On Friday, 22 February, Merensky High School hosted the annual Soutpansberg Athletics Inter-High, which was presented at Plasiepark, this year.
High schools Pietersburg, Frans du Toit, Eric Louw, Louis Trichardt, Merensky, Northern Academy and HTS Tom Naudé gathered at Plasieland.
In addition to the performances on the field and track, the schools’ singing teams provided a spectacle on the pavilion. Early in the morning the singing teams took their place on the main pavilion. Each school’s cheerleaders could showcase their spirited stories in 4 minutes during the entrance event. Jak de Priester, who performed at Merensky the previous night as part of the national OPTOG! Project, arrived by helicopter and properly fueled the schools’ spirit with his popular “Roer jou voete”.
Merensky deservedly won first place with a stunning entrance, while Frans du Toit and HTS Tom Naudé took second and third places. The trophy for “Singing & Support” was snatched away by the Fransies of Phalaborwa with one point ahead of the Plasies. Merensky’s cheerleaders took third place, after HTS Tom Naudé and winners Frans du Toit.
The overall spirit cup also went to Phalaborwa, with Merensky as runners-up and HTS Tom Naudé in third place.
On the field, Elandri Janse van Rensburg broke a 23-year-old record with 7.8m in her javelin item, girls 14. Her new record of 38.68m brought her 1150 points on the ABSA table (the maximum an athlete can achieve). She was also named the best girl field athlete and received a trophy for the best javelin throw item. Over and above this, she was crowned Junior Victrix Ludorum for the day.
Valley Ngobeni (boys 15) was also in the spotlight by receiving the trophy for the best high jump item.
One of the highlights of the day was the inspiring teachers’ relay that was won by the Plasie team. They also picked up the trophy for Best Sportsmanship.
In total, the Plasies won 102 medals: 25 gold, 43 silver and 34 bronze.
The Plasies also boast an overall second place of 681 points, compared to PHS’s 924 points. Louis Trichardt scored 434 points and finished third.