All roads lead to Prince Edward this afternoon for the first big event of Zimbabwe’s track and field season, colloquially known as PE Sprints. Hosts Prince Edward will be looking to retain the Prince Edward Sprints Challenge Cup after winning two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015, while St George’s College will look back to their last win in 2013.
SSN will be electronically timing the event with its IAAF-certified mobile Finish Lynx Fully Automated Timing System, with verification from NAAZ. Traditionally lively support from competing schools promises to add a festive atmosphere to the meet.
Pressure is mounting for Arundel School who in recent years has been known for its sprinting prowess. The girls from Mt Pleasant have won the cup for four consecutive years and hope to make it five this afternoon (24 February 2016). They will face fierce competition this afternoon from strong looking Chisipite and Peterhouse Girls teams. Arundel Athletics Captain Rutendo Chimbaru leads the campaign in senior 200m, 400m and 4x100m races.
PE Sprints pits ten top girls’ sides and ten boys’ sides from in and around Harare. The Sprints Challenge includes 100m – 1500m events in three age groups. Field events as well as longer 3000m and 4x400m relays will be run at a parallel Arundel Athletics Challenge on Friday, 26 February at the Mount Pleasant school.