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Kruger makes strong return to the track

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"We look forward to a very successful 2020 Cross Country season and possible podium finishers”

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Marisa Kruger a Griqualand West Athlete Club (AGW) runner returned from a six-year absence from track and field races to place a commendable sixth in the South African National Cross Country Championship which took place in Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu Natal this past Saturday.

AGW coach Theo Senekal senior said Kruger took part in the 4km event for women aged 40 and over category. She had last raced competitively six years ago when she took bronze in her age category for women aged 35 in Potchefstroom in 2013.

Senekal said the more matured Kruger’s bid to make her competitive comeback “was the most exciting day in AGW Cross Country history when she finished strong in 6th place, just behind placed Bulelwa Simae from Western Province Athletics. Semae was also the gold medal winner in 2013.

Kruger’s achievement has fuelled her offspring to come out guns blazing. Fifteen-year-old Maricelle Kruger came 23rd from among 110 participants in the 4km race.

Her much younger sibling nine-year-old Liesa Kruger placed 15th from among 121 participants in the 2km race while the youngest sibling Botha Kruger came 60th from 132 participants in the Boys aged 8 category in the 1km race.

“We as a registered ASA Province are extremely proud of all our athletes’ accomplishments, especially our young girls who are starting to make waves on the big stage. We look forward to a very successful 2020 Cross Country season and possible podium finishers,” said Senekal.