PRETORIA – Local distance-running stars Precious Mashele and Glenrose Xaba are favourites to defend their national titles at the 2019 Athletics SA Cross Country Championships at Uitsig High School, Centurion, on Saturday.
Mashele, who finished 16th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus earlier this year, is set to lead the Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) team in the senior men's 10km race.
He is expected to face challenges from the likes of Thabang Mosiako of Athletics Central North West (ACNW) and track specialist Flavio Sehohle (Athletics Mpumalanga).
Xaba will defend the senior women's 10km title she won in Port Elizabeth last year, after being included in the Athletics Gauteng North (AGN) team.
This also featured Aynslee van Graan who has returned home after competing on the US collegiate circuit in recent years.