Chisipite Takes the Cup at Prince Edward Sprints

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 Sprints Challenge Boys Team Results
High School Place Points
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.

Prince Edward Sprints Challenge Girls Team Results
High School Place Points
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
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