Lomagundi College stunning fields and athletics track
Although the strength of most visiting provinces as well as that of hosts Mashonaland West could not be ascertained at the time of writing, Team Harare has already assembled its representatives and will be out in full fury on the pristine “Gandi” track.
There can be no fault in the prediction that Gateway High School top sprinter Christian Kelechi, a Zimbabwean of Nigerian origin, will leave opponents trailing in her wake in the 100m and 200m dashes as will Tinotenda “Booster” Matienga, the country’s fastest runner, who schools at Prince Edward.
The duo was part of Zimbabwe’s national team at the African Union Sports Council Region Five Under-20 Games in Angola last year and such is their endurance that they have maintained their blistering speeds in the new year.
Kelechi was among the leading school athletes picked for the Lomagundi day at last week’s inter-district finals at Eaglesvale College. Matienga missed the event through injury but officials say he will receive a wildcard entry.
Winners at the inter-provincial championships that functions as the national junior trials will qualify to represent Zimbabwe at continental and international meets that immediately follow the event, with the highest stage being the World Junior Athletics Championships set for Nairobi, Kenya and the African Junior Championships coming before it.
The Chisipite pair of Mazvita Musakwa and Mufaro Mazambanai made sure of their inclusion in track events with first-place finishes in the Under-15 100m dash and Under-17 100m hurdles respectively as did their schoolmate Van der Westhuizen who won the 800m in the girls under-15 category.
Mazambani, fielded by her school’s Mabvuka-Tafara district, will be the busiest of the Chisipite contingent on the day as she also deals with the long jump after she out-leaped C Murabwa of Glen View-Mufakose and N Joromani of High-Glen districts.
The third event for Mazambani is the triple jump after landing a distance further than one Mavura of High Glen and one Tangayi of Chitungwiza.
All the country’s 10 provinces are expected to make their way to Lomagundi for the Nash Inter-Provincial Championships.