Athletes from the Louis Botha Technical High School stole the show at the annual Spur Street Mile meeting which was hosted by Oranje Girls’ High School last Thursday.
They took the first three places in both the boys U19 and U15 races, which were run over rough terrain at the school grounds of Oranje.
Nope Moleyane and his Louis Botha training partner, Joseph Mokoteli, were involved in an exciting duel in the U19 race with Moleyane, reigning supreme by a mere four tenths of a second.
Moleyane stopped the clock at 5:02,08 whilst Mokoteli crossed the line on his shoulder in 5:02,48.
Mzakwe Tole (Louis Botha, 5:03,30), who finished third, did not give his teammates much breathing space either. Louis Botha’s U15 boys were involved in a battle of their own.
Hlonolo Mothobi (5:27,40) crossed the line first and teammate, Tshepang Mathibe (5:27,79), was right up there in second spot.
Their training partner, Reatile Tlhabankwe (5:29,00), was in a close third place.
The star performer among the women was Retabile Jabane, who won the girls U19 event in a respectable 6:10,41. She left Mizan Viljoen (6:12,37) and Zelda van der Merwe (6:33,27), both of Oranje, behind to grab the respective second and third places.
The senior men’s section was won by Xolisa Madi (5:08,97) and the senior women’s race went to Samantha Pelzer (6:56,26).
The other winners were – Boys: U11: Carlo Davids (6:29,82). U13: Lean Uys (6:14,00). Veteran men: Barry Williams (6:10,76). Girls U15: Vuyiswa Khauta (6:19,64); U13: Lerato Lesia (6:11,11). Veteran women: Rozelle Cloete (7:15,58). – RUFUS BOTHA