SA squad named for World Cross Country Champs

Updated: January 11, 2017

A 50-member provisional national squad has been announced for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda on March 26.
The squad, selected based on results of last year’s SA Cross Country Championships in George, consists of 14 senior men, and 12 athletes in each of the senior women, junior men and junior women categories.
Two men competing in their first seasons as senior athletes this year – Ikageng Gaorekwe and Kabelo Melamu – were added to the senior men’s squad in order to give them an opportunity to develop, according to Athletics SA (ASA).
The duo had finished first and second in the Under-20 race at the national championships.
No national cross country trials would be held this year, the federation confirmed, with senior athletes and junior men expected to prove their fitness at the Johnson Crane 10km road race in Benoni on January 29, and junior women to compete for places in the final team in the 5 000m race at the Central Gauteng track meeting in Germiston on January 21.
“It is compulsory for the athlete that are included in the squads to participate in the above mentioned events in order to be selected for the final team that will be competing at the CAA Southern Region Cross Country Championships and the IAAF World Cross Country Championships,” ASA told members in a notice this week.
At the global off-road showpiece, the senior men and women were due to compete over 10km, with the junior men running 8km and the junior women racing 6km.
ASA would also select a team to compete in the new mixed relay event.

SA preliminary 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)
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)
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)
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)