Athletics Review: May 18, 2008

Senior Boys Rugby
The rugby rivalry between Oak Bay and St. Michaels University School has become something of legend in Island high school sports. Read the full article in the Times Colonist, May 16.

Middle School Rugby
The Grade 6 and 7 rugby teams rounded out their season with a trip to the ISA Middle School Tournament in Vancouver on Thursday, May 15. Teams from St. George’s, Collingwood, Southridge and the hosts Mulgrave were also part of the event. With a 5:50 am departure from school, there were a few cobwebs that needed to be swept away in the 6s and 7s early minutes of their first games. Both sides though played some highly skilled and open running rugby over the course of the day. The game results may not have always been in SMUS’ favour against larger players, who were more used to playing the eleven aside Grade 6 games and twelve aside Grade 7 games, which was new to the SMUS teams. The overall development of the 6s and 7s teams has been very much looking towards the future, with ball handling, support play and basic defensive skills being the focus. Many coaches and observers commented once again on the positive way both sides played the game using their skills to keep the ball alive.

In both the Grade 6 and 7 teams it was the development of team play that was stressed, some individuals need special mention. For the Grade 6s, some of the top performers throughout the season were Jeremy Chan, Bryce Fenton, Liam Keller-Young, Jacob Wilson-Potter and Paul Choi. For the Grade 7s, forwards Dave Pollen and Liam Hyatt both played with toughness and determination, whilst in the backs the diminutive scrum-half and fly-half combination of Chris Fenje and Sam Reid quickly got the ball back into play and defended heroically, with centre and occasional forward Monty Fraser-Brown always ensuring some straight ahead running.

Track and Field
The track and field season culminated with the Island Championships at UVic last Wednesday. There were many amazing performances by all of our athletes. Jocelyn Stedman received 3rd in the 3000m Bantam Girls division. In the Junior Boys 3000m, Leo Marchand placed 3rd and Mark Wizinsky placed 5th. Leo Marchand also won 1st in the 1500m Junior Boys race. Maddy Peterson earned 5th place in the 1500m Bantam Girls event, and in the 1500m Open Girls division Tica Bengston took 8th place. Heather Buckingham placed 4th in the Open Girls 1500m steeplechase. In the Senior Girls Long Jump, Julie Shim received 6th place. Tony Chuang and Imran Ismail did brilliantly in the Senior Boys Triple Jump, with Tony Chuang placing 3rd with a jump of 11.91m and Imran Ismail taking 2nd place with a leap of 12.61m. Imran Ismail also won 2nd Place with a jump of 6.44m in the Senior Boys Long Jump. The really incredible jumping by both Imran and Tony has qualified them for the B.C. Championships, which go on May 30-31 in Burnaby.

Track and Field is in full swing at the Middle School with athletes having now competed in four meets to qualify for the City Championships the first week of June. The Grade 7s are proving to be a power house team with the boys running away with the 4x100m relay and outstanding individual performances by Julia Milden, Lindon Carter, and Georgios Ikonomou. Mason Lowen has finished first or second in at least five different events. Strong performances have also been registered by a number of athletes in Grades 6 and 8 as well.

The relay and 3000m finals will be Monday, May 26 and everyone will be hoping for some warmer weather to go with great performances.

The top 16 track and 12 field competitors will definitely make the City Final and possibly more competitors depending on the selection criteria. Check out the results of all our athletes. Please note the results are still subject to revision in the event of errors. The City Championships should be a great day for our SMUS athletes.

The Golf team was at their AA Island Championships last Tuesday up at Arbutus Ridge. The team played their best golf of the year, and came away with the championship. The team of Dylan Callow, Rebecca Minaker, Chris Smith, Karia Rosenberg and Francois Boyer have qualified for the Provincial Championships. The tournament runs May 24-27 in Kamloops. Best of luck to the team!


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