By REDintern Romaine Soh
Bedok Reservoir, Saturday, March 9, 2013 – Cedar Girls’ Secondary proved their prowess at the Wings Cross Country meet, sweeping both the U-15 and U-18 team titles.
In the U-18 category, Nah Yi Xin led the charge for Cedar Girls’ by clinching the individual gold in a timing of 15 minutes 33 seconds for the 3.6km course. Hot on her heels was Valerie Lai from River Valley High, Cedar’s strongest rival, who stopped the clock at 15:37. Lok Xin Ying from Cedar Girls’ rounded off the top three, finishing in 15:50.
In the U-15 cateogry, Isabelle Wang from River Valley High denied Cedar Girls’ the opportunity of winning both an individual and team gold by finishing a mere 0.06s in front of Cedar’s top finisher, Joyceleen Yap. Both clocked a timing of 16:22 for the 3.6km route. Haney Khairunnisa from Cedar came in third in 16:49.
Isabelle and Joyceleen had run most of the race side by side, until Isabelle decided to take the lead nearer the end of the race. Joyceleen made her move at the final bend, gaining fast on Isabelle, but it was too late.
Haney had spent most of her race running behind Joyceleen and Isabelle, keeping them within striking distance until the final bend when both of them turned on the heat, leaving her to settle for the bronze.
With regard to the double gold in both categories, a beaming Cedar Girls’ captain Edina Tan said: “I’m really happy with the team’s performance today!”
With the Wings meet the last cross country race before the ultimate goal of the National Inter-School Cross Country Championships in two weeks time, the girls can now only maintain their standard and hold off their rivals till the very end of the season.
U-18 Girls Individual Results (3.6km)
1st Nah Yi Xin (Cedar Girls’, #2140) — 15 minutes 33 seconds
2nd Valerie Lai (River Valley High, #2220) — 15:37
3rd Lok Xin Ying (Cedar Girls’, #2139) — 15:50
4th Edina Tan Yi-Qin (Cedar Girls’, #2141) — 15:54.5
5th Anastasia Filimontseva (Fabian Williams Coaching Concepts, #2123) — 15:54.6
6th Peh Jia Wen (Commonwealth, #2166) — 16:02
7th Carissa Choo Xing Yi (River Valley High, #2224) — 16:03
8th Wong Shi Ying (River Valley High, #2223) — 16:04
9th Shervon Goh (Commonwealth, #2164) — 16:05.0
10th Tan Yin Lin (Raffles Girls’ School, #2212) — 16:05.9
U-18 Girls Team Results
1st Cedar Team 1 — 22 pts
Nah Yi Xin (1st), Lok Xin Ying (3rd), Edina Tan (4th), Joycelyn Lee (14th)
2nd River Valley High School 1 — 28 pts
Valerie Lai (2nd), Carissa Choo (7th), Wong Shi Ying (8th), Crystabelle Wang (11th)
3rd RGS B Div Team 1 — 82 pts
Tan Yin Lin (10th), Chloe Wang (20th), Richelle Ang (22nd), Faye Chiang (30th)
U-15 Girls Individual Results (3.6km)
1st Isabelle Wang (River Valley High, #2100) — 16 minutes 22.49 seconds
2nd Joyceleen Yap Yin Xiu (Cedar Girls’, #2023) — 16:22.55
3rd Haney Khairunnisa (Cedar Girls’, #2024) — 16:49
4th Amanda Lok Qi Ying (Raffles Girls’, #2088) — 17:04
5th Alexandra Wee (CHIJ Toa Payoh, #2031) — 17:05
6th Felyn Toh Le Chun (Raffles Girls’, #2090) — 17:06
7th Lynn Kwek (Bendemeer, #2015) — 17:07
8th Khoo Xin Hui (Cedar Girls’, #2025) — 17:29
9th Chua Yu Qing (Nan Hua High, #2057) — 17:31
10th Claire Tan Jing-Wen (Raffles Girls’ School, #2089) — 17:33
U-15 Girls Team Results
1st Cedar Team 3 — 30 pts
Joyceleen Yap (2nd), Haney Khairunnisa (3rd), Khoo Xin Hui (8th), Andrea Tan (17th)
2nd RGS C Div Team 1 — 35 pts
Amanda Lok (4th), Felyn Toh (6th), Claire Tan (10th), Angelina Lim (15th)
3rd Cedar Team 4 — 77 pts
Shirlyn Ouyang (11th), Lim Su Ann (12th), Cheryl Chng (14th), Tan Zen Wei (40th)
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