Lebogang Phalula dominated the senior women’s 8km SA Cross Country Trials in Potchefstroom on Saturday from the very start of the race, and went into the last lap with a massive lead – almost 150m on her closest competitors, to win the trials.
According to Lebogang it was not a difficult race for her to win, as she has been working hard on her fitness levels. Lebogang’s twin sister and defending champion, Lebo Phalula, came third, with Mpho Mabuza finishing 2nd, two weeks after running the SA Marathon Championships in George.
Other familiar faces to come through in the top 10 were Nolene Conrad – who finished 7th, and Christine Kalmer, in 10th place.
Sylvia Tshehtlanyane won the junior women’s title with Anylsee van Graan crossing the line 2nd. Third place went to Luleka Dyonki from Central North West. Anylsee’s sister Kyla finished 4th.
The top 4 athletes (seniors and juniors) have a guaranteed spot in the team for the Africa Cross Country Championships taking place on 18 March in Cape Town, with the same rules applying to the Southern region Cross Country Championships in Mauritius (3 March), where the seniors will compete.
Senior Women Results:1. Lebogang Phalula 00:27:08 2. Mpho Mabuza 00:27:37 3. Lebo Phalula 00:28:10 4. Onneile Dintwe 00:28:14
Junior Women Results:1. Sylvia Tshehtlanyane 00:21:22 2. Anylsee van Graan 00:21:25 3. Luleka Dyonki 00:21:27 4. Kyla van Graan 00:21:28