The 2018-19 athletics season came to a close last week. Of 24 competitive SMUS teams, seven captured City titles and four won at the Island level. Of 19 possible B.C. Championships, the Blue Jags earned berths in 14 of them. In the process, SMUS placed third in Junior Girls Tennis and Girls Track and Field, second in Golf and both Junior Boys and Senior Boys Rugby, and won a coveted “Blue Banner” in Tennis. In addition, athletes earned provincial bronze and silver medals in Squash, a bronze and two silver medals at the Rowing nationals, and a first-ever National CAIS title in Girls Rugby 7s.
Other performances of note included Senior Boys Volleyball qualifying for BCs for the first time ever, while the Senior Boys Basketball team exceeded expectations by reaching the provincial AA semi-finals.
Among many outstanding individual performances, Angelina Shandro dominated track and field and the Senior Girls 400m race, clocking a blistering 54.92 in obliterating the field. This time bested the national U20 standard by over two seconds. Likewise, Sonja Tang won medalist honours for Girls at the BC Golf tournament.
Many other top performers were recognized at the recent Athletic Awards Banquet. Congratulations to all athletes who took part this year and in particular to those listed below.
Work ethic, attitude, leadership and sportsmanship, as voted by teammates.
Field Hockey – Suzie Stone
Boys Soccer – Ewan Halliday
Girls Soccer – Nesha Colgate
Boys Basketball – Yunus Ozer
Girls Basketball – Meredith Selwood
Boys Rugby – Max Nishima
Girls Rugby – Chloe Hill-Huse
Boys Volleyball – Tristan Kuhn
Girls Volleyball – Kiri Ngawati
Golf – Sonja Tang
Rowing – Radha Raina
Sailing – Alex Shirley
Boys Cross Country – Spencer Dearborn
Girls Cross Country – Emma Coetze
Boys Track and Field – Joel Kiggundu
Girls Track and Field – Preetinder Dhillon
Squash – Stanley Weng
Badminton – Reven Liu
Tennis – Max Zhang
Parents’ Auxiliary Cup
Outstanding Male Athlete
Ty Olynyk (Runner-up)
Outstanding Female Athlete
Meredith Selwood (Runner-up)
Parents’ Auxiliary Sportsmanship Award
Outstanding effort, humility in victory, grace in defeat
Billy Greenwell Award
Outstanding Male Basketball Player
Outstanding 1st XV Rugby Player
Jin Woo Park
Nancy Mollenhauer Cup
Outstanding Field Hockey Player
Outstanding Junior Athlete
All round performance and effort
Tadeo Allerding and Claudia Murr