May 20: Athletics Week in Review

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Track and Field

The track and field team took part in the Vancouver Island Championships on May 14 and 15, with a number of impressive performances seeing SMUS athletes qualify for the provincials.

Indeed, Beta Willeboordse got the ball rolling with personal bests in both the Triple Jump (10.34m) and Long Jump (4.88m). She claimed the silver medal in both events. This was followed by Saeed Shokoya, the defending BC champion, who also earned a silver medal in the 100m race.

Then, Chrissy Robillard made the podium with a bronze medal in the 400m hurdles.

Unfortunately, Laura Woods, a legitimate contender in the 400m and 800m, and a critical member of the 4 x 400m relay team, was ill. Hopefully, she (and teammates Robillard, Willeboordse and Stephanie Wong-Harrison) can reach the provincials through the “open zone” category, which is in place to cover athletes who have performed well through the season but then miss zone qualifying due to illness or injury. In the same manner, Jasper Johnston, who has been away in Brazil, hopes to gain entry in the Junior 200m and Long Jump.

Other fine Island efforts were turned in by Megan Harrison and Lisset Cabrera (4th and 5th in the 3000m) and the Senior Girls 4 x 100m relay team of Robillard, Beta Willeboordse, Carmel Katumba and Kenny Shokoya.

BC Championships take place May 29 – 31st in Langley.

See many more photos from the Vancouver Island Track and Field championships in the SMUS photo gallery.

Senior Boys Rugby

As expected, the 1st XV recorded two wins in AA City playoff action, dropping Esquimalt 50-12 in the semifinal round before notching several impressive long range tallies in a ten-try victory versus GNS.

In the latter game, Mac Valentine (having earlier in the season moved seamlessly into the hooker position) further demonstrated his versatility by slotting in effectively, on very short notice, as scrum half for the ailing Carson Smith.

In a fast, open game, captain and openside flanker Zach Kahn was much in evidence, registering a hat trick of tries. Likewise, centre Mitchell Newman made several telling line breaks and crossed for two scores of his own.

Fullback Angus Catto added a solo effort in addition to five conversions, while, up front, Matt Shin, Matt Rud and Abe Kharaghani were all prominent.

With the win, and after some tournament ranking rearrangements to accommodate travel, the team now enters the BC AAs as the #4 seed. Opening round action will take place on Saturday, May 24, with SMUS taking on #13 seed Frances Kelsey. Kickoff time is 1 pm, with the match to be played at Brentwood College.

The following week, SMUS moves to Abbotsford’s Rotary Stadium for the conclusion of the competition. Number-five ranked DW Poppy, new top seed Rockridge, defending champion Collingwood, in addition to Brentwood and GW Graham, should figure in to what promises to be an exciting and wide open event.

The tournament final is scheduled for May 31 at 2:30 pm.

Middle School Rugby

The Middle School spring rugby season concluded this past week with the Grade 6 team travelling to play in the Independent Schools Association’s 11-aside under 115 lbs tournament at Klahanie Park in West Vancouver.

The SMUS squad really enjoyed the day, with the boys (though maybe not the coaches) still having energy left on the return to school despite a 6:00 am departure.

On a very hot day, SMUS first recorded a close win over St. George’s and a narrow loss to Mulgrave. Some very good open running rugby, along with some stout defence was on display!

This continued after the lunch break with a close win over Brockton. However, the players then found the going a little tough in the first half against a physical and direct Collingwood side. In the last game of the day against Southridge, which was essentially their third game in a row, the squad – to their credit – bounced back to end the day with another win.

More importantly, the boys continued their development and combined to score several fine team tries. Will Kinahan, Matthew Gordon, Max Nishima, Adam Roberts and Liam Hodgins led the way.

Middle school rugby will recommence in September with the Grade 8 team playing 13-aside against St. George’s and Shawnigan Lake, and also hopefully versus some North Island public schools.

Photos by Judy Tobacco

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