Spectacle at Puma School of Speed – Paarl

 

Caption :Paul Roos Gymnasuim’s Reece Montsumi won the boys’ under-15 high jump event with a height of 1.90m at the Puma School of Speed, in Paarl, earlier this week.

 

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An innovation to discover young talent between the ages of 14 and 19 years old across South Africa, athletes put up a show to remember, at the fourth-leg of the Puma School of Speed Series, in Paarl, on Monday, February 26.

They could have not asked for a better setting than Dal Josafat Stadium as the weather conditions were perfect for a track and field competition.

The event which was held last year for the first time lived up to expectations which left fans off their seats and beaming with pride.

Cape Town’s Bottelary athletics club and HTS Drosday coaches would have been smiling of the way their middle-distance runners performed and set the tone for the rest of the rest of the evening. Among the standout middle-distance events was the boys under-16 800m events where Bottelary’s Quen Jacobs was leading for most of the race only to be over taken in the last 80m by second-placed Duvan Faro from Tygerberg High School and Paarl Gymnasium’s Gaiwan Jantjies who won the event in a time of 1:59:88.

Someone we should watch for is Paul Roos Gymnasuim’s Reece Montsumi who jumped 1.90m to win the gold medal in the boys’ under-15 high jump event.  The youngster who has medalled at SA schools’ for the past two consecutive years has a personal best of 1.95m that he jumped at a Western Province Athletics(WPA) open meet, at the Green Point track, in November. He is certainly on the right path to follow in the footsteps of his school mate and world youth champion Breyton Poole who is gearing up for the commonwealth games, in Australia, in April.   Paarl Girls’ Kristi Snyman who won the gold medal in the girls’ under-18 high jump event at the SA schools’ and ASA youth and junior championships last year was also in action. The youngster from Durbanville won the gold medal with a height of 1.70m in the girls’ under-19 high jump event.

Juli Vercuiel from Stellenberg High School consistent track and field season continues after she ran a personal best of 55.81 seconds in the girls’ under-19 400m sprints to take the gold medal.  The young speedster came into the Puma School of Speed full of confidence after she ran a season’s best of 61.73 seconds in the girls’ under-20 400m hurdles to take the gold medal, at the WPA league 3 meet, in Parow, this past Saturday.

Western Cape Sport Schools’ Azile Madini who won the gold medal in the boys’ under-19 110m hurdles at the WP High Schools’ Northern Zone Championships this past weekend followed that up with another stellar performance at the Puma School of Speed.  He won the boys’ under-19 110m hurdles in a seasons best time of 14.03 seconds. However, the bronze medallist at last year’s SA schools’ did not have it all his way as pushed till the end by Paarl Boys’ Jason October who finished in second place with a time of 14.40 seconds. These are just a few of the Western Cape’s top short distance hurdlers who dominated on the night and will hope to follow in the footsteps of African and South African 110m hurdles record holder Antonio Alkana.

The highlight of the night was when the fastest 200m youth athlete in the world for 2018 thus far Luke Davids took to the track.  The lanky athlete who runs for UWC could not ask for a better way to start off his competition when he breezed through the 200m heat in a time of 21.74 seconds. It was perfect sprinting conditions and Luke made the most of it in the boys’ under-17 200m final with a winning time of 21.22 seconds.

 

Written by Keagan Mitchell