Story by REDintern Edina Tan. Photos by Clara Yuan/Red Sports


Vera Wah of Cedar Girls’ finished second with a timing of 15:07.27. (Photo 1 © Clara Yuan/Red Sports)

Bedok Reservoir, Saturday, February 20, 2016 — The Cedar Girls’ team clinched their second team gold of the season at the Wings Cross Country Championships.

Isabelle Ghersi won the Women Under-17 3.65km race in a time of 14 minutes 57.85 seconds. Vera Wah clocked in at 15:07.27, to repeat their 1-2 finish at the SA Cross Country Championships.

The race started off at a moderate pace, with Isabelle, Vera and Phoebe Kee swiftly establishing themselves in the front pack. The trio maintained the lead for most of the race, but with 400m to go, Vera and Isabelle sped up. Isabelle eventually overtook Vera to clinch the gold, leaving Vera to finish second, with Phoebe third.

When asked about the race, Phoebe said, “It was a good learning experience. I hope to do better in future races, and aim to get top five in Nationals.” Phoebe was the sole runner from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School.

Zhong Yi of Cedar Girls’, who achieved 8th position in this race, said, “The starting was definitely less packed than SA, and I did not get boxed in. The middle of the race was quite scattered, and the runners were mostly dispersed. I followed a runner from Nan Hua throughout most of the race.”

She added, “My team will train hard and do our best for the upcoming Nationals.”

The Cedar Girls’ team won with 26 points, 14 ahead of the Nan Hua B Girls team. This will be the last race for the Cedar Girls’ runners before the National Inter-School Cross Country Championships on March 23.

Women U17 Results (Top 20)
1st Isabelle Ghersi (#17086, JS Athletics Team 1) — 14:57.85
2nd Vera Wah (#17032, Cedar Girls Sec B Div 1) —15:07.27
3rd Phoebe Kee (#17133, Singapore Chinese Girls School) — 15:12.66
4th Tan Mariviv (#17076, Flexifitness Consultancy) — 15:31.92
5th Joyceleen yap (#17030, Cedar Girls Sec B Div 1) — 15:38.13
6th Phoebe Tay Yu (#17099, Nan Hua B Girls) — 15:53.17
7th Clarice Lau Jia Yun (#17100, Nan Hua B Girls) — 15:54.40
8th Zhong Yi (#17031, Cedar Girls Sec B Div 1) — 16:01.44
9th Chua Hsi-Em Caylee (#17074, Crescent B Div) — 16:03.00
10th Quah Li Ying Elaine (#17130, RGS Girls U17) — 16:11.40
11th Sarah Koh (#17033, Cedar Girls Sec B Div 1) — 16:16.75
12th Anna Fong (#17034, Cedar Girls Sec B Div 1) — 16:27.25
13th Lim En Sin (#17101, Nan Hua B Girls) — 16:36.94
14th Chua Yu Qing Sophia (#17102, Nan Hua B Girls) — 16:40.48
15th Emily Whitehouse (#17087, JS Athletics) — 16:44.42
16th Lim Xin Hui (#17126, RGS Girls U17) — 16:45.96
17th Ki Wonyi (#17095, Jurong Secondary School) — 16:54.21
18th Wong Ke Xin (#17103, Nan Hua B Girls) — 17:00.18
19th Cheryl Chng (#17041, Cedar Girls B Div Team 2) — 17:04.27
20th Keh Chin Yip (#17109, North Vista Secondary School) — 17:11.20

Women U17 Team Results
1st Cedar Girls Sec B Div 1 — 26 points
Vera Wah (2nd), Joyceleen Yap (5th), Zhong Yi (8th), Sarah Koh (11th)

2nd Nan Hua B Girls — 40 points
Phoebe Tay Yu (6th), Clarice Lau Jia Yun (7th), Lim En Sin (13th), Chua Yu Qing Sophia (14th)

3rd RGS Girls U17 — 78 points
Elaine Quah (10th), Lim Xin Hui (16th), Chua Yun Xi Nicole (25th), Yeo Wen Yu Rebecca (36th)

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