Expectations are high for medals at SAs

Amos Khoza.

“Being able to defend my title is obviously something I think about. It will be tough, as I compete in the u/17 age group. At the end of the day, my performance is a gift from God and just to do what I love is already enough for me,” said Nolwazi.

This will be her fifth consecutive year travelling with the Mpumalanga team to SA Schools.

Nolwazi Mashaba.

At Mussas in Secunda earlier this month, she opened her campaign with a leap of 5,66 metres in long jump and launched a distance of 12,31 metres in triple jump. She also improved on her distances since interhigh earlier this year.

“My coach, Johan (Kruger), and I worked on my run-up as I struggle to run straight. I feel more comfortable going into tomorrow’s race,” said Nolwazi.

Hoërskool Rob Ferreira’s long-jump star, Ashaan Sebastian Greaver (u/14) is also in Durban.

Last year’s winning distance of 6,86 metres was set by Marno April of Western Cape. Ashaan’s personal best distance is 6,40 metres.

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“For most of the younger athletes, they have to compete in older age groups. Athletes like Ashaan are only 14 years old, but he needs to compete with the u/15s. It is still a great opportunity for our athletes to measure themselves among the country’s best,” said sport and developing official at Rob, Stefan van der Merwe.

Current SA School’s champion, Amos Khoza, pocketed two gold medals at Mussas in the 800 metres (01:55:81) and
400 metres (48,32).

Nerina Visser.

There is a distinct possibility that Amos will place first in the 400 metres, as last year’s winning time was 49 seconds.

According to Hoërskool Nelspruit athletics specialist, DP Badenhorst, Douw Kruger, Jacques Marais, Joshua Maass, Stefan Smit, Nerina Visser and Naas Marais have a very good chance of podium-place finishes.

“The competition is extremely tough. We will have to wait and see what the athletes can produce. Anything is possible,” said Badenhorst.

Hoërskool Nelspruit
U/15 Girls
• Christine Kruger – shot put (11,30m)
• Shana Scott – discus (29,76m), shot put (11,04m)
U/15 Boys
• Douw Kruger – shot put (15,89m), javelin (50,46m)
• Jacques Marais – discus (53,65m), shot put (15,53m)
• Kendrick Salmans – 800m (02:06:23)
• Lourens Potgieter – 100m (11,26sec), 200m (23,34sec)
• Marcel Saayman – javelin (50,88m)
• Xander Rutherford – discus (52,06m)
U/17 Girls
• Marné van Aarde – javelin (36,73m), shot put (12,05m)
• Jessica Berry – 1 500m (04:54:56)
• Nicola Cronje – 800m (02:21:27), 400m (59,48)
U/17 Boys
• Joshua Maass – javelin (62,39m)
• Ruan Labuschagne – 400m-hurdles (54,48sec)
• Stefan Smit – discus (50,39m), javelin (59,69m)
• Tertius Mentz – 800m (01:56:12)
• Wian Otto – shot put (16m)
U/19 Girls
• Anke Engelbrecht – long jump (5,26m)
• Nerina Visser – 400m-hurdles (66,38sec)
U/19 Boys
• Henco Pieters – discus (43,20m)
• Naas Marais – shot put (16,24m),
discus (51,76m).

Lowveld High
Girls U/15
• Nolwazi Mashaba – long jump (5,66m), triple jump (12,31m)
U/17 Boys
• Malungis Nhlakanipo – triple jump (13,45m)
U/19 Girls
• Gugu Nkambule – long jump (5,45m)
U/19 Boys
• Bongani Nkosi – 800m (01:56:09)
• Frank Muwayi – triple jump (14,06m)
• Norbert Ponisammy – 100m (10,17sec), 200m (21,57sec), long jump (7,53m).

Hoërskool Bergvlam
U/15 Girls
• Sumari van Staden – 3 000m (11:15:17)
U/17 Boys
• Temilton Njabula – long jump (6,68m).

Hoërskool Rob Ferreira
U/15 Boys
• Ashaan Sebastian Greaver – long jump (6,40m)
• Bobby Madonsela – 100m (11,27sec), 200m (23,19sec)
• Junior Mondlane – triple jump (12,69m)
• Markus Klopper – 100m-hurdles (13,64sec)
• Thapelo Nkuna – high jump (1,85m), triple jump (12,92m)
• Vuyo Ndlovu – 100m (11,17sec), 200m (22,90sec)
U/17 Girls
• Lusanda Mbatsane – triple jump (10,36m)
U/17 Boys
• Amos Khoza – 800m (01:55:81), 400m (48,32)
• Nkosana Mpinga – 100m (10,79sec), 200m (21,94sec)
• Thebogo Maseema – triple jump (13,86m), long jump (6,90m)
U/19 Boys
• Adriaan Odendaal – high jump (1,90m)
• Christopher Thompson – 200m (22,09sec), 100m (10,74sec)
• Thulani Lekhuleni – 1 500m (04:07:09).

Penryn College
U/17 Girls
• Bethel Makoni – long jump, 5,49m
U/19 Boys
• Oliver Ratnaraja – 400m, 49,09.

Carli Koch
Sports Editor

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