DEFENDING champions Kuala Muda-Yan (KMY) district took an early lead in the first day of the 56th Kedah Combined Schools Track and Field Meet at the Darulaman Stadium, Alor Setar.
Champions since 2011, KMY have earned three gold medals.
They are ahead of their closest challengers Kulim-Bandar Baharu (KBB) and Kota Setar who have two golds each.
On Wednesday, KMY won the Boys Under-18 Long Jump gold through Mohd Zul Azri, the Girls Under-15 Long Jump gold (Ain Ashyilah Ismail) and Girls Under-15 3km Walk (Vinoshoni Karupaya).
Kota Setar, who have vowed to topple the four-time champions this year, collected two gold medals through Nur Anis Azwani who clinched the Girls Under-18 Discus Throw title and Nur Hasniza Hasbulllah who won the Girls Under-15 Javelin Throw.
Dark horses KBB) broke into the limelight when they won two gold medals.
KBB’s Mohd Hanif Ridwan grabbed the Boys Under-15 Shot Putt gold to shut out Kota Setar’s Fitri Hafiz Othman.
Then Yee Heng Khai won the Boys Under-18 Shot Putt for KBB’s second gold.
Kubang Pasu posted one gold medal won by Mohd Amzar Syamie Zain in the Boys Under-18 High Jump.
Despite his victory, Mohd Amzar was not in top form.
His personal best is 2.01m but this time, he could manage only 1.85m and failed all three attempts at 1.90m.
Kedah Education Department director Datin Azuyah Hassan opened the annual meet earlier in a colouful ceremony.
A total of 447 girls and boys and 166 team officials from eight contingents took part in the march- past.
Brass bands from SMK Keat Hwa, SMK Sultanah Asma, Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid College and SRK Sik joined them in the opening ceremony.
Kota Setar district had the most number of athletes with 85 (47 boys and 38 girls) while KMY had 73 (41 boys and 32 girls).
This was followed by Kubang Pasu with 72 athletes, Padang Terap (51), Kulim-Bandar Baharu (46), Baling-Sik (41), Pendang (41) and Langkawi (38).
The athletes representing boys and girls in the Under-18, Under-15 and Under-12 age groups will vie for 89 gold medals over the four-day competition.
The track and field meet ends tomorrow.