Do the names Simonay Weitsz, Taylon Bieldt, Janet Seeliger and Gezelle Magerman ring a bell? If not, start Googling them because these are the women who may be the reason that Tuks win the Varsity Athletics series…again.
At the ASA Senior Track and Field Championships in Potchefstroom last year, Simonay Weitsz, still a grade 12 scholar at the time, blasted to front in the women’s 1500m final and never looked back. Outwitting Irvette van Zyl, an experienced South African distance star, the junior athlete delivered an impressive performance to win her first senior national title in a quick time (at altitude) of 4minutes 21seconds.
But on Friday she will look to earn her stripes when she lines up for the women’s 800m battle, a race in which she boasts a lifetime best of 2:06.19. She lines up as a firm favorite to win the race, and what a way it’ll be to start of her tertiary sporting career.
Janet Seeliger, meanwhile, already graduated and is now focused on her postgraduate studies. Seeliger, the sister of the well-known John Seeliger, has been a force to reckon with for Tuks over the years, and if things go accordingly, her personal best time of 54.57 seconds might be on the cards before the weekend even kicks off. Boasting with personal best times and distances of 12.17 seconds (100m), 24.41 seconds (200m), 54.57 seconds (400m) and 6.15m (long jump) make her one of the most versatile to line up in the women’s 400m. Watch out for her.
“It might be my home turf, but it’s only going to be my second race for the year,” says Magerman, a former Youth Olympic 400m hurdles champion. Bouncing back from almost two disappointing seasons, the long hurdle specialist will look to set the record straight come Friday. “I’m planning on going out, doing my thing and just enjoying my race,” she added.
The 2016 CAA African Championships finalist comes into the hurdles dash confident, and she believes the Tuks dominance will continue, especially because they are celebrating 100 hundred years of existence in 2018.
Another hurdler, Taylon Bieldt, is also no stranger to high-octane athletics, and when she lines up, it seems, she only has records on her mind. The powerful short-hurdle 100mh sprinter placed seventh at the 2016 IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Poland two years ago, and by the looks of it, her 13.23 second personal best, which is the South African junior record, is on the verge of falling, and what better way than to do it front of a capacity crowd on her training grounds?
By Reginald Hufkie