Athletics Week in Review: May 15

In an extremely busy and varied week of sport, there were many fine individual and team accomplishments, as the spring athletic season moved inexorably towards provincial finals.

Track and Field

At the Lower Island Track and Field meet, the Grade 9s and 10s performed outstandingly well, with Kyle Stenberg and Liam Erlic winning the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles respectively.

Then, Lauren Randall-Guy completed an impressive triple, with gold medal efforts at 100m (13.13), 200m (26.63) and 800m (2:20.60).

Among the Grade 10s, Kenzi Farish captured the 300m hurdles before placing second in both the long jump and triple jump events. Not to be outdone, Angelina Shandro finished first in the 200m (25.57) and 400m races (57.81).

Finally, the Junior girls 4 x 400m relay team of Farish, Randall-Guy, Shandro and Suzie Stone set a new meet record (and smashed a SMUS record dating back to 1990 by 5 seconds).

To cap a wonderful day, Randall-Guy and Shandro were named the top overall performers for their age group!

At Senior level, Nathan Von Hagen won the triple jump (12.42m) and was second in long jump. Cordel Tromp was victorious in the 400m race. 

The athletes listed above, and several others, now move on to the Island finals in Port Alberni, with medalists from that meet qualifying for provincials.

Rowing

The SMUS Crew traveled to Shawnigan Lake for its final spring regatta. Two days of glorious weather made for some memorable experiences and strong performances.

Congratulations to Jaime Chow, Bella Knezevic, Emily Selwood, Firinne Rolfe, Hannah Look, Grace Couchman, Meg Sheehan, Kelly Jiang and Natalia Tejado, who combined for gold in the U19 JV Women 8+. Likewise, Sonya Pareiko (U19 Novice Women’s Single) and Naomi Tung, Emily White, Look, Pareiko and Rolfe (U19 Novice Women’s Coxed Four) topped the podium.

Five other crews which finished in second place in their races were both the U17 and the U19 Women’s Coxed Four, the U17 Women’s 8+, the U19 Men’s JV Coxed Four and the U19 Novice Men’s Coxed Quad. The U19 JV Men’s Eight grabbed a bronze medal.

One final competition remains, with 27 SMUS athletes heading to St. Catharines, Ontario, June 1-3 for the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Championship. Best of luck to all.

Rugby

The Junior boys enjoyed two comfortable victories over Oak Bay and Belmont to claim the City title. Will Kinahan remains an influential figure, with his strong running and reliable goal kicking. Clayton Burrage and Allistair Catto carried the ball effectively while scrum half Luka Djurickovic kept the games moving at a high tempo.

Next up for the Blue Jags is a crucial Island semi-final versus Brentwood, with the winner qualifying for both the Island final and B.C. Junior tournament.

A mixture of Seniors and Grade 10s also took part in an exhibition versus Glenlyon Norfolk School, riding a solid first half defensive effort to a 10-0 lead. However, the visiting Gryphons engineered three good tries of their own after the break to win 21-10.

SMUS now looks ahead to the May 17 Howard Russell Cup final versus AAAA powerhouse Oak Bay.

The Senior girls had the distinction of hosting the Australian Women’s Sevens team for mid-week training, before then going on to watch the Wallaroos compete in the World Rugby Sevens event at Langford three days later.

In the interim, SMUS also managed exhibition wins over Spectrum and Mount Douglas. In two notable team efforts, Jessica Lineham, Sophia Tafel and Morgan Warner led the way, while juniors Linden Girardeaux, Dasha Tosova, Fernanda Davilla, Kate O’Connor and Ava Birtwistle showed why they will be major contributors to the program moving forward.

The Middle School rugby season also nears completion, with both the Grade 6-7 and Grade 8 sides hosting City jamborees this week. To date, both have displayed impressive skills when in possession of the ball. Jamboree success will likely hinge on the quality of tackling, which has improved noticeably in recent weeks.

Also, the Junior School completed a term of rugby by taking part in its own City Jamboree. SMUS entered two Grade 4-5 teams, in a large event which featured hundreds of boys and girls new to the sport. The improvement in positional play, passing, tackling and ability to read the game by each player was significant! Likewise, all involved developed a sense of team and camaraderie. Well done!

Soccer

The Senior girls team lost a 1-0 heart breaker to Oak Bay in Ryan Cup semifinal action. Seventy minutes of regulation play, plus extra time, could not produce a goal, with tight marking and strong goalkeeping prominent at both ends of the field. In the end, the Blue Jags fell in a penalty shootout, though not before connecting on five of its six attempts. However, in a clinical display of shooting, Oak Bay scored on all six shots to advance to the final versus Reynolds.

SMUS now competes in the May 14-15 Island AA Tournament, set to be played at both Braefoot and Hampton Parks, results of which will be in the next Athletics Week in Review. Topping the pool, versus North Island foes Ballenas, Mark Isfeld and Brooks, will ensure a trip to the tournament final and, by extension, the provincials.

Sailing

The sailing team took part in its first regatta on May 12, with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club host to the Discovery Cup. Sunny skies and moderate winds made for some interesting races, with the SMUS 1 team finishing mid pack. In something of a surprise, but reflective of the squad’s depth, SMUS 2 won silver medals and very nearly took home the championship trophy. Well done to all 28 who took part.

Badminton

Various members of the Senior badminton team took part in an exhibition high school tournament at VIU on May 11. Mido Luo and Skyler Ji gained silver medal in the girls Junior B doubles.

Tennis

The tennis squad was busy, with the Juniors attending the BC tournament. A predominantly Grade 9 group featuring, among others, Amy Yang, Kristina Matthews and Alex Ross, placed 5th overall.

Meanwhile, the Senior team matched the Island title won last year, by beating Brentwood 9-2 and then edging out Shawnigan Lake. Matthews, Karina Morales, Gigi Ma, Devon Mills and Chrisabel Sum played very consistently, while, on the boys’ side, Ross, Turay Akdogan, Tony Liu, Matthias Hoenisch and Noah Garson were equally solid. SMUS now looks forward to the AA Provincials starting May 23.

Golf

The Blue Jags golf team traveled to Highland Pacific Golf Course for the Lower Island tournament. Despite windy conditions on a tight golf course, several players recorded personal best scores. Masato Nakata won the long drive competition. Next up is the Island Championships at Pheasant Glen Golf Course. Hopefully, at full strength for the first time all term, SMUS can win a berth to provincials.

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