Seen here (Runner Number 6):  Zenobea Jewaskiewitz (North-West University / Potchefstrooom) claimed victory in the Girl’s U19 200m in a deserving time of 24.75 seconds.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

SA’s premier school’s track & field series, the PUMA School of Speed took Potchefstroom by storm on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 with junior track & field stars going #ForeverFaster at the PUMA School of Speed #5 that was hosted at the Puk McArthur Stadium.

Headed by Usain Bolt, the PUMA School of Speed Series was launched in 2016 by PUMA and Stillwater Sports with the goal of identifying exceptional young South African athletes who believe that their future is #ForeverFaster. This exciting series caters for track & field stars between the ages of 14-19 and features the following events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, Long Jump, High Jump and Hurdles.

Toinette Murray (North-West University / Potchefstroom) claimed the top spot on the podium in the Girl’s U19 100m in an impressive time of 12.31 seconds.

“I take part in the PUMA School of Speed every year. It’s one of the events that I look forward to the most.” – Toinette Murray

“The event is well organized and the athletes are made to feel special,” says Murray. “It’s a privilege to be able to run here and it’s an honor to finish first. The girls that ran today are stunning athletes. It takes hard work, so finishing first really means a lot to me. It’s great motivation.” Melissa Steenkamp came in 2nd, while Andiswa Dingiswayo finished 3rd.

Zenobea Jewaskiewitz (North-West University / Potchefstrooom) claimed victory in the Girl’s U19 200m in a deserving time of 24.75 seconds. “The PUMA School of Speed Series is fantastic,” said Jewaskiewitz.

“There is such a great vibe, the people are excited. It’s so nice. Everybody is so amazed by this event. I just decided that I had to run. I didn’t expect to win today. I just focused on my time.” Melissa Steenkamp came in 2nd, while Anina van Zyl finished 3rd.

Junior track & field stars were given the opportunity to meet South African middle-distance runner and 2019 PUMA School of Speed Vice Principal, Gena Löfstrand in the Vice Principal’s office at the stadium.

“The PUMA School of Speed Series is a great platform for up and coming athletes to showcase their talent and all the hard work that they’ve put into their sport. It gives athletes something to work for and something to look forward to, a reason to pursue athletics. I believe that PUMA is becoming a powerful force in helping grow athletics in South Africa,” said Löfstrand.

All entrants stood a chance to be scouted and contracted to the PUMA Squad. The contract will be for the duration of one calendar year.

 

Podium winners of each event final took home the following:

1st Place – PUMA School of Speed Tee, PUMA peak cap & category medal.
2nd Place – PUMA School of Speed Tee, PUMA drawstring bag & category medal.
3rd Place – PUMA School of Speed Tee & category medal.

The APE/ASA table was used to determine the top 3 overall male and female athletes.

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Issued by: NEWSPORT MEDIA

On behalf of: STILLWATER SPORTS and the PUMA School of Speed Series