Meru School raring for Regional test after County exploits
By Aaron Muthomi
After a sterling performance in the just concluded Meru County Secondary School Games, champions Meru School have shifted focus on the Regional Games set for Kangaru School, Embu late March this year.
Playing in their home ground, Meru School successfully defended their hockey, basketball and rugby 15s gongs over the weekend, to emerge top in the County.
Taking stock of their exploits in the three-day competition that brought together 10 sub counties, School Games Master Nathan Kiprop said their show in their major disciplines was just a warm up to the March 19 to 24th event in Embu.
“We got it right from the selection of players, we present the best for competitions. It is easy knowing them, because our policy is encouraging and giving exposure to willing students, and you discover their talent.
“When we started off well, we knew our target was very realistic, thus we just enjoyed ourselves already shifting focus to the regional games,” charged Kiprop.
He further noted their dream is to represent Kenya in the East Africa Secondary Schools Games, to be played in Kigali, Rwanda, come August.
“We are growing into a force to reckon with not only in ball games. Last year we produced the second best javelin and short put throwers in the country. In the East African front, our own Nicholus Yego, then a form three student, finished fourth in the javelin competition,” Kiprop enumerated his school’s milestones.
New records were set during the Meru games over the weekend, when the Kirigara Girls beat hapless Kangeta Girls 108-3 in a entertaining match held in Meru teachers college court . According to the school’s Games Master Peter Muriungi, her girls outdid themselves in the match.
“That was one of the best scores ever in my coaching career, the girls did more than expected. We have been giving them several build up matches which has paid off, especially in building the team’s chemistry,” underscored Muriungi.
The school is already boasting of last year’s success, with four students from team getting full scholarships by Nazarene University. Muriungi further reveals a lot is coming up for the best performing students in the sport.
“Our current team captain Monica Atithiu who is in fourth form, has been approached by USIU University, but the school will release her in the end of the year after she completes her final exams,” revealed the coach.
Three teams that were making debuts in County Games went on to secure tickets to the regions games. Among them are rugby Igembe Boys (rugby), Ndagene Boys (basketball) and Kathanthatu in handball.
Meru County Secondary School teams to the Regionals
- Meru School
- Meru school
- Meru School
- Kaaga Boys