Athletics Review: October 3, 2011

Grade 9 Rugby
The SMUS Grade 9 rugby team continued its season with a 39-5 win over Brentwood. A good number of the less heralded players, such as Emiliano Sedano, Trevor Smith, Carson Smith and Angus Catto, took on leadership roles and performed extremely well.

Try scorers included Carson Smith (2), Alex Carrion (2), David Lee, Jack Sherrod and Diego Olivares. Angus Catto added two conversions. To its credit, the Brentwood team competed very well throughout. As the school begins at Grade 9 level, virtually all the players were new to the sport of rugby. The improvement shown, even within the parameters of a sixty minute game, was noteworthy.

SMUS now looks forward to a Thanksgiving weekend contest vs. Castaway Wanderers U15s and an October 13 away match to Shawnigan. Then comes an October 15 province wide U15 Sevens competition, also to be held at Shawnigan.

Cross-Country
With approximately 40 cross-country runners joining the ranks this year, one cannot help but be impressed by this record-setting number. Training has been gruelling thus far, but those who have managed to make it through the training have been treated to two stellar races. The goal for the team is individual improvement, and many are well on their way to attaining this goal.

In the first meet at Beacon Hill, the conditions were ideal and our Grade 10 girls shone with Sarah Taylor in 3rd and Chrissy Robillard in 14th. The Grade 10 girls collectively won 3rd place as a team. The Senior girls also had an excellent debut, with Alexis Thind taking 6th, Valentina Rodriguez in 9th, and Shawdy Joobani in 10th. The Senior girls team took an impressive 2nd place. On the boys’ side, the results were equally as impressive. The Grade 10 boys team was 1st, with Zach Khan and David Borodo individually making the top 10. In the competitive Senior boys division, Cole Turner faired well by finishing in 11th place and Jason Chiu was not far behind in 16th. The Senior boys team finished in 4th place overall.

The second meet was at Lambrick Park, and although SMUS would be without their Grade 11 runners due to out-trips, the team made strides with their overall goal of improvement. The grade 10 girls team came in 2nd place, with Laura Woods (12th) and Kalkidan Amare (19th) standing out as being excellent on race day. On the Senior girls front, Christina Chwyl (12th) was particularly impressive. The boys stayed consistent, with the Grade 10 boys team taking 1st place once again. The Senior boys event was considerably stronger than the previous week, with Claremont and Oak Bay bringing their top boys for the race. The Senior boys again finished in 4th place, led by the work of Cole Turner.

The next race goes Thursday afternoon at Beaver Lake. This is the start of the long weekend, so it will be interesting to see how many SMUS runners will be involved. Regardless, it is a premier event on the circuit as Beaver Lake is the site of the Island Championships, to be help in late October.

Junior Boys Soccer
The first week of regular season play was a very busy one for the Junior boys soccer team. On Monday, SMUS hosted Reynolds in what turned out to be a very comfortable 5-1 win. In the first half, both Michael Baart and Max Gaethje managed to score. After the break, the team continued to play well, dominating possession and breaking up most of Reynolds’ attacks. So dominant were they that Max managed a hat-trick in the second half.

On Wednesday, the team travelled to Oak Bay for what turned out to be another victory for the boys. Max Gaethje found the net twice while Michael Baart capped off the half with one more to make it 3-0. Oak Bay grabbed one back in the second half, but by the whistle, SMUS had put four more past the opponent’s keeper. Bryce Fenton, who played in goal in the first half, came out and managed to tap one in while Alex Carrion and Borja Lopez, our two regular strikers, found the back of the net to make it 7-1 by the final whistle.

After resting Thursday, the boys headed up to Shawnigan Lake School on Friday and Saturday for the ISA Tournament. The teams played four games over two days and became stronger and more fluid with each game. Unfortunately, our first opponent was also our toughest. In that game against St. George’s on Friday morning, the boys suffered their first defeat of the season. Only Michael Baart was able to beat the keeper in the match. In their second game, against Brentwood, the boys conceded a late goal and were forced into a penalty shootout. Bryce Fenton proved invaluable in goal, saving one shot, which forced a sixth penalty that Owen Sudel converted, and the team took two valuable points from the draw into their next games on Saturday.

The next morning, SMUS faced Southpointe, which turned out to be a rather one-sided contest, ending 11-3. In the final game against Shawnigan Lake School, the boys controlled a lot of the action in the first half, scoring four goals, the last of which was scored by Simon Gray, who followed up on his missed penalty. In the second half, the team let in four goals but managed five more of their own, enough to secure another three points. With this final win, the boys came away from tournament with a very respectable second place finish.

This week the team travels to Glenlyon Norfolk School on Monday and hosts Mt. Doug on Wednesday.

Rowing
Saturday saw the SMUS team begin their fall competitive season at the annual high school Crabfest Regatta.

The SMUS team’s goal was to be crab-free. With a reduced team due to the Grade 11 out-trips, we were limited to entries for a few Senior girls, and the Juniors.

The Senior girls placed third in their heat, which was a real accomplishment considering three out of the four athletes were juniors. An even bigger accomplishment was the experience gained from the race itself. The girls rowed together as a team, making it down the course in a perfectly straight line. Once was enough to get them hooked and the girls eagerly await the next regatta.

The Junior boys did a great job this weekend. They raced in a senior eight and two quads, and so some of the boys were able to race twice. It was a huge learning experience for the boys as they got a chance to see how a race is usually run. They were able to row fairly straight down the course and did well considering the limited amount of time they have spent practicing on the water. It seems as if they are even more excited about rowing now and are willing to put in the work to get better!

With sparkling attitudes and natural teamwork, the Junior girls came down the course relaxed, with concentrated technique. For their age group, both entries in the Junior girls quad came across the line in very respectable times. The eight battled to the line in their heat and, although a blistering effort was made, they failed to advance to the final by only a few centimetres.

Congratulations to all of the SMUS rowing team for a great day of racing! Their sportsmanship on and off the water and support for each other was brilliant! The SMUS rowing teams next competition is the 2nd Annual Regatta, the weekend of October 22-23rd at Elk Lake.

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