PETRA High won the Imbizo District National Secondary School Heads (Nash) athletics competition at Nust on Friday bagging 25 gold, 17 silver and 10 bronze to beat 11 schools that took part.
Christian Brothers’ College (CBC) came second with 21 gold, 12 silver and three bronze while Induna came third with 21 silver and 16 bronze.
Masiyephambili was the school in charge.
In the girls’ Under-20 100m race, Buhlebenkosi Chipemvu of Petra crossed the line first in 13.09sec with Blondie Maphosa of Mncumbatha completing the race in 13.88sec while Induna’s Chantel Saidi was third in 14.30sec.
CBC’s Hobokoe Mathibela was on fire in the boys’ Under-17s as he came first in all the events he took part in.
He hauled eight gold medals.
Mathibela came first in the 100m, 200m, tripple jump and long jump, among other races.
Imbizo district convening director Hamilton Moyo said the athletes did a wonderful job compared to the previous years.
“Sprinters have improved a lot over the years. We have athletes from schools such as Emganwini and Induna getting medals here and there,” Moyo said.
However, due to high temperatures on that day, some athletes failed to finish their races.
Paget Dube, the convening head, urged sports directors to advise their athletes to buy sporting gear such as spikes.
“Most of the athletes do not have spikes. The tartan track is rough because some of them developed blisters and teachers should encourage competitors to buy spikes, “ Dube said.
In the 300m hurdles, Antony Hadebe of CBC won the race in a time of 48.63sec in the boys’ Under-15 race with Renos Sibanda of Induna finishing the race in 49.37sec while Lwazi Mahlangu came third in 51.06sec.
In high jump, CBC’s Adrian Manyathela came out tops after jumping 1,70m.
Last year CBC dominated in all age groups while Petra’s Under-15 girls were the best team.
The inter-districts competition will be held at White City Stadium, Bulawayo, on March 6 and 7.