It was a thrilling day of athletics at the annual Prince Edward Sprints Challenge yesterday afternoon (24 February 2016). Hosts Prince Edward retained their clear claim on the trophy with 183 points, among loud compulsory home support from the whole school and many impressive victories across the age groups. St George’s and Peterhouse Boys tied for second place for the boys with 162 points each among the eight teams, with Lomagundi coming fourth with 136.
|Prince Edward School||1st||183 points|
|St George’s College||2nd (tie)||162 points|
|Peterhouse Boys||2nd (tie)||162 points|
|Lomagundi College||4th||136 points|
|Sodbury High School||5th||128 points|
|St John’s College||6th||107 points|
|Gateway High School||7th||106 points|
|Wise Owl College||8th||93 points|
The battle for the girls’ trophy was a much more intense one. Showing depth across the age groups and races, Chisipite Senior School snatched the cup with 178 points. Their victory over cross-town rivals Arundel was a dramatic one, as Arundel had won the Prince Edward Sprints Challenge trophy for four consecutive years from 2012-2015. A subdued Arundel, the only school to bring a busload of supporters, settled for second with 165 points, after some disappointing relay and individual race losses. Gateway came in third with 147 points.
Athletes Of Note
There were a few outstanding performances in athletes to watch this track season. Form 2 student Paige van der Westhuizen of Chisipite Senior School, ran a remarkable U15 800m race in 2:29, the fastest of the season so far for girls of all ages. Also on the girls’ side, Arundel captain Rutendo Chimbaru was a delight to watch in the 200m, 400m and bringing home the gold for the U20 4x100m relay. Chimbaru ran an impressive 56.91 second 400m race, just a second off of securing a ticket to Poland for the World Junior Championships this July. Chimbaru also won the U20 200m in 25.45 seconds.
On the boys’ side, Alfred Chawonza of St George’s College, was in fine form, running the U17 800m in 2.00.59. Last year, Chawonza qualified for the World Youth Championships in Cali, Columbia, but was unable to travel. Prince Edward’s U20 Lovemore Mapfumo and U15 A.”Officer” Makuni also ran impressive races.
SSN electronically timed the event, with NAAZ verification. You can download full results here.
|Chisipite Senior School||1st||178 points|
|Arundel School||2nd||165 points|
|Gateway High School||3rd||147 points|
|Peterhouse Girls||4th||139 points|
|Sodbury High School||5th||136 points|
|Lomagundi College||6th||132 points|
|Girls High School||7th||91 points|
|Mabelreign Girls High||8th||53 points|
|Wise Owl College||9th||38 points|