By REDintern Romaine Soh
Bedok Reservoir, Saturday, January 19, 2013 — Mok Ying Rong was the fastest local female runner at the 62nd Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) Cross Country Championships when she clocked 17 minutes 19 seconds for the 4.3km course. Her Swift teammate, Jenny Lundgren, stopped the clock well over a minute ahead at 16:08 to win the Open category.
Ying Rong said: “Initially, looking at the heavy rain, I almost didn’t show up because I thought the race would be cancelled! But I came in the end … because the passion in me was burning like how Adele is able to set fire to the rain!”
Ying Rong will be making her maiden appearance for Nanyang Polytechnic at the Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic (IVP) Track and Field Championships which will take place over the next two Saturday afternoons at ITE College East (Simei).
With only two other schools to pose a challenge for the title, Raffles Institution (RI) glided effortlessly to the Under-20 title.
Led by Jolene Quek who finished first in 18:07, RI runners swept the top seven positions with three Anglo-Chinese Junior College athletes rounding off the top 10.
With rivals Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) not signing up for the competition, and Victoria Junior College (VJC) pulling out at the last minute due to the inclement weather, the field was open for RI to dominate.
RI has a strong team this year, with Adeline Bee, Mary Lisa Chua and Daphane Chia moving up from the B Division in their bid to win back the National Schools championship shield from reigning champion HCI. Previously, RI had been winning the title consecutively since 2009, until last year when HCI sprung a surprise on everyone, ending RI’s winning streak.
Said RI runners Janielle Lim and Victoria Tan: “There were really few people at this race, so we were basically running among ourselves. There’s always the Wings Cross Country meet to let us gauge our competitors!”
Women U-20 Results (Top 20)
1st Jolene Quek Qian Ying (#17, Raffles Institution) — 18:07
2nd Tan Wan Xin (#18, Raffles Institution) — 18:31
3rd Adeline Bee (#20, Raffles Institution) — 18:49
4th Victoria Tan Shi Ying (#19, Raffles Institution) — 18:53
5th Janielle Lim Yan Han (#16, Raffles Institution) — 19:02
6th Mary Lisa Chua (#23, Raffles Institution) — 19:04
7th Daphane Chia (#22, Raffles Institution) — 19:29
8th Faith Lee (#3, Anglo Chinese Junior College) — 19:49
9th Janine Quek (#4, Anglo Chinese Junior College) — 20:12
10th Alyse Su (#1, Anglo Chinese Junior College) — 20:49
U-20 Team Results
1st RI Team 1 (Yr 5-6) — 7 pts
Jolene Quek (1st), Tan Wan Xin (2nd), Victoria Tan (4th)
2nd RI Team 2 (Yr 5-6) — 16 pts
Adeline Bee (3rd), Mary Lisa Chua (6th), Daphane Chia (7th)
3rd ACJC Team 1 — 27 pts
Faith Lee (8th), Janine Quek (9th), Alyse Su (10th)
Women Open (Top 10)
1st Jenny Kristina Lundgren (#114, Swift Team B) — 16:08
2nd Mok Ying Rong (#110, Swift Team A) — 17:19
3rd Qua Biqi (#107, NUS) — 17:25
4th Wong Wan Qi Clara (#109, NUS) — 17:28
5th Hilda Stoney (#118, Individual) — 17:33
6th Ranjitha D/O Raja (#113, Swift Team A) — 18:23
7th Lin Zhi Yun (#116, Swift Team B) — 18:25
8th Viengdalat Somphet (#108, NUS) — 18:47
9th Ng Yu Jun Eliza (#112, Swift Team A) — 19:14
10th Ng Yew Cheo (#111, Swift Team A) — 19:30
Women Open Team Results
1st NUS — 15 pts
Qua Biqi (3rd), Clara Wong (4th), Viengdalat Somphet (8th)
2nd Swift Team A — 17 pts
Mok Ying Rong (2nd), Ranjitha D/O Raja (6th), Eliza Ng (9th)
3rd Reds Xtreme 1 (Fabian William Coaching Concepts) — 40 pts
Lim Hui Choo (12th), Irene Tan (13th), Sherina Lee (15th)