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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:13

Athletics: KES 2014 Inter High Champs!

King Edward VII School were crowned Inter High Champions for the third time, cementing an epic victory at AFFIES. In the 33rd Annual Inter High Meeting, King Edward VII School had now been victors 20 times in the history of Inter High clashes, with Pretoria Boys' High School winning 7 times, Affies 4 times and Parktown Boys' twice.

 KES AthleticsThe Boys' Schools Inter High athletics meeting took place at Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool in a very warm Pretoria on Saturday, 27th September.

According to local punters and media, King Edward went into the meeting as the firm favourite, as the KES athletes had so far finished 1st in every meeting this season. However the pressure would be on the 2012 and 2013 Champions to retain the Inter High title for a third consecutive year. Hosts AFFIES and Jeppe High School for Boys ensured that the King Edward athletes worked very hard for this 2014 win and this made for an extremely exciting and thrilling Inter High event.

The Inter High Meeting is different from the other meets, as there is only room for one athlete per school, per event (except for the 1500/3000m events), thereby making it a competition that sees ones individual stars competing on the day. At Inter High 2014, both the A and B Teams competed in separate heats and the competition was of a high calibre in both competitions.

In the early stages of the day, after about 10 events, it was Affies leading both the A & B competitions, with King Edward and Jeppe fighting it out for 2nd and 3rd place. By lunch time the scores of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place were a mere 5 point difference between the hosts, AFFIES, King Edward and Jeppe High School for Boys!

It was however after lunch that the King Edward middle distance and long distance athletes showed their class taking notable wins in most of the 1500 and 400m events. After event 40, King Edward were trailing but the athletes were focused on the task ahead and knew how they had planned to finish. At the start of the 200m events King Edward athletes started to press home. After winning three out of five of the 1500m, KES took the points lead. The 400m events had KES winning 2 and finishing no worse than 2nd in the other 400m races.

It was going down to the wire and that meant that the relay team events were going to be the most exciting of the day! King Edward finished in style winning three of the relays and finished 2nd in one relay event. Furthermore KES broke 2x relay Inter High records ( u16 4 x 100m & u17 4 x 100m).

Final results eventually had King Edward VII School comfortable winners in the A Team competition, with a 32 points margin difference between the runners-up, AFFIES. It was however only a 1 point difference between AFFIES and Jeppe High School for Boys, that saw the hosts grabbing 2nd place and Jeppe 3rd place.

In the B Team Competition, Jeppe High School took a well deserved 1st place, followed closely behind by AFFIES and King Edward taking 3rd place.

In total King Edward won 25 events, AFFIES 20 and Jeppe 13.

The King Edward athletes set 8x new Inter High records on the day:

* Sebastian Freeman- u15 800m - 2m00,63s
* Dylan Curtis - u14 1500m- 4m30,12s
* Thabang Mantsho- u16 3000m- 9m16,84s
* Motame Shabangu u14 High Jump- 1m85cm
* Patrick Duvenage- u16 Discus- 56m18cm
* Patrick Duvenage- u16 Shotput- 17m40cm
* 4 x 100m u16 relay- 43,00s
* 4 x 100m u17 relay- 42,62s

A Team standings:
1st King Edward VII School          462
2nd Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool   430
3rd JEPPE High School for Boys  429
4th Pretoria Boys' High School     341
5th Parktown Boys' High School   259
6th St Benedict's                           220
7th Indep.Schools                         165

B Team standings:
1st Jeppe               381
2nd Affies               379
3rd KES                  350
4th PBHS                264
5th St David's          233
6th Parktown Boys' 189

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