Kruger put in the hard work and her efforts were rewarded when she took the bronze in a very fast time of 15min 18s in the girls Under-14 4km race
Kimberley’s speed queen and Diamantveld High school learner, 14 year old Maricelle Kruger broke yet another record when she took part in Athletics SA’s track and field invitational in Welkom last Saturday.
Kruger lineup in the 4km meter event alongside formidable opponents from the host region; Free State and its surrounding schools. Kruger, who had all along been itching to steal the limelight at such an event, put in the hard work and her efforts were rewarded when she took the bronze in a very fast time of 15min 18s in the girls Under-14 4km race.
Kruger’s mentor Theo Senekal snr said her achievement come in the light of the province still continuing struggles to unearth and develop female athletes of world class standard. Kruger has already been variously been hailed as the province’s new-found progeny in the 800 metres event for girls Under-15 where she is the current provincial record holder.
First place went to Nomhle Julie of Matima-Lenyora school who clocked in a time of 15min 00s, and 2nd place went to Mpeno Refilwe of Lemotso school for finishing in a time of 15min 08s.
In total a team of 101 strong athletes from the Northern Cape were selected to represent Athletics Griqualand West in Welkom. The athletes were selected from among various schools and clubs to participate in the Interprovincial Cross Country championships which were held on the 19th of May in Welkom at the Riebeeckstad Sports grounds.
Senekal said said this comes after a long track and field season that will see athletes juggle with both cross country running and pre-season preparations for the track and field series that will begin later this year.
Commenting on her performance in Welkom, Maricelle said: “I am happy for the good shape that I am still enjoying. I am expecting a good running season ahead with good weather conditions I could realize new times this year, maybe even a new AGW record”,
“Our youngsters will try to hone their skills and chase selection for the ASA SA Cross Country Championships, in Port Elizabeth on 9 September 2018. We have several upcoming athletes in the province that are expected to challenge the old order. We are sure of witnessing the birth of new champions.” Senekal said.