The Business department of Kisumu National Polytechnic beat other sections in the just concluded interdepartmental athletics competitions held at the institution’s Grounds on March 4, 2017.

The one-day event also acted as trials to identify athletes who will represent TKNP at the regional athletics championships. Officials from the Athletics Kenya officiated over the trials. “Our presence here ensures that we guide and help in the selection of a formidable team to compete at the regional competition,” an AK official who requested anonymity added.

The track events included the 100m, 200m, 400m sprints, the 4×100 and 4×400 relay races for both men and women. Middle distance races included 800m, 1500m and 3000m. Men also had the 10,000m race. Other field events included Short Put, Discus, High Jump, and Long jump, Triple Jump, the Hammer and Javelin.

Chants from cheering spectators rent the air as countless referee whistles screeched from every corner of the sports pitches. The Business department scooped 167 points followed closely by Building and Civil Engineering department that had 164 points. In third and fourth positions were the Food and Beverage department with 96 points and Mechanical Engineering with 86 points. Applied Sciences followed at position 5 with 69 point and Automotive Engineering was in position 6 with 67 points. Electrical Engineering, Liberal Studies, Maths and Entrepreneurship departments had 57, 37, 28 and 10 points respectively.

In the women’s classification for departments, Food and Beverage took the cake with 81 points followed by Business department at 74 and Building and Civil Engineering at 64 points. Applied Science women came in fourth with 51 points while Mechanical department garnered 30 points. In the gents’ classification for departments Building and Civil Engineering took the overall position with 100 points followed by Business Studies with 93 points and Automotive Engineering in position 3 with 67 points.

Some of the students who made it to the team included Consolata Doreen, Anne Okwama and Jackline and Peterson Muganda, Kiprono Victor and Douglas Masinde in the 100m women and men races. “We cannot conclusively say that we have a complete team, we still have to commence rigorous training before we can form a team. This competition has been very helpful in identifying the individuals to enlist for training … We shall embark on a rigorous training after today’s event and use the kitty provided to us by our dear Principal to provide nourishment and motivation to our athletes,”  said Mr Ongwacho, who heads the Sports Department.

Sports and especially athletics pays, and those with such talents should take advantage of the support system we have at the polytechnic in terms of coaches and a good field track to nurture their talents. I want to assure you that I will always support you, said KNP Principal Mrs Joyce Nyanjom.

Elated members of staff took to the track to display their prowess and did not fall short of the spectators’ expectations in the 100m race that drew the curtain for the day.

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