The next edition of Varsity Athletics meeting is around the corner and the anticipation is rising for the Sportainment event of the year to hit the student town of Stellenbosch on Monday, 20 April, 2015.
Individually, Justine Palframan from Maties earned the Victrix Ludorum in the women’s events, testament to her training regime currently focused on speed, endurance and acceleration.
“I wasn’t really happy with either of my times [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][in Potchefstroom] so it was just a stepping stone and I realised what I have to fix. For the 200m I finished strong after doing the 400m. It was tough but it was a good training session. I am hoping for my personal best at the next meet,” she said.
“For the 200m I have to try and bring in more speed and for the 400m it is more on endurance. What is so nice about the 200m and 400m is that they work together. The 200m speed helps me with the 400m and then the 400m endurance helps me finish the 200m strong,” she added.
Caster Semenya is another familiar face who will be present at the meeting next week. Semenya won the 1500m event and put in an impressive performance in the relay at Potchefstroom and the Olympic medallist is looking forward to yet another outing.
“I just want to achieve my best performance on the day, particularly now that my injuries are behind me. But most of all I want to entertain people, for excitement and to have fun.
“I don’t really have any one rival. Every competitor is a rival because you never know what the other athletes will achieve on the day, and you should never underestimate anyone. It’s always best to run your own race,” she said.
Returning from a long absence has been a catharsis for the track star and along with her new coach Jean Verster, she is taking training steady.
“Right now everything is just going really well. We have a fantastic team chemistry. But it’s important to be patient and listen to your body,” Semenya added.
Tuks are currently in first position after earning 127 points at the first meeting in Potchefstroom in March. They are closely followed by NWU-Pukke on 117 points, while the University of the Free State is in third place with 89 points. For the other competing universities – UJ, Maties, TUT, NMMMU and UWC, it’s a tense battle for points.
As usual, the event will be broadcast live on SuperSport 210 from 18.00, and fans can expect some off-the-track action to coincide with fireworks on the field.
Kiss Cam, Steamy, Selfie and Down-Downs will all form part of off-the-track action while there is plenty to look forward to for the athletes taking part.
The evening at Maties will feature 18 different events. The meeting will be conducted under the rules of IAAF and ASA, and athletes earn points for their team according to where they are placed. There are nine points available for first place in each event, while second place earns seven points. Thereafter, the value of each place decreases by one point with eighth place worth a single point.
If there is a tie for first place in any of the field events (besides high jump), the athletes who are tied will get an additional trial.
In the case of a tie for any of the other places by two or more athletes, the points for such places are added up and divided by the number of athletes involved. For the high jump, the standard IAAF jump off rule will apply for a first place tie. Athletes are allowed to take part in two events, excluding the relays.
Full list of Varsity Athletics events:
Photo 1 caption: Maties’ Justine Palframan was the star of the 2015 season’s opening Varsity Athletics meet at the Kenneth McArthur Stadium in Potchefstroom, on 24 March 2015, crowned Victrix Ludlum after winning the 400m and the 200m in a fantastic effort that headlined the start of the tournament’s third season. Photo: Catherine Kotze/SASPA
Photo 2 caption: Janet Seeleger was one of the key performers in TUKS’ claiming the full nine points on offer in the medley relay in Potchefstroom, helping her university to the top of the combined log going into the season’s second meet in Stellenbosch on Monday, 20 April. Photo: Catherine Kotze/SASPA
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