Maties and Pukke Headline Varsity Athletics Start

by | Mar 25, 2015

Maties’ Justine Palframan was the star of the 2015 season’s opening Varsity Athletics meet, winning both the 400m and the 200m in a fantastic effort that headlined the series now in its third season, at the Kenneth McArthur Stadium in Potchefstroom, on Tuesday, 24 March 2014.

Also noteworthy was the performance of former 800m world champion, Caster Semenya, who made her comeback in the women’s 1500m event. Semenya announced her arrival in her first competitive event at the Varsity Athletics meeting in style, surprising many to win the 1500m event, clocking 4 min 30 sec after she had not competed in eight months.

Palframan’s performance on the night meant that Maties walked away with the bragging rights on the track, winning two of the four events on the night, but NWU-Pukke’s women dominated the field events, winning three of the four events, with Stephanie Greyling the standout, after picking up the Varsity Athletics record in the Hammer throw.

Women’s results for the evening included:

Hammer Throw:

Stephanie Greyling threw a mammoth 55.93m in her second throw to smash the Varsity Athletics record and win the event comfortably ahead of Chene Coetzee of UP-Tuks whose best throw was 1.67m short of Greyling. Coetzee eventually finished in second place with Kovsies’ Nadia Botha in third with a throw of 48.93m.

Rank Name PB Team Cat Result Pts

1

Stephanie Greyling 55.40m Pukke Jun

55.93

9

2

Chene Coetzee 55.02m Tuks Sen

54.26

7

3

Nadia Botha 52.67m Kovsies Sen

48.93

6

4

Mieke Stander 52.55m Madibaz Sen

48.57

5

5

Dawn Lubisi 39.60m UJ Sen

31.65

0

6

Chandre Fredericks 38.60m UWC Sen

30.58

0

 

Javelin Throw:

With a throw of 49.00m, NWU-Pukke’s Gizelle Bernard picked up the Javelin title with UJ’s Chelsea Boshoff finishing in second with a throw that was more than seven metres less than that of Bernard’s. UP-Tuks’ Danielle Coetzee finished in third.

Rank Name PB Team Cat Result Pts

1

Gezelle Bernard 50.56m Pukke Sen

49.00

9

2

Chelsea Boshoff 46.05m UJ Sen

41.72

7

3

Danielle Coetzee 41.30m Tuks Jun

40.70

6

4

Janica Geldenhuys 40.69m Kovsies Sen

39.49

5

5

ArnŽ  Rust 37.65m Madibaz Sen

35.63

0

6

Babalwa Latsha 30.31m UWC Sen

34.20

0

7

Corlia Kruger 33.69m Maties Sen

28.43

0

8

Mpho Nkuna   TUT Sen

20.72

0

 

Long Jump:

Maties’ Samantha Pretorius was dominant in the the Long Jump event, passing the 6m barrier on two occasions. Her first jump of 6.12 metres won her the title, although her last jump of 6.06m would have also got the job done in the end. Bianca Erwee of Pukke finished in second with a jump of 5.73m, while UJ’s Maryke Brits got third with a jump of 5.65m.

Rank Name PB Team Cat Result Pts

1

Samantha Pretorius 6.06m Maties Sen 6.12 0.0

9

2

Bianca Erwee 5.56m Pukke Sen 5.73 0.0

7

3

Maryke Brits 6.24m UJ Sen 5.65 0.0

6

4

Samantha Ross 5.50m UWC Sen 5.47 0.0

5

5

Kelly Lynn  Kingwill 6.10m Madibaz Sen 5.36 0.0

4

6

Marlize Campher 5.31m Kovsies Sen 5.31 0.0

3

7

Tamryn  Cupido 5.78m TUKS Sen 5.26 0.0

2

8

Morongwe  Lebogo TUT Sen 4.38 0.0

0

 

Justine Palframan (left) of Maties and Melissa Hewitt (second from left) of Pukke battle it out in the 200m. Palframan closely edged Hewitt for the win in an exciting evening for the sprinter, who also beat Anneri Ebersohn to take gold in the evening’s 400m event, at the Kenneth McArthur Stadium in Potchefstroom, on Tuesday 24 March 2015. Photo: Catherine Kotze/SASPA

400 meter:

Justine Palframan’s winning ways at the Potch meet started with a season’s best 54.20 for the event’s top-placed nine points, narrowly bettering Tuks’ Anneri Ebersohn, who finished well clear of third-placed Ariane Nel, who brought in six points for Pukke.

Rank Name SB Team Cat Result Pts

1

Justine  Palframan

54.78

Maties Sen

54.20

9

2

Anneri Ebersohn

53.25

Tuks Sen

54.89

7

3

Ariane Nel

56.80

Pukke Jun

56.54

6

4

Eugenie van Emmenis

57.64

Kovsies Sen

58.79

5

5

Miche le Grange

58.60

UWC Sen 1:00.33

4

6

Nadine Teessen

57.07

UJ Sen 1:00.47

3

7

Minette vd Westhuizen TUT Sen 1:01.45

2

8

Anushcka Michaela  Assam

59.90

Madibaz Sen 1:01.59

1

 

Caster Semenya of Pukke and Danel Prinsloo of Kovsies pictured in the early stages of the season opening meet’s 1500m event. Semenya shaved six seconds off her season’s best to win nine points for Pukke, a comfortable win over Maties’ Thineke Fourie, and UJ’s Mamphielo Sibamba finishing in third, in Potchefstroom on Tuesday. Photo: Catherine Kotze/SASPA

1500 meter:

The field was tightly packed for most of the race, with NWU-Pukke’s Caster Semenya, Maties Thineke Fourie and UJ’s Mamphielo Sibamba leading for the first 1200m. In the last 400m it was Semenya who showed her class, breaking away from the rest of the back, and by the last 100m she put on the afterburners to win the race in a time of 4:30.12, comfortably ahead of Fourie in second place. Sibamba finished in third, well ahead of the next closest runner.

Rank Name SB Team Cat Result Pts
1 Caster Semenya 4:36.09 Pukke Sen 4:30.12 9
2 Thineke  Fourie 4:25.29 Maties Sen 4:32.07 7
3 Mamphielo  Sibamba 3:21.45 UJ Sen 4:32.17 6
4 Lizerie  Ferreira 4:22.43 Tuks Sen 4:32.77 5
5 Danel Prinsloo 4:16.82 Kovsies Sen 4:43.29 4
6 Murendwa  Davhana TUT Sen 4:47.62 3
7 Jamie-Lee  Schlemmer 4:48.60 Madibaz Jun 4:52.07 2
8 Marlise Jordaan 4:26.00 UWC Sen 5:02.23 1

 

Discus Throw:

Geraldine Duvenage made it three from four for NWU-Pukke after winning the discus title with NMMU Madibaz’ Ischke Senekal coming in second. Charlene Engelbrecht finished in third place

Rank Name PB Team Cat Result
1 Ischke Senekal 52.54m Madibaz Sen 50.23
2 Charlene Engelbrecht 49.86m TUKS Sen 37.09
3 Elizabeth Loots 45.05m UJ Jun 36.20
4 Nadia Botha 37.23 Kovsies Sen 29.37
5 Mpho Nkuna TUT Sen 14.66
Geraldine  Duvenage 52.34m Pukke Sen 0.00
Caioly  Gabriel 35.47m UWC Jun 0.00
Tarinka  Truter 31.10m Maties Jun 0.00

 

200 meter:

After winning the 400m race earlier, Justine Palframan from Maties, showed her class one again piping NWU-Pukke’s Melissa Hewitt in the final stretch to take the race in time of. Margaret Olwoch from UP-Tuks completed the race in third. All three sprinters improved on their season’s best time in the race.

Rank Name SB Team Cat Result Pts

1

Justine  Palframan

24.21

Maties Sen

23.73

9

2

Melissa  Hewitt

24.12

Pukke Sen

23.94

7

3

Margaret  Olwoch

24.10

Tuks Sen

24.06

6

4

Tsaone   Sebele

24.35

UJ Sen

24.60

5

5

Bevin Smith

24.50

Kovsies Sen

24.61

4

6

Colleen May

25.70

UWC Sen

26.01

3

7

Erikah  Seyama TUT Sen

26.08

2

8

Zanri Strydom

26.10

Madibaz Sen

26.35

1

 

4 x 100 meter:

The race came down to a close finish with UP-Tuks’ Melissa Hewitt just hanging to the lead in the last 100mm, with NWU-Pukke finishing strong to just miss out on victory in front of their home crowd. UJ finished in third place.

Rank Name Team Cat Result Pts

1

TUKS Tuks Jun

46.66

9

2

PUKKE Pukke Sen

46.68

7

3

MATIES Maties Sen

47.48

6

4

UJ UJ Sen

47.61

5

5

KOVSIES Kovsies Sen

47.87

4

6

MADIBAZ Madibaz Sen

49.87

3

7

UWC UWC Sen

49.88

2

8

TUT TUT Sen

54.39

1

 

Senior Medley Relay:

Tuks were clear winners in the Senior Women’s Medley Relay for the full nine points, finishing comfortably ahead of Pukke’s senior relay team in second, an effort well ahead of Maties in third.

Rank Name Team Cat Result PTS
1 TUKS Tuks Sen 5:39.66 9
2 PUKKE Pukke Sen 5:46.01 7
3 MATIES Maties Sen 5:48.12 6
4 KOVSIES Kovsies Sen 5:54.95 5
5 UJ UJ Sen 5:57.23 4
6 UWC UWC Sen 6:16.07 3
7 MADIBAZ Madibaz Sen 6:17.75 2
8 TUT TUT Sen 6:17.93 1

 

The meets aim to help the development of young athletes in South Africa and help inspire their confidence through competitive meetings.

This high-performance platform enables South Africa’s universities to compete against each other across a number of different sporting codes.

The next two Varsity Athletics meets take place on 24 March, in Potchefstroom, and on 20 April in Stellenbosch.

 

Photo 1 caption: Though University of Pretoria’s Tuks combined team (pictured) emerged champions of the 2015 Varsity Sports opening meet, Justine Palframan for Maties and Caster Semenya for Pukke headlined their team’s dominant performances in the womens’ events, at the University of Potchefstroom, on Tuesday, 24 March, 2015. Photo: Catherine Kotze/SASPA

Photo 2 caption: Justine Palframan (left) of Maties and Melissa Hewitt (second from left) of Pukke battle it out in the 200m. Palframan closely edged Hewitt for the win in an exciting evening for the sprinter, who also beat Anneri Ebersohn to take gold in the evening’s 400m event, at the Kenneth McArthur Stadium in Potchefstroom, on Tuesday 24 March 2015. Photo: Catherine Kotze/SASPA

Photo 3 caption: Caster Semenya of Pukke and Danel Prinsloo of Kovsies pictured in the early stages of the season opening meet’s 1500m event. Semenya shaved six seconds off her season’s best to win nine points for Pukke, a comfortable win over Maties’ Thineke Fourie, and UJ’s Mamphielo Sibamba finishing in third, in Potchefstroom on Tuesday. Photo: Catherine Kotze/SASPA

 

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