Rohtak (Haryana): Kerala climbed to second spot in the National School Athletics Meet with 38 points, winning four golds on the third day that somewhat made up for a forgettable performance on the first two.
Hosts Haryana led the tally with 42 points, but with the name number of gold medals, after three days. Tamil Nadu with 20 points were at the third position and Karnataka with 17 at the fourth.
Nivya Antony from the pole vault pit and Aparna and Amal from the track won the yellow metal for Kerala on a cold Wednesday in the Haryana city.
The fourth gold came in the girls’ 4x100m relay.
Four more medals, two silver and bronze each, were won by Kerala athletes on the third day.
Kerala girls also broke two meet records.
Hurdling to record
In girls’ 100-meter hurdles, Aparna Roy of Pullurampara St. Joseph School won the gold, breaking the meet record with a timing of 14.25 seconds.
The previous record of 14.36 set in 2015 was in the name of Diby Sebastian, also of Kerala.
Aparna is a medal hopeful in the 200 meters as well.
Aparna was also part of the team that won the gold in the 4x100m meter relay. K.M. Nibha, Mridula Maria Babu and G. Reshma were the other members of the team that finished the race at 48.55 seconds.
Maharashtra got the silver and Karnataka the bronze in girls’ 4x100 relay.
But in boys’ 4x100m relay, the Kerala team could not complete the relay due to an error in handing over the baton.
In girls’ pole-vault, Nivya Antony of Kalladi School in Palakkad won the gold with an effort of 3.60m, in the process breaking the meet record of 3.50m set in 2015 by Maria Jaison.
Nivya, who had won the bronze in the World School Meet, attempted 3.65m, but couldn’t clear it.
Arsha Babu, also of Kalladi School, won the bronze, finishing behind P Pavithra of Tamil Nadu.
Navya dedicated the gold to her parents and coach K.P. Satish Kumar.
She is practicing at the Jumps Academy in Pala.
The jumpers need a jump pit, she said, adding that she had injured her hand while practicing in the old pit. The State Sports Council has approved the demand for a jump pit, but that has yet to reach Pala, she said.
Maria Jaison who won the gold in the 2015 Kozhikode meet too had practiced under Satish Kumar.
Nivya and Aarsha practice together.
T.P. Amal won the gold in boys' long jump.
In boys’ 800m run, Adarsh Gopi of Kothamangalam Mar Basil won the silver with a timing of 1:56.26 minute. N. Srikiran of Tamil Nadu won the gold (1:56.12) and Haryana’s Jugbir got the silver (1:56.64). Kerala’s T. Saifuddeen finished fourth.
Lovpreet Singh of Punjab became the fastest at the event, fishing the 100m sprint for boys in 11 seconds. Saurabh Singh of Uttar Pradesh came behind him, while Niban Baiju of Angamali Thuravoor MAHSS won the bronze (11.07).
The fastest girl was Bengal’s Rajasri Prasad, with a time of 11.96 seconds. Karnataka’s Dhaneshwari got the silver (12.21) and Maharashtra’s Roseline Lewis won the bronze (12.42).