Cross country is a very new sporting discipline to the Senior College. For the first time ever, Woodlands entered its runners into the District (D6) League, competing against the top running schools in Boksburg. Following on from our remarkable entry into cross country running this year, the sport is destined to go from strength-to-strength in the future.

League successes in 2017

  • Woodlands had five runners that competed in League events this year, with stringent qualifying criteria and eligible participants having to come within the top-20 in two meetings:
    • Girls Under 14 – Bailey Kupferburg and Nikita Laybourn
    • Girls Under 15 – Shae-Lynn Henderson
    • Boys Under 15 – Lonwabo Masuku
    • Boys Under 17 – Lethabo Mohale
  • The Boksburg Championship – At this event runners are required to finish in the top ten in order to qualify to proceed to D6:
    • Girls Under 14 – Nikita Laybourn (1st) and Bailey Kupferburg (2nd)
    • Boys Under 15 – Lonwabo Masuku (7th)

Provincial successes in 2017

  • Three of our athletes qualified for D6. Owing to the fact that, like road running, cross country is a mass participation sport, with between 60 and 100 runners competing in each age group, finishing high up in the field is already a significant achievement:
    • Girls Under 14 – Bailey Kupferburg (11th) and Nikita Laybourn (12th)
    • Boys Under 12 – Lonwabo Masuku (30th)
  • At D6 athletes had to come in the top six to proceed through to Gauteng schools. This being our first year in a D6 league Woodlands fared exceptionally well