new personal best time of 25.05. In the final, she was drawn in lane five and won her fourth bronze medal in two weeks.
She recorded another personal best time in the 200m, dipping under the 25-second mark for the first time in her career when she ran 24.95.