Athletics Review: May 23, 2011

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Track and Field
This week the track and field season culminated with the Vancouver Island Track and Field Championships. The two-day meet was filled with a number of personal bests and outstanding performances by SMUS athletes. Our Junior athletes in particular shone in their events. Ethel Kiggundu won the Junior girls long jump and posted personal records to place third in the 200, triple jump and 400 metres. Lindon Carter also reached a personal best to win the Junior boys 400 and placed 4th in the 200 metres. Arden Mollenhauer and Alice Zheng also eclipsed their league times to place 3rd and 7th respectively in the 1500. Laura Woods, a Grade 9 student, also ran extremely well, placing 4th in the Senior girls 400 and 5th in her own age group in the 200. Congratulations to all athletes who participated, and their fantastic performaces thoughout the season.

Senior Badminton
The Senior badminton team went to White Rock last Monday to play in the Provincial Challenge Game, where the winner earned a berth to the provincial championships. SMUS faced Fraser Valley powerhouse Semiahmoo.

Finally, SMUS had their full lineup for an important game. The team knew the challenge ahead would be no cakewalk, but the team felt confident going into the match. When the lineup sheets were revealed, SMUS felt content that the plan of putting Helen and Candice Ip together in doubles would be a good one. In the early going, it looked very good for SMUS, as we took both the boys’ doubles games. After the Ip sisters won both their games, we now needed just two more games for the victory. We needed both the boys’ doubles teams to win once again in order to squeak through. In fine form, the pair of Ethan Lee and Joe Ekthumrong won their match, leaving the Provincial berth riding on one final match. The pair of Robbie Thomas and Victor Ma started off well, winning the first game narrowly 21-19. In the second game, the boys had a poor start and the opposition edged them out 22-20. The third and deciding game was hard to watch, as our boys crumbled under the pressure and lost out. When the dust had settled, it was a disappointing 6-5 loss for SMUS.

The SMUS team was greatly upset to miss out on the provincial championships, surprising turn of events considering the team is so strong, with five players at the Junior National level. However, the coaching staff was pleased with the intensity and the effort the team played with down the stretch. With many members on the team currently at the Grade 9 level, there is much optimism with the future of the badminton program.

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