Defending National Association of Secondary Heads champions Mashonaland East look set to
retain their title. They amassed 15 medals and now sit at the top of the log table after the opening day of the competition at Plumtree High School on Tuesday.
There was stiff competition from athletes battling to make it into the Zimbabwe Schools Team which will represent the country in the Confederation of Southern African Schools competition in Botswana next month.
Mashonaland West got gold in the Under-18 boys’ 100m race after Michael Songore romped home in 10,91secs. Masvingo’s Worship Matongo settled for silver in a time of 11secs.
Masvingo got gold in the Under-16 girls’ discuss from Olivia Shavi who threw a best of 26,65m, while Amanda Hazel Jeke threw 25,35m.
Matabeleland South Grace Ndlovu got a bronze 24,85m.
Mashonaland East were on fire as they scooped yet another gold medal in the boys’ Under-16 discuss after James Banhuwa threw a distance of 35,09m.
Second was Pride Magurira on 33,85m, while Tawanda Marodza of Mashonaland Central threw 33,82m.
Sprinter Tinashe Matanga from Harare grabbed a gold medal in the Under-20 boys’ 200m race in one of the most exciting races of the day.
He faced stiff challenge from Matabeleland South and United States-bound athlete Dumisani Bhebhe who has represented Zimbabwe at national level.
Mutanga clocked 21,55secs, while Bhebhe recorded a time of 21,64secs. Gerren Munishi from Midlands was third in 21,99secs.
Matanga atoned for missing gold in the 100m race by winning the 200m race.
Bhebhe had romped home in 10,48secs to win gold in the Under-20 boys 100m race while Matanga got silver in 10,72secs.
Farai Masawi from Manicaland was third in 10,78secs.
Matanga and Bhebhe, alongside Zuva Bvekerwa and Abdul Simbili, also put up a splendid performance in the relays just as they did last year when they represented Zimbabwe at the 10th African Junior Athletics Championships in Gaborone, Botswana, where they scooped a silver medal.