GWERU – Gweru District stormed the Midlands National Association of School Heads (NASH) Provincial Athletics Competitions when it scooped 73 medals at the competitions held at Chaplin High School on
Friday last week.
Midlands Christian College provided the icing on the cake for Gweru District with its robust short distance runners who dominated the 100, 200 and 400metre races.
The eight districts battled it out in all field disciplines from under 15 to under-20. Gweru District was first with 38 gold medals, 19 silver and 16 bronze. Mberegwa came second with 51 medal and Kwekwe district was on third position
with 58 medals. Kwekwe was beaten to the second position by Mberengwa because the later had more gold medals.
Nicknamed tuhuku twechibhoyi (road runners) because of their slender bodies and dominance in the long distance events,Gokwe North was number four.
Gokwe South was at number five, Zvishavane District number six, Shurugwi District number 7 and Chirumhanzu anchored the competitions at number 8.
NASH Provincial Athletics head-in-charge Solomon Matare said the standards at this year's competitions were remarkable and he expected Midlands Province to bring home the national trophy.
"The standards were very high this year and am particularly impressed by Gokwe North long distance runners who put up a sterling performance. Gweru
District was a marvel in the short distances.
"Last year we were at position seven. This year am confident that we will bring home the trophy," said Matare MCC student Panashe Dube made a mockery of his competitors when he finished the 400meter relay with the closest
athlete trailing 30 metres.MCC's Elizabeth Msipa was also a marvel to watch and she scooped gold in long jump, 4x200 meters and 4x400 meters relays.
Some 57 athletes were selected into the provincial team and they have started camping for the nationals.sport news