Marvelous Matthias and Martina Shine as GIS Turn Out On Mass at the ISAC Cross Country Championships
The dynamic duo of Matthias Jarrault and Martina Ceccarelli produced magical performances at this year’s ISAC Cross Country Championship as they claimed the Under 9 Boys and Under 9 Girl’s titles respectively. The event, which was held on Sunday 6thOctober at Alice Smith’s Equine Park Campus, saw the top international schools in KL meet together to compete for the first time this sporting year.
Yet again, Garden set the standard in primary for mass participation at these championships, by sending a mammoth 125 children, beating the previous record of 112 which we set last year. Taking such a large group to compete was only possible thanks to over 22 members of primary staff, who voluntarily gave up their morning.
Every child who wore the light blue of Garden completed the 1500m course which was flat and mainly on grass. A light shower in the morning ensured Garden’s athletes had to negotiate a few puddles but this did not deter our magnificent athletes from their all and having an enjoyable and energized morning.
Yet again, the event provided a great opportunity to involve large numbers of children, in an athletics competition against other schools. The timing of the event at the start of the school year provided a super chance for children to assess their base endurance ahead of a busy year of school sport.
The Under 9 Boys race was the first of the morning and Year 3 superstar, Matthias Jarrault, showed like his older sister Anaelle, he has bundles of endurance, by leading from start to finish to strike gold for GIS in a time of 6:02.07. Not far behind was Kristian Anderson, who clocked 6:09.7 to finish second. Other top 10 finishers included another Year 3, Matthew Tang who ran 6:12.9 for fourth place and Ben Shirley (6:24.2) in seventh.
For the Under 9 Girls, Martina Ceccarelli produced a dominant performance to secure gold for GIS in a scintillating time of 6:37.3. Just behind in second was Tara Parkin in 6:43.8. Tiyanna Johannessen was the other Garden top ten finisher with a time of 7:01.9 for 10th place.
For the Under 11 Boys, Adam Carlstrom was the first Garden athlete home, clocking a magnificent time of 5:54.5 to claim third place. Last year’s Under 9 Boys cross country champion, Edward Harvey (6:06.7), was Garden’s other top ten finisher in eighth position.
In the Under 11 Girls age group, Lauren Jenkins ran a time of 6:28.4 to finish in sixth overall with Arika Okubo (6:45.1) Garden’s other top ten finisher in ninth.
With the top 10 finishers all scoring points for their school teams, Garden finished in second overall at primary level; this was a superb result. However, the huge success story from the event was yet again, the record-breaking number of competitors Garden entered and the amazing team spirit by all involved. Thank you to the 100+ parents and family members who came down with the school team to support as well as all the other family members who met us at the venue.
Full results for each age category can be found below:
Under 9 Boys http://www.racesplitter.com/races/5498F939A
Under 9 Girls http://www.racesplitter.com/races/A49308BA4
Under 11 Boys http://www.racesplitter.com/races/8E518775E#split-1
Under 11 Girls http://www.racesplitter.com/races/5606D474C
All results have been posted on the Primary PE display boards. Thanks again to all the parents who came along to support!
Head of Primary PE