Alice Smith took a team of 10 runners to this year's SEASAC cross country event in Singapore hosted by United World College (UWC) East. Like the swimming team, the team was affected by the number of different sporting commitments happening on the same weekend. However, this didn't stop KLASS Lions from recording a fantastic set of results.
The first event was the individual races which was a multi-terrain course at Coney Island in NE Singapore. 66 boys lined up at the start line and the pace was quick, too quick for some! A blistering first kilometre of 3 mins 7 secs could not be sustained by the leading runner from the Canadian School in HK and that left a small group of six runners to battle it out over the next two KM which quickly became three runners over the final part of the course.
Oliver Trott ran fantastically to finish 3rd in 17 mins 23 secs, only 7 seconds behind the winner James Corbett from Tanglin Trust. Second home for KLASS was Jack Heneberry coming home in 8th place. The other KLASS runners were Sami Azam-Ali (13th), Johnny Hay (22nd) and Philip Searcy (24th). This put the team into third position of the 15 competing teams, behind the two UWC teams from Singapore. It was a great feat to get all five of our runners home in the top 24 places.
Second up was the girls individual race. The girls battled in the heat as the sun rose in the sky and the team of Kristin Jackson, Jamila Abdel-Razek, Aleca Haeger, Natalie Hunter and Victoria Hovenden gave it their best efforts. Indeed, it was the first recorded time that four of the girls had run this distance so each of them ran 'personal bests' on the day.
On day two it was the Team Relay, an exciting race over 14 kilometers which saw each team member running 2.8KM each. A great day again for the boys team who held off UWC Dover to gain 2nd place with Oliver Trott running the fastest leg overall on the day. All the boys ran outstanding legs but special mention to Jack Heneberry who pulled the team from 5th place to 2nd place in his leg. The girls also ran better than they did the first day to finish two places higher than they had done the day before.
Well done to the team and once again, the KLASS team excelled themselves at the SEASAC XC Championships.
Cross Country Coach
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