King of the track

His school may have finished the Co-Ed C athletics meet in last place behind The Settlers and winners Durbanville a fortnight ago but Siphosethu Boya, a Grade 12 pupil at Fairmont High School, showed everyone who the king of the track was when he won the boys’ under-19 100m, 200m and 400m sprint events, at the Bellville Velodrome.

Siphosethu,18, from Durbanville, also received the award for best performance in the 200m and 400m sprints, running 21.44 and 48.53 seconds, respectively.

The former Durbanville Primary School pupil started the athletics season with a bang, when he won the boys’ under-20 400m sprints, at the Western Province junior track and field meet, at Parow Athletics track, last month.

His fine performance continued when he won the boys’ under-20 100m sprints, at the WP League 1 meet, again at the Parow Athletics track, earlier this month.

He will now hope to emulate this season’s performances at this weekend’s Western Province High Schools’ Northern Zone championships, at the Bellville Velodrome.

A member of Bellville Athletics Club, Siphosetu said he was satisfied with his performances but believes there is always room for improvement.

“I could improve on my starts and need to run faster times. The competition is only going to get tougher from here on. At zonals, I hope to run a personal best in the 200m sprint and to lay the marker down,” he said.

Siphosethu will have a busy weekend on the track and field as he will also be competing at the WP League 3 meet, at the Parow Athletics track.

He said he would like to run a qualifying time of 21.2 seconds in the boys’ under-20 200m sprints in order to make the WP junior and senior teams.

Last year, the youngster had one of his best seasons on the track when he made the semi-finals of the boys’ under-20 200m and 400m sprint events, at the Athletics South Africa (ASA) junior championships, in Johannesburg.

Siphosethu qualified for the ASA junior champs after he made the qualifying time and came third in the boys’ under-20 200m and second in the 400m sprint events, at Vygieskraal Athletics Stadium, in Athlone.

At this point his main priority is to qualify for the South African high schools’ championships, in Durban and the ASA junior championships, in Cape Town, next month.

“I can’t get ahead of myself but those are the goals I set myself. The plan is to do well in those competitions and qualify for the African junior championships, in Algeria, in May. My long-term goal is to represent South Africa at the Commonwealth Games and Olympics,” he said.

Siphosethu said his place to escape will always be on the track and field because that is where his heart lies.

“I am the happiest person on the track and field at practise or at competitions. It is me against the clock because that counts the most,” he said.

The youngster admires club teammate, Antonio Alkana a semi-finalist in the men’s 110m hurdles at last year’s Rio Olympics.

“He is living proof that anyone can make it at international level, no matter what background you come from.

“He worked hard to be where he is today and is improving all the time. He also gives me advice on how to better my performances, hopefully I can follow in his footsteps, “he said.