Saturday 24th April began with an early start for the members of the Wycombe Abbey School Changzhou running club, with 21 students and 3 staff travelling to Suzhou Singapore International school (SSIS) for our first track and field competition of the year. After a light breakfast and a quick team photo the team warmed up together, preparing for the busy day ahead. In total the team competed in 6 track events, running from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm. These everts were 100m, 200m and 400m sprints and 4x100m relay followed by the longer distance races of 800m and 1500m run.
In the first event we had a strong number of athletes with both boys and girls representing WASC. In the 800m middle school category, P. Pan (Y9 Hawking) controlled the race from start to finish, taking Gold, followed by S. Zhou (Y9 Newton) in second place. In the girls’ race both J. Zhou (Y8 Austen) and L. Wu (Y8 Fonteyn) ran side by side to finish second and third.
In the second event, the 100m dash, T. Wang (Y9 Hawking) ran a superb race winning in superb form. Tamati Kent- martin (Y8 Elgar) worked hard in his race to finish second. S. Xu (Y8 Elgar) pushed hard in his race to win from a standing start where others in his race had the advantage of using starting blocks to their advantage. R. Wu (Y10 Blyton) ran a solid race in the 100m, narrowly missing out on a medal position in her race. In the junior category, C. Shelley (Y7 Hawking) raced well against his peers, producing a pleasing result whilst working at the best of his ability.
The 4 x 100m relay was the next event to take to the track, to which 4 teams were fielded from WASCZ. The first team, T. Wang (Y9 Hawking), T. Kent-Martin (Y8 Elgar), J. Akordor (Y8 Hawking), and J. Jiang (Y9 Hawking), competed against High school students, despite they themselves being in the middle school, and more than held their own against the older students, a great credit to the school. The other three teams ran well and with little practice working together managed to successfully complete swift and graceful handovers.
The 400m race was the last race before a brief pause for lunch and J. Akordor (Y8 Hawking) impressed peers and spectators to take an easy first, followed closely by O. Zhong (Y8 Scott) and T. Wang (Y9 Hawking), resulting in a WASCZ dominated podium. Equally impressive were L. Wu (Y8 Fonteyn) and J. Zhu (Y8 Fonteyn) winning their Girls 400m race in 1st and 2nd.
After a well- earned lunch break, the athletes continued with the sixth track event being the 200m. Here H. Lui (Y9 Hawking), a new addition to the team gave a great effort in his race, narrowly missing out on a podium position.
In the final track event, the 1500m we had a strong turn out for middle school boys. Toeing the line was P. Pan (Y9 Hawking), S. Zhou (Y9 Newton), J. Yang (Y8 Blake), J. Akordor (Y8 Hawking), K. Gao (Y8 Blake) and R. Chen (Y9 Hawking).
P. Pan set off at a fast pace and again controlled the pace to take first place. S. Zhou chased hard, although not quite strong enough to catch Perry and took 2nd. In third place J. Yang ran a super race, followed by J. Akordor 4th, K. Gao 5th and R. Chen 6th who completed the race despite struggling with a foot injury, meaning the leaderboard was dominated by WASCZ athletes.
Overall, the event was a great success, and an encouraging first competition of the year for the WASCZ athletic club, competing against schools that have well developed athletic teams. In a short time, the athletics team has progressed and developed considerable depth and talent, and we look forward to seeing further success with more and more training!
The pupils clearly enjoyed the competition, with smiles all round after the final race, and everyone gave their best effort, both individually and in the relay races. Congratulations to all the athletes, namely:
Y7 - C. Shelley
Y8 - J. Yang, O. Zhong, J. Zhu, L. Wu, V. Wu, J. Liu, S. Xu, L. Lu, K. Gao, T. Martin, J. Akordor, S. Xu
Y9 - S. Zhou, H. Lui, P. Pan, A. Wu, R. Chen, J. Jiang, T. Wang
Y10 - R. Wu