Western Province Athletics(WPA) trio shines at their respective inter-school meets,in Cape Town.
Stellenberg High School’s Juli Vercuiel was in form in the girls’ under-19 100m and 400m hurdles events. She also won the 400m sprint event in a time of 56.27 at the MTBS athletics meet, at the Green Point
Juli Vercuiel, Luke Davids and Jayson Weber could have not asked for a better way to get their Western Province high school’s athletics season underway.
The trio who have been hard at work since the 2017/2018 track and field season got underway and did not disappoint the thousands of fans who came out to support them.
Juli, 18, a Grade 12 pupil at Stellenberg High School was in fine form on the track which was enough to see her school win their sixth consecutive MTBS title, at the Green Point track.
The meet which is one of the biggest inter-school competitions in the country has been dominated by Bellville’s DF Malan since its inception in 1994. However, Stellenberg have been walking away with bragging rights in recent years.
The young speedster from Durbanville won the girls’ under-19 400m hurdles and sprint events in a time of 62.87 and 56.27 seconds. She also won the girls’ under-19 100m hurdles and was part of the girls’ under-19 relay team that came second behind DF Malan who got the better of them. Juli also won the Victrix Ludorum award which is the highest ASA points total in all age groups for girls over three events.
At the weekend, Juli won the girls’ under-20 400m hurdles in a time of 62.04 seconds at a WPA league 2 meet, at the Green Point track. This time sees the youngster ranked 11th on the IAAF girls’ under-20 400m hurdles listing.
Earlier this month she won the girls’ under-20 400m hurdles and came second in the 200m sprints in a time of 63.48 and 25.01 seconds, at the WPA junior meet, at the Parow athletics track. These are just a few of the track and field competitions that the lanky has taken part in this year.
The young speedster was also named in the South African preparation squad for the world junior championships, in Finland, in July. She was selected for the 400m sprints and hurdles but must prove herself during the season ahead of the final selection.
Meanwhile, Parow High School’s Luke Davids classy performances was not enough to see his school be crowned champions after Brackenfell walked away with the Co-Ed A title for the seventh consecutive year.
Luke won the boys’ under-17 100m and 200m sprint events with ease. He was also part of the boys’ under-17 4x100m relay team that won gold.
Earlier the month, Luke ran a 10.71 and 21.07 seconds to win the gold medal in the boys’ under-18 100m and 200m sprints, at the WPA open and combined events meet at the Green Point track.
In December, he won the boys’ under-18 100m sprint in 10.86 seconds, at the WPA summer series meet, at the Green Point track.
Also, Brackenfell High School’s Jayson Weber won the boys’ under-17 400m sprints and came second in the 200m sprints, at the Co-Ed A meet, at the Bellville Velodrome. While he was also part of the boys’ under-17 relay team that came second.
Earlier this month, Jayson won the boys’ under-18 400m sprints and came second in the 200m sprints in a time of 49.91 and 21.37 seconds at the WPA open and combined events meet at the Green Point track.
The lanky athlete has had a consistent start to the season, however the young speedster peaks to his full potential when it matters most.
The trio will have one eye set on the on the SA schools’ and the ASA youth and junior championships, in March and April respectively.
Written by Keagan Mitchell