Western Cape High Schools’ Championships, in Paarl
Boland’s Katinka Louw, centre, dominated the girls’ under-17 200m and 400m events to claim the gold medals in a time of 24.8 and 57.31 seconds, at the Western Cape High Schools’ Championships, in Paarl, last weekend. Photo by Keagan Mitchell
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With the conclusion of the Western Cape High Schools’ Championships, at Dal Josafat Stadium, in Paarl, last weekend, it was yet again Boland who dominated the competition.
The WC High Schools’ Championships saw the top athletes from the Western Province, Boland and South-Western District battle for a spot in the Western Cape team that will take part at the national high schools’ championships, in Potchefstroom, in the North-West Province, on Thursday.
However, some of these athletes will not only compete at SA High Schools’ Champs but also at Athletics South Africa(ASA) youth and junior championships, in Paarl, next month.
Among Boland’s top female sprinters was Katinka Louw who dominated the girls’ under-17 200m and 400m events to claim the gold medals in a time of 24.8 and 57.31 seconds. The youngster, a Grade 10 pupil from La Rochelle Girls’ High School has already tasted gold in the 400m at the SA schools’ champs, in Bloemfontein, in 2016. A year later, Katinka from Franschhoek ran a personal best of 55.17 seconds in the girls’ under-15 400m event, only to finish second behind Kwazulu-Natal’s Amy Naude who won the event in a time of 54.73 seconds. Despite only being a sub-youth athlete last year, the youngster still went on to finished in third place in the girls’ under-18 400m event, at the ASA youth and junior championships, at the Green Point track, in Cape Town.
Paul Roos Gymnasium high jumpers Breyton Poole and Reece Montsumi had a great day at the office after they both won their events with ease. The world youth champion ended the competition on 2.18m in the boys’ under-19 category while Reece mastered 1.90m in the boys’ under-15 section. The two will be favourites to take the gold medal at the SA High Schools’ championships.
Bloemhof Girls’ High School’s Mieke Basson was in a class of her own after she ran and jumped a personal best of 14.29 seconds and 5.95m in the girls’ under-17 100m hurdles and long jump events to take the gold medals. Despite the youngster missing out on SA schools’ and the ASA youth and junior champs last year, Mieka from Strand has been in great form this year and should be someone to watch out for at nationals. In 2016, the lanky athlete just missed out on a podium finish after she finished fourth and fifth, in the girls’ under-16 long jump and 90m hurdles events, at the ASA sub-youth championships, in Johannesburg,
Anro van Eeden from Montagu could not ask for a better outing, following his gold medal performance with a distance of 70.42m in the javelin event. The Grade 12 pupil from Worcester Gymnasium has been a regular at national competitions but his best finish was a second place at last year’s SA schools’ and ASA youth and junior championships. He has thrown over 70metres on a number of occasions this season and will be a force to be reckoned with come nationals.
Boland did not have it all their way as Western Province schools’ dominated in certain events. Brackenfell High School’s Jayson Weber was in fine form to take the boys’ under-17 200m title in a time of 21.5 seconds. However, the lanky athlete was pushed all the way by Boland’s Adrian Swart. Jayson who was champion in the boys’ under-17 200m event at last year’s SA schools’ and came third in the same event at the ASA youth and junior champs came into the competition high on confidence after he won the boys’ 400m sprint event in a time of 48.56 seconds, at the Western Province Athletics junior championships earlier this month. The youngster from Parow could not repeat his performance in the 200m sprints after he finished second behind UWC athletics clubs Luke Davids who won the competition in 21.39 seconds.
Western Cape Sport School Azile Madini consistent season continues after he won the boys’ 19 110m hurdles in a seasons best time of 14.02 seconds, followed by Paarl Boys’ Jason October and Brackenfell High School’s Liam Pietersen. Azile, a bronze medallist at last year’s SA schools’ has been in great shape all season and should be among the favourites at nationals.
Kayla Smit also a pupil at Brackenfell High School who has been a regular at SA schools’ and the ASA youth and junior championships was again at her very best when she won the girls’ under-17 hammer throw event with a distance of 53.73m which was also a new Western Cape Schools’ record. Kayla from Bellville left the competition with two medals after she finished third in the girls’ under-17 shot put event.
Western Province’s Jarred Africa, Darren Brown and Jade Filanie were in a league of their own after they made it a clean sweep in the boys’ under-15 100m sprints.
South-Western Districts(SWD) Meike Strydom dominated the girls’ under-19 shot put event with a distance of 15.54metres to win the gold medal. The youngster who finished fifth in the girls’ under-18 shot put event at last year’s world youth championships, in Kenya won the gold medal at the second-leg of the Grand Prix Series meets, in Pretoria and came second at the ASA senior and combined events championships, this past weekend.
Written by Keagan Mitchell