Springvale House participated in the annual Eaglesvale friendly cross-country meet for the first time in years and found the unfamiliar course surprising but managed to hold their own against the Harare schools.The hosts dominated all races registering at least one top five finish in all races to finish first. Gateway school fielded two teams and they enjoyed a good run particularly with their “A” team which came second.
Eaglesvale School coach, Terrence Bendito said, “The boys and girls put on a good show and I’m pleased by the outcome.” “This is all in preparation for the Three Woods meet which is arguably one of the toughest courses we have.” The Three Woods meet takes place at Lilfordia School.
Some kilometres away from Willovale, it turned out to be a great day at Prince Edward with both boys and girls taking to the track all with the hope of victory. The drizzle and the overcast helped to keep the athletes cool as they journeyed through the course. The Under 15 boys got the meet underway as they ran their 4km course. The Under 17 boys and the Under 20 girls also went on the 4km course with the Under 20 boys running the longest course which covered a total distance of 7.5km. Athletes who had never been on the Prince Edward course before were pleasantly surprised (unpleasant at times, but no one was injured.) by the steeplechase style water jump stationed just outside the Avenues field.
The final event of the day, the U20 boys event was not an easy one for the athletes. They ran the longest distance and the race also had the greatest number of runners. A lot more energy was present in this one. T.Zimuto of Kuwadzana 1 High School came home first without any threats from the other athletes followed by Karawira of Prince Edward. Churchill’s Dodzo claimed the last podium place coming home a few seconds after Karawira.
Chinhoyi High School were the victors in the girls section while Malbereign and Hatfield Girls High coming at second and third respecttively. For the boys section Prince Edward came first followed by Churchill and Peterhouse came third.