SEASAC CROSS COUNTRY REVIEW
On Friday 21st November and Saturday 22nd November, Garden International School sent its largest ever SEASAC cross country team to compete at a very challenging course at Taman Komonwel which included plenty of muddy steep climbs and even a small stream crossing. On Day One, students competed over a multi-terrain course over 3k (girls) or 5k (boys) with the top four athletes scoring points for their team. The team relay competition was the focus on Day Two, with each athlete in a team of five completing a 3k course.
For Garden’s girls, it was a weekend to remember with Robyn Jenkins running (4th), Anjali Lim (6th), Zoe Bowden (8th) and Vanessa Lee (13th) scoring points to ensure Garden finished in 2nd overall. A special mention should go to Caitlin Deck in Year 8 as she came home as Garden’s fifth fastest runner. In the team relays it was another silver as the team of Anjali, Samantha Lim, Zoe, Vanessa and Robyn each pushed hard to push themselves to the absolute limit. It was infact the youngest member of the team, Anjali, who ran the fastest lap time. A huge well done also to Caitlin, Sarah Comber, Molly Smith, Roshni Kanayalal and Mira Bouwmeester who combined brilliantly to finish 11th.
With a spate of injuries and illness leading up to the event, the Garden boys team had some late changes and there were many SEASAC debutants. After finishing 5th in the team competition on Day One, which saw Ryotaro finish in a magnificent fifth place, the boys were leading Day Two’s relay competition after two laps with storming runs from Ryotaro and Julian Armani. With other teams placing their key runners on the latter legs, Remi Sondaz, Daniel Herzhauser and Riki Nakajima ran well but narrowly finished outside the medals to see Garden eventually finish a very respectable fourth. A huge congratulations to Willem Klok, Jared Deck, Jeremy Doughty, Rohan Quyon, Ryan Ting and Guan Jin Ong, many of whom stepped into the team late in the week, who represented the school superbly. Jeremy, Rohan, Ryan and Guan Jin finished a very respectable ninth, with Rohan and Ryan having to run an extra 1.5km each when one of the team pulled out injured.
Full Results from the event can be viewed here: 2014 X-Country results