The surprise race of the day at the Watershed Cross Country meet was the U15 girls race where the whole lead pack finished with impressive sub-15 minute times. The winner, T. Mamoyo of Gateway finished in 14.08, followed by A. Kuipers of Peterhouse in second place.
The top ten U15 finishers all crossed the line in under 14.55 and would have finished ahead of the 2nd place victor had they been competing in the Open (U19) girls’ race. Peterhouse clearly has a strong field of girls to watch in the future, as their runners finished second and fourth through seventh, with Arundel fielding the eighth and ninth place runners in this fast heat.
Margaret Mano and Emma Swanepoel of Arundel who finished eighth and ninth respectively in the U15 race registered the best times for the whole Arundel team. Their two sub-15 minute times -14 mins 47 seconds and 14 mins 54 seconds – were over 20 seconds faster than the fastest time registered by Arundel’s top senior runner.
All three girls’ races were 4.2 km, with the fastest run by Peterhouse Girls’ Alex Wood, who won the Open Category in a time of 13.59. Wood finished nearly a full minute ahead of second place finisher, teammate S. White’s 14.55. M. Mhona of Lomagundi won the girls U17 in 14.20 followed by S. Matombo of Chisipite who trailed her closely, earning second in 14.22.
On the boys’ side, the excitement was a one-two victory in the Open Boys’ 7.4 km race by Prince Edward teammates T. Gambe in 23.03 and T, Mutomhodzi in 23.15. Peterhouse famed cross country athlete and triathlete Gideon Benade had to settle for third. In the U17 race of 6.5 km, Alfred Chawonza of St George’s won in a respectable 19.40 followed by T. Musariri of Prince Edward in second in 20.35.