Wednesday 20th September (four days after GPS), was the CIS Athletics Championships, where the top 3 athletes in their events at the GPS champs were invited to compete against all the other private schools’ associations across NSW. High sent a team of 12 athletes this year, and their results are as follows.
Kane Shields decided to make a name for himself in these championships, competing in the 400, 800 and 1500m treble. In his 800, Kane pushed to stick with the leading pack, kicking with 200 to go on a full sprint and pushing himself into the lead.
Unfortunately, 2 national finalists caught him in the last 30 metres of the straight. Kane still finished 3rd in 2:11.59, smashing Anton Brokman’s school record by 3 whole seconds! . Following his 800, Kane ran his 1500m against another strong field of competitors. Kane went into this field as one of the more inexperienced runners, which was shown in his 4 kicks in the final lap. What he lacked in experience however he more than made up for with grit and determination, forcing his way into another medal spot, and smashing his PB set at GPS by 3.5 seconds, in a time of 4:36.30, smashing yet another school record.
Under an immense amount of fatigue, Kane still forced himself to run in the 400 metres, coming a very respectable 6th place and still managing to run under a minute (59.90). I think it’s very safe to say that Kane has had an enormous week of racing, and that he still has a lot more left in him for years to come.
Rowan Tan was another one of our incredible U13s team to snag himself a haul of medals. Rowan’s 1st event was the U13s triple jump, where he jumped 12.45 metres, smashing the CIS record by a whole metre! Rowan then competed in the 400 metres, where he again had an incredible run, winning on the line in 55.34 seconds. Rowan finished off his great season of GPS athletics in the 13s 4x100m relay with Justin Lee-Nonis, Dylan Huynh and Andrew Gu, finishing in 3rd.
There were also a large range of great results by the other boys who competed in these championships. Pico Dos Santos-Lee competed in the U16s hurdles in a heat separate from his only competition, still managing to run 15.83 on one foot to come 3rd. Sudaraka Pieris ran in the U15s 100m and 200m, coming a respectable 3rd and 5th in 11.76 and 23.70 respectively. Julian Markworth Scott jumped another PB of 6.42 metres to come 2nd. The man is only getting better and better each time he competes! Rhys Shariff competed in the 14s 1500m, running 4:35.30 in what was a very tactical race to finish in 2nd. Eric Holmstrom ran in both the 17s 1500m and 3000m finishing in 2nd in a time of 4:24.00 and 3rd in a time of 9:27.68 respectively. Nicholas Katsilis competed in the opens 1500m, running a great time of 4:16.61 to smash his old personal best by a whole 7 seconds! Raghav Ramanathan also jumped 1.75 to finish in 4th place. Overall this has been one of our most successful appearances at the CIS carnival. We finished up with a tally total of 11 medals. Congratulations to all the boys who competed, and hopefully next year we can send an even larger team of athletes to compete!
Kurt Rich MIC Athletics
Neil Song Athletics Coach