THE ninth edition of the Prince Edward School sprints challenge invitational tournament roars into life on 20 February with over twenty schools expected to battle for honours.
Apart from Prince Edward the tournament will be graced by perennial rivals Peterhouse, St Georges College and St Johns College. The Saints will feel they have an edge as they come into the tournament as defending champions following a dominant sprint display in last year ‘s edition in which they outclassed Prince Edward and Petehouse Boys en route to clinching the title. The girls’ category will also have its own spills and thrills with Arundel Girls High lining up as the defending champions.
More than anything else, it will be the bragging rights on offer that will spur the athletes to go the extra stride in outwitting their opponents on the day. The 100 and 200-metre sprint challenge class is often the most intriguing of the races on offer on the day and it will be interesting which school takes the honours in this class.
The sprints challenge will also encompass the 400m and all relays from under 12 to under 18 age groups. Other top schools expected to participate at the event include Churchill, Chisipite Senior School, Gateway, Mufakose High 2, Peterhouse, St Johns College, St Georges College among others. Prince Edward sports director and Harare Athletics Board chairman, Sebastian Garikai said preparations for the sprints jamboree were at an advanced stage with organisers looking forward to a high level of competition.
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