Dragons' Track and Field season finishes on a high!
By Ian Deeth, Head of Primary School Activities, East Campus
For the first time, UWCSEA East competed in three end of season track meets covering Junior, Middle and High School.
Junior School In the Junior School, TanishaPatil stole the headlines as she scored double gold as East debuted at the Junior School ACSIS Track and Field Championships. Competing against 15 other international schools at the Clementi Stadium on Saturday, 23 April, a team of over 50 athletes competed in their respective age group; running, jumping and throwing to the best of their ability, having fun, supporting their peers and scoring valuable points for the East Dragons.
Although there were many highlights on the day, Tanisha Patil was East’s standout performer. Competing in the 11&U age category, Tanisha produced a leap of 3.70m to clinch gold in the long jump before leading from start to finish in the 800m, claiming a second gold and a championship record in a time of 2:39. Levi Skyum was another double medalist running both the 800m and 200m, claiming a bronze and silver medal respectively. What made this achievement even more remarkable, is the fact that his races were just 15 minutes apart.
Silver medals were also claimed by Nicholas Oliver (11&U) in the long jump and by both Jake Johnson (11&U) and Kennedy Parker (9&U) in the high jump. Our youngest medalist was Agustin Miquelarena who was competing in the 8&U age group and claimed a bronze in the 200m.
One of the highlights of the day was the amazing support from families and friends: Alhan Hussain’s family had even made their own UWC supporter signs, which they held with pride, to help encourage and inspire our young athletes.
Unfortunately, due to adverse weather, the programme was cut short, so not all students were able to complete all of their races but the results of completed events can be found below:
High School With no official High School ACSIS Championships, East collaborated with the Japanese School, SJII and Canadian School (Jurong Campus), to host a four-way track meet at the Clementi Stadium on Sunday, 24 April. At the end of a superb morning of track events only, East narrowly edged out the Canadian School to be crowned invitational champions.
With both scoring and non-scoring events, students had a choice of different events and many of our athletes experimented with new distances for the first time.
Of the many excellent performances, Nayana Jain was in fine form as she claimed a middle distance double in the 1500m and 800m. Aditya Sengupta and Sophie Inkster both claimed first place in the 400m; it was the first time both had ran one lap of the track competitively and I’m sure both will be keen to continue pushing themselves in this event.
East will look to build on the number of events they compete in at High School level with invitationals at SAS and in Thailand scheduled for 2017.
The full set of results from the meet can be found here.
Middle School The final meet of the track and field season was the Middle School ACSIS Championships, hosted by the Singapore American School on Saturday, 7 May. From the many eye-catching performances, the last event of the day (the 14&U girls high jump) provided the perfect finale for East as Fred Pesch cleared a Championship record of 1.53m to claim gold in a new championship record. Fred (short for Frederique), has consistently been one of East’s top gymnasts and used her spring and body awareness to great effect to clear the winning height first time, having only had 15 minutes specific event training prior to championships. Onwards and UPWARDS.
Tanisha Patel (400m and 1500m) and Will Bruhn (800m and 1500m) were both double gold medalists on the day and for Tanisha it was a specially memorable achievement, as she was not only competing in the year group above but also set a championships record in the 1500m. Her twin sister, Tanmayi, also competed in three events despite being a year younger than most of her competitors.
Jake Johnson (High Jump) and Levi Skyum (400m) were two more junior school athletes who competed in the middle school competition, claiming a bronze and silver respectively.
A special mention should also go to Joseph Jacques who was also competing in the year above. Straight from a third place finish in the Spartan Junior Race, he rushed over to the SAS to compete in the 800m before heading off to rugby training. His older brother Thomas, who also competed in the 2k Spartan race, joined in the action by running the first leg of the 4 x 100m.
Our girls 4 x 100m quartet of Antara, Anikka, Ria, and Lu Min claimed silver whilsts Anika Rojkjaer (Long Jump) and Kentaro Okumura (400m) were over East medalists both claiming bronze.
Results for the Middle School ACSIS Finals can be found here.
Leading up to these meetings, many children had been regularly attending sessions at Kallang practise track after school and in the week leading up to the Championships, additional morning and lunchtime practises supplemented their training. It has been a cracking season of Track and Field for all levels and I am immensely proud of all of our students efforts. A massive thank you to all the positive parent support we had over the season.
A huge thank you also to Ms De Kloe, Mr Dunn, Coach Katrina and Coach Vivian as well as coaches from Fabian Williams Coaching Concepts who had helped the athletes prepare leading up to these competitions.
By Ian Deeth Head of Primary School Activities East Campus