The University of Johannesburg champions are fired up to scoop another title at the University South Africa Sport (Ussa) athletics championships that take place in Polokwane from April 29 to 30.
The UJ athletes took the honours last year for the first time in 10 years. Head coach Emmarie Fouche said they were ready to defend their title.
“Our preparations for the tournament have gone well and the athletes will be working hard to stay on top of varsity athletics,” she said.
“Winning the title last year gave the team a taste of success and the motivation to stay on top is strong.”
Fouche named the universities of Pretoria and North-West as potential rivals and added Free State to the mix too.
“In these champs a lot depends on the depth of your team because you get points for the top eight positions,” said Fouche.
“So the better your depth, the better your chances will be.”
Besides bragging rights being at stake, the Ussa champs will offer the athletes another chance to achieve qualifying times for the Olympic Games that will be held in Rio de Janeiro later this year.