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Jasper, Natabua retain Lautoka zone athletics titles

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, March 22, 2014

JASPER Williams High and Natabua High schools retained their respective titles at the Cola-Cola Lautoka Zone at Churchill Park yesterday.

The Jasper Williams team won the girl's division despite a good challenge from Natabua which settled as the runner-up.

Reigning boy's champion Natabua was too powerful raking in 23 gold medals. Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute was second in the boys competition.

Jasper Williams student Meresiana Vukici proved to be the golden girl of the competition winning three gold medals with records in all events.

Vukici won gold in the intermediate 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay.

Emmanuel Pegasus Woodley was crowned the best male athlete winning gold medals in the intermediate 800m, 1500m and 4x400m relay.

He set a record in the boys 1500m event.

A total of 33 records were set in the two-day event.

Jasper Williams head coach Antonio Raboiliku said they had achieved their first objective of winning the zone competition.

Raboiliku said things would get tougher for them as national champions with all schools stepping up their preparations.

"The next five weeks will be a great challenge as we look forward to defending the national title for the first time," he said.

"It will not be easy because we know that other schools have stepped up their preparations.

"The times set are the benchmark at the zone. It is not really what is produced at the national championship.

"At least we are happy that our students have qualified for the national finals. We face a difficult task ahead.

"We are well aware that former champion Adi Cakobau School has brought in top coach Bola Tafo'ou to head their campaign.

"So it will be tough for us because they have the expertise with the best athletes.

"Our team is coached by the normal teachers but we will give it our best shot."

Athletes to watch out from the Lautoka zone at the national finals will be Jamie Henry Fox, Jope Samuwai and Sereima Danford.