Athletics Review: Nov 1, 2010

Senior Cross Country
The Island Championships took place last Wednesday at Beaver Lake. The conditions were a little muddy, but all things considered, it was a perfect day for cross country. In all, there would be approximately 250 entries in both the girls race and the boys race. For SMUS, we had 20 runners total.

In the girls race, the expectations were high that we would qualify to the provincial championships. In order to accomplish this, we needed to finish as one of the top four teams on the day (each team is composed of their five best runners). However, this would prove to be a very difficult task, as key runners Laura Simandl (sickness) and Shawdy Joobbani (injury) could not take part.

The girls race was packed with talent, and our SMUS girls did well to finish up in the standings. Jocelyn Stedman would be first across the line for SMUS, with a 29th place finish overall. Hannah Nielsen was close behind in 31st place. Alexis Thind, Raquel Solmer and Christina Chewl rounded out the SMUS team. Special mention should go to Grade 9 standout Chrissy Robillard, who had a superb race.

When the results were announced, SMUS was very disappointed with a 5th place team standing. The girls had worked hard enough in training to be provincial calibre, but in the end, the girls could not fill the gaps that a couple of runners had left.

In the boys’ event, SMUS was not expected to qualify for the provincials, but that did not curb their enthusiasm. The boys collectively ran their best race of their season, and finished with a 13th place team finish. While this result may sound nothing special, our SMUS team was only a few points out of the top 10. Alex Kinahan was the top SMUS boy, with a nice pack consisting of Cole Turner, Sam Jackson and Robert Wyatt right behind. Kieran Hyatt rounded out the SMUS scorers, and had he not taken a tumble into a mud puddle, a top 10 finish may very well have been in the cards. Special mention goes to Billy Cheng and Mike Gau for their awesome improvement this season.

Coaches Hunt and Tobacco applaud all team members for their effort in training and their overall commitment to the team. With very few Grade 12 members on the Senior cross-country team, future success will be inevitable.

Junior Boys Soccer
On Wednesday, the Junior Boys soccer team suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of a strong Stelly’s side. The game was hard fought and generally quite an open affair, but late on in the first half, the opponent’s ring winger found his way deep into our sixteen-yard box and managed to slip one past our keeper, Cole Tamburri. Cole, who was tremendous throughout the entire game, made some spectacular saves that kept us in the match. In the second half, the team changed its formation and managed to get some shots on goal, but in the end our attackers were unable to foil Stelly’s keeper and the score remained, 1-0.

The coming week, the last one of the season, will be a busy one for the boys. On Monday, they face Oak Bay again; this time it is a fight for third place in the city. On Thursday and Friday, SMUS will host the Island Championship, which promises to be a highly competitive tournament.

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