SA Schools Preview

It’s all systems go for the South African High Schools Championships at the Nelson Mandela University Stadium in Port Elizabeth today.

 

The competition will see some of the countries top athletes do battle for the national title.

 

Amy Naude will look to go one step better after she finished second behind Carla Hattingh in the girls under-17 400m sprints last year. It was the same result in the girls U18 400m sprints at the Athletics South Africa (ASA) Youth and Junior Championships in Paarl. Amy has been doing well this season and will look to go one step better by becoming champion.

 

Rhenish Girls’ High School’s Nicole Louw has had a wonderful season thus far. Opening her season with a victory in the girls u19 1500m event at the Puma School of Speed to dominating the Western Cape Schools Championships in the girls U19 800m even. She will look to continue from where she left off last season.

 

Kayla van der Bergh has been unbeaten at school and club level meets this season.  The youngster who represented South African at the Youth Olympic Games last year was crowned champion in the girls U17 100m hurdles event at the North West High Schools Championships earlier this month.

 

Hoёrskool’s Transvalia Sherѐ Janse van Rensburg has had a consistent start to the season. In her most recent outing she clinched the silver medals in the girls U19 100m and 200m sprints clocking 12.19 seconds and 24.94 seconds respectively at the Gauteng Schools Championships Last year she finished second  in the girls U17 200m sprints at the SA Schools Championships in Potchefstroom. A few weeks later, she finished second in the girls U18 200m sprints at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships.

 

Cape Town’s Kayla Smit will have her eye on the gold medal in the girls U19 hammer throw event. This comes after she finished second in the girls U17 hammer throw event at last year’s Championships in Potchefstroom. Kayla threw a new provincial record of 51.48m in the girls U19 hammer throw event at the Western Cape Schools Championships in Paarl last month.

 

Phatutshedzo Maswanganyi has been on top of his game this season. The Grade 12 pupil at St Alban’s College bagged gold in the boys U20 100m and 200m sprints clocking a personal best of 10.26 and 20.81 seconds respectively at the AGN Championships Earlier this month Maswanganyi claimed first position in the boys U19 100m sprints to stop the clock at 10.34 seconds at the Gauteng Schools Championships. He went on to win his second gold of the competition with a leap of 7.41m in the boys U19 long jump event.

 

Sinesipho Dambile has been in a class of his own this season. Dambile ran a personal best of 20.33 seconds in the boys U18 200m sprints heats. He followed that up with a gold medal in the 200m finals clocking 20.44 seconds. Earlier this month he took the gold medal in the boys U17 200m sprints clocking 20.50 seconds at the Gauteng Schools Championships.

 

Central Gauteng Athletics Lythe Pillay has been in fine form this season. The young speedster took gold in the boys u17 400m sprints clocking 46.44 seconds at the Gauteng Schools Championships. Leading up to the Championships he bagged gold in the boys u18 400m sprints clocking 46.81 seconds at the CGA Youth and Junior Championships at Germiston Stadium.  Pillay has been clocking sub 47 seconds on a number of times this season and will hope to continue his form at the Championships.

 

Itheko Sport Athletics Club’s Mujaahid Ismail will look to make a statement on the national stage.  The Grade 10 pupil at Portland High School in Mitchells Plain Cape Town has been unbeaten at school and club competitions this this season. In his most recent outing he claimed the gold medal in the boys U15 100m and 300m hurdles events clocking 13.21 and 38.67 seconds respectively at the Western Cape Schools Championships in Paarl.

 

Bellville Athletics Club’s Reece Montsumi has continued from where he left off last season. Montsumi was crowned the boys U15 SA high jump champion with a height of 1.95m last year  In his two recent competition, Montsumi jumped 1.95m to finish in first place at the Western Cape Schools Championships and Western Province Athletics U16/U18/U20 Championships.

Written by Keagan Mitchell