Peterhouse Speedster, Michael Songore has had a great start this year. From earlier on in the year he has won his races and most of them in a comfortable fashion. The St George’s Athletics Meet held yesterday(March 2nd) was no exception for the 16-year-old lad. Songore took part in three individual sprint events, no need to mention that he came first in all three, he broke the previous records for all three races. He ran the 100m race in a record time of 10.7 seconds, the 400m race was also done in a record time of 50.2 seconds. His final individual race, the 200m race was done in a record time of 21.9 seconds.
However it turned out to be a good day for most athletes with a number of records being smashed during the course of the event. The Under-20 Peterhouse high jumper, Paradzwa came just four centimetres shy of clearing two metres on his way to setting a new record. Paradzwa added six more centimetres to the previous record which was 1.9 metres to leave it at 1.96 metres.
Tinashe Muchena of St George’s Colleges set the bar higher, literally, in the Under-17 high jump event setting a new record at 1.88 metres. Eight centimetres better than the previous record. St John’s College 13-year-old jumper, James also set a new record in the U14 high jump event. Records were smashed all day in other events as well such as Javelin, Shot Put, Long Jump and Tripple Jump. An update of all records broken will follow.
Despite the brilliant individual perfomances displayed by the young boys it was the team effort that was more important on the day as always. St George’s used their home advantage well managing to keep the Peterhouse threat a distance away for the greater part of the day. St John’s and Prince Edward also put up a good display securing first place finishes in some of their events.
Overall, Heritage came eighth out of eight schools followed by newboys Cornway College. Hellenic Academy was placed sixth behind the St George’s College second team in fifth position and Prince Edward School placed fourth. With 412 points was St John’s College in third position. In a league of their own was Peterhouse in second and St George’s College first team in first place. Peterhouse scored 501 points while the victors of the day scored 524 points.