A nail-biting finish it was at the St Johns Inter-Schools Athletics meet as only three points separated the top two teams going into the last six events of the day. St George’s College’s clinical approach to the relays carried the day for them as they made up for the three-point deficit and added seven more to clinch victory away from Peterhouse.
Being the last meet of the school term performance was not expected to be at its best due to injuries and fatigue but all the boys gave it their best shot and kept the crowd entertained. Everyone who came first at St John’s College saw their race time or distance, in the case of field events, being put down in the records column as the new record. This is due to the the fact that this was the first time the college has hosted this Inter-Schools meet.
Contrary to popular belief smashing these new records will not be an easy task as the event saw superb performances throughout the day. Tapiwa Paradza of Peterhouse cleared an impressive 2.02 metres in the Under 20 Boys’ high jump while Tinashe Muchena of St George’s College set a record of 1.85 metres in the Under 17 Boys’ high jump event. Chawanza of Prince Edward set a remarkable time of 57.14 seconds in the Under 14 Boys’ 400 metres event. Head-prefect of the host school threw his javelin a distance of 54.66 metres in the Under 20 Boys’ event. Ryan Gore of Peterhouse did not disappoint in the Under 20 Boys’ 800 metres race where he recorded a time of 2.01.10 minutes. The quickest time of the day, 10.55 seconds, was by Peterhouse’s Songore in the Under 18 Boys’ 100 metres dash.
Overall Hellenic Academy finished in place six with 180 points followed by Lomagundi College with 227 points in fifth place. Lomagundi did not field any teams for the relays as they departed early. In fourth place was Prince Edward with 251 points and the hosts were third with 320 points. Peterhouse was in second place, just seven points behind the victors, St George’s College who amassed a staggering 387 points throughout the day.
Well done to all athletes who participated and to St Johns College for putting together a well organised meet.