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ASA expands national cross country squad
A total of 19 more athletes have been added to the provisional South African cross country squad, including some of the nation’s top distance runners, ahead of the World Cross Country Championships to be held in Kampala, Uganda in March.
While Athletics SA (ASA) revealed the national preliminary squad earlier this month, the latest names were added to the list this week after the conclusion of the appeals process, increasing the size of the squad to 69 athletes.
The new athletes in the squad, which was initially based on results of last year’s SA Cross Country Championships, included the likes of Stephen Mokoka, Sibusiso Nzima and Lebogang Phalula, who all successfully appealed their omissions.
The final team for the global championships would be announced after the various trials contests, ASA confirmed.
While the trials race for junior women was held during the 5 000m event at a Central Gauteng Athletics track meeting in Germiston last week, the trials for senior men and women, as well as junior men, were set to be held during the 10km event at the Johnson Crane Marathon in Benoni on Sunday.
SA provisional squad, World Cross Country Championships, Kampala (26 March, 2016):
Senior men (10km): David Manja (ACNW), Precious Mashele (AGN), Joel Mmone (ACNW), Collen Mulaudzi (AGN), Philimon Mathiba (CGA), Ayanda Mncube (KZNA), Elroy Gelant (ACNW), Marko Bucarizza (CGA), Jerry Motsau (ACNW), Rantso Mokopane (ACNW), Tumisang Monnatlala (CGA), Samuel Mathabatha (CGA), Ikageng Gaorekwe (CGA), Kabelo Melamu (CGA), Stephen Mokoka (AGN), Sibusiso Nzima (CGA), Vuyisile Tshoba (AGN), Dikotsi Lekopa (ACNW), Thabang Mosiako (ACNW), Prince Jali (CGA), Melikhaya Frans (EPA)
Senior women (10km): Kesa Molotsane (AFS), Glenrose Xaba (AMPU), Maria Shai (ACNW), Zintle Xiniwe (WPA), Andrea Steyn (AGN), Lena Lotter (WPA), Sherilene Gelderblom (ACNW), Lizerie Ferreira (AGN), Marne Mentz (AFS), Stella Marais (AGN), Anet Coetzee (CGA), Anelda van Staden (CGA), Lebogang Phalula (CGA), Thembi Baloyi (AGN), Makhosi Mhlongo (KZNA), Louisa Leballo (AGN), Cherise Sims (EPA)
Junior men (8km): Ryan Mphahlele (CGA), Kabelo Seboko (CGA), Thabo Masina (CGA), Adrian Wildschutt (BOLA), Sphiwe Mhlomi (CGA), Phenyo Chidi (CGA), Onkabetsi Sebola (CGA), Avela Nazo (ATRA), Kutlwisiso Sidinile (CGA), Tumi Lephotho (CGA), Ngconde Matwebu (AFS), Caleb Beukes (CGA), Dais Malebana (AGN), Sello Pheleu (CGA), Pakiso Mthembu (AFS)
Junior women (6km): Nicole van der Merwe (CGA), Tshegofatso Setlhakgoe (AGN), Puseletso Dieta (CGA), Thobile Amon (AGN), Thulisile Amon (AGN), Lara Orrock (AFS), Simonay Weitsz (CGA), Thobile Vilakazi (CGA), Yandiswa Shange (CGA), Kyla de Waal (WPA), Ntswaki Molahloe (AFS), Lesego Mpshe (CGA), Shenley Koekemoer (AGN), Cherry-Lee Schoeman (WPA), Nicole Louw (CGA), Liza Kellerman (CGA)