GIS Dragons turn out in record numbers at this year’s ISAC Cross Country Championships.
A record 196 athletes turned out to represent Garden International School at this year’s ISAC Cross Country Championships which were held on Saturday 11th October at Taman Rimba Komonwel. This number beat the previous total of 176 which was set by Garden last year. There were a total of ten races, on mixed terrain, which included three courses measuring 1.5km (Under 9s and Under 11s) 3km (Under 13s and Under 15s) and 5km (Over 15s). The top 10 finishers in each race scored points for their school. Garden recorded top 10 finishers in every race, scoring the most points in five out the ten race categories. When the final results were announced GIS finished in second place overall, with four children heading home with the title of ISAC Champion!
The event, organsied by MKIS in conjunction with ‘My Live More’ saw the top international schools in KL compete across all age groups for the first time this sporting year. The timing of the event at the start of the school year provided an excellent opportunity for children to assess their base fitness ahead of a busy year of school sport.
Matthew Tang and Lucas Foreman got Garden off to the perfect start in the Under 9 Boys category after they were awarded joint first place in a time of 5:52.2. Naut Lansbergen (5th), Dominic Burgess (7th) and Ben Nicholas (9th) were Garden’s other top 10 finishers. For the Under 9 Girls, Raquel Machado, who is still in Year 3, was Garden’s top finisher placing 6th (7:00.06) with Li Wei Law our other points scorer in 10th (7:31.7).
In the Under 11 Boys race, Daniel Stanlan was the first Garden athlete home, clocking a magnificent time of 5:37.5 to claim fourth place. One place behind was GIS newcomer Elliot Mills in 5:39.6 with Takuya Kondo finishing in ninth place in 5:48.7. In the Under 11 Girls age group, Martina Ceccarelli dipped under six minutes (5:58.8) to claim fifth place. Arika Okubo produced a determined performance to finish as Garden’s other top ten finisher in eight (6:08.3).
Ali Masoudi (11:19.5) and Christoffer Jensen (11:22.5) showed grit and determination to finish in eight and tenth place respectively in the Under 13 Boys race. Anjali Lim secured the runners up spot in the Under 13 Girls race in 11:19.5 with Caitlin Deck GIS’s other point scorer finishing in tenth place in a time of 12:16.2
Garden dominated the Under 15 Boys category, securing the top three positions with Ryotaro Fujimoto winning the race in 9:44.0. Riki Nakajima was in second (9:54.0) and Max Luer claimed third (10:07.4). Ryan Ting (10:16.9) and Jared Deck (10:28) were Garden’s other point scorers in fifth and eight place respectively. Vanessa Lee was Garden’s sole top ten finisher in the Under 15 Girls race, racing to second position in a time of 11:15.7
Five on the top ten finishers in the Over 15 Boys race wore the colours of Garden. This was a huge improvement from 2013 where Garden had no top ten finishers in this category! Julian Armani (18:19.4), Alex Hodson (18:30.6), Willem Klok (19:37.5), Daniel Herzhauser (19:44.3) and Iskandar Mah (19:56.5) all dipped under 20 minutes to finish in third, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth positions. The final race of the day saw two of Garden’s endurance superstars battle it out for gold in a sprint finish, with Robyn Jenkins (19:51.0) narrowly edging out Zoe Bowden (19:53.8) for gold in the Over 15 Girls category. Sarah Comber showed superb guile to finish in tenth (24:49.5).
Well done to all of the athletes who represented the school; you did yourselves proud. Thank you to the parents and family members who turned up in massive numbers to support and all of the GIS staff who supported the event.
All results have been posted on the PE display boards located between in the corridor between the Year 2 classrooms and undercover court. If you spot any errors/ discrepancies please report them to Mrs. Morgan (Primary) or Miss Walters (Secondary).
Go GIS Dragons!