SSN’s First Time Trials Clock Success

SSN, in partnership with EducationUSA, held our inaugural electronically timed sprint trials Saturday (23 May 2015) for top student athletes at Harare International School in Mount Pleasant. Officially launching the first mobile FinishLynx fully automated timing system available for school-based athletics events in Zimbabwe, SSN invited top athletes to compete not for medals or places, but for times.

The SSN electronic time trial series aims to change the culture of high school athletics in Zimbabwe to be a sport where serious student athletes train and compete year-round and not just in the first term of the school year, and where they mark their progression by improving times which are verifiable and accessible online.

Saturday’s time trial included a range of impressive athletic talent ranging from international triathletes Drew Williams and Karishma Patel trying out the 1500m to national and COSASSA gold and silver medalists in a variety of sprints.

Two athletes were recognized for breaking four SSN electronic records, SSN collected all results from meets timed in 2015 during the track season including PE Sprints, St George’s Invitational, Watershed and Eaglesvale Co-ed meets and Lomagundi Athletics and recorded the top time for each event this year. Rutendo Chimbaru of Arundel School recorded a personal best and broke the record in the 200m today with a time of 26.00 and also broke the 100m SSN record in 12.56. Alfred Chawonza of St George’s College took part in the 800m and 1500m to break both SSN U16 records(previously set by him) with impressive times of 2:01.93 and 4:29.22 respectively.

SSN appreciates the support of all who made this event possible, including hosts Harare International School, partner EducationUSA and sponsor Mark Manolios, as well as the volunteers, parents, sports directors and participating athletes.

All times from Saturday’s time trials can be found at in the document linked to below: