Athletics Week in Review: October 19

Another busy sporting week came and went, with local league schedules winding down and teams jockeying for playoff positioning.

Cross-Country

The Senior cross-country team hosted the annual Cedar Hill race last week. Under beautiful sunny skies, more than 30 participants took part in what many consider the hardest race of the season. Aysha Emmerson, Emily Stone, Maia Watson and Tucker Forbes all recorded top-10 finishes, with the Senior Girls placing second as a team.

The next race for SMUS is Thursday at Beaver Lake, which will be a preview for the Island Championships that take place in two weeks.

See more photos from the Cross-Country race at Cedar Hill Park at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

Volleyball

Senior girls volleyball, led by Jamie Bruynzeel, Elise Lincoln and Sara Cui, had a strong showing in league action despite dropping two sets to powerful Oak Bay.

The Blue Jags are now at the Western Canadian Independent Schools tournament in Winnipeg until Saturday (October 21). Traditionally, this high-level event has been a key building block in preparing SMUS for league and Island playoffs.

The Junior girls squad, led by Meaghan Power-Pollitt and Anna Brinham, won its matches versus Glenlyon Norfolk School and Vic High. The group next looks forward to meeting Mount Douglas.

See more photos of the Junior girls volleyball team in action at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

Soccer

The Senior boys split its two matches, falling 3-1 to league leading Reynolds before defeating Lambrick Park 3-0. Aidan Kerr, Thames Tangkarawakul and Finn Goodyear were the goalscorers. The team needs to get back to good health prior to key matches at both Oak Bay and GNS.

The Senior boys development side also managed two games, losing narrowly to Vic High before rallying to tie Stelly’s. 

Meanwhile, the Junior boys scrambled back from deficits to draw 2-2 versus both Mount Douglas and Oak Bay, gaining two crucial league points in the process. Callum Colgate scored three of the goals while newcomer Gedeon Banat pulled the strings in midfield.

Rowing

The October Sprints Regatta took place in glorious weather at Elk Lake last weekend with all the Rowing crews acquitting themselves well. Pride of place went to the Junior Novice Women’s 8+ and the Junior Men’s 8+, both of which won gold medals.

The Junior Novice Men’s 8+, Junior Novice Men’s 4X and Senior Advanced Men’s 2X finished second in their respective races, while the Junior Men’s 4X and Senior Advanced Men’s 4X also reached the podium.

Sixty SMUS rowers put in a terrific effort, learned a great deal and had lots of fun. They all now look forward to the City Championship regatta November 4 and 5.

Squash

Sixteen SMUS athletes took part in the B.C. Open Championships, with Oliver Kerr (1st), Matias Totz, Alden W., Sebastian Huxley and Rachel Yuen all finishing top three in their flights.

In Windsor, Ont., Brooke Herring won the U19 girls event at the Gold 2 tournament, defeating last year’s national champion in a five-set thriller.

Field Hockey

The Senior girls traveled to Ontario to play in the St. John’s-Kilmarnock (SJK) Invitational. The team defeated Holy Trinity, Trinity College, Ridley and SJK in pool play, but then fell 2-0 to the hosts in the tournament final. Captain Judy Kim, Suzie Stone and Nadine Reis all played extremely well.

The girls development team placed sixth at the ISAs. Then, behind the solid play of Linnea Cuzner, Kate O’Connor, Stephanie Ganz and Andrea Alarcon, beat Reynolds 4-0.

Rugby

The Grade 9 team split four matches at the ISA 7-a-side tournament, edging out Brentwood College and Collingwood School but falling to St. George’s and Shawnigan Lake School.

The Grade 8 team traveled up-Island for their third match against Shawnigan. After a slow start, the team bounced back impressively to record a narrow victory. Alejandro C., Jack J. and Ryan C. were all prominent.

Vivat!

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