NADARIVATU's outstanding performance on day one of yesterday's Vatukoula/Tavua/Ra athletics zone has sent strong signals to schools vying for gold in the long distance events.
The school, which groomed national reps and Jasper Williams High School track queens — the Naidau sisters Sereima, Liku and Mereseini — has produced some new rising stars who will burn the ANZ Stadium tracks at this year's Coca-Cola Games.
Five athletes made their mark during the zone meet at the Ra Sports grounds yesterday winning three gold and two silver medals for their school in the 1500m finals.
Fourteen-year old Vasenai Nadule dominated the open girls 1500m with a time of 5min 21sec while her teammate Anaseini Lewatabe won the silver medal.
In the Inter boys 1500m, Gauna Mocimoci set a new zone record with a time of 4mins 38 sec to win the gold medal while Isikeli Tuibua stamped his dominance in the junior boys 1500m to win another gold medal for the school.
Team manager Ramedre Nakamica said the performance of these athletes had laid the platform for a fine outing at the Fiji Finals.
He said Nadarivatu would provide stiff competition to athletic giants such as Adi Cakobau School, Jasper, Natabua and Marist Brothers High School.
Nakamica said his athletes performed well during the zone and were ready to prove their worth at the Coke Games.
"Firstly, I thank our athletes for their effort in winning gold medals for our school," he said.
"We have prepared well for this competition and I am satisfied with our outcome.
"For these athletes, they have overcome the first hurdle, the challenge is to continue with their fine performance during the Coke Games."
The competition continues today.