National Schools Cross Country (Girls): CHIJ St. Nicholas land 1st B Division team title

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Story by REDintern Joy Poon. Photos by Stefanus Ian and Eileen Chew/Red Sports. Additional reporting by Erwin Wong/Red Sports.

Elizabeth Liau Le Min (#4050) of CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School came in first with a timing of 15:27 in the B Division Girls. (Photo © Eileen Chew/Red Sports)

Elizabeth Liau Le Min (#4050) of CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School came in first with a timing of 15:27 in the B Division Girls. (Photo 1 © Eileen Chew/Red Sports)

Bedok Reservoir Park, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — Elizabeth Liau shrugged off a recent injury to defend her individual title at this year’s National Schools Cross Country Championships, helping CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School to its first-ever B Division girls’ team title.

“I am very happy because I was injured weeks ago,” said Elizabeth, who stopped the clock at 15 minutes 27 seconds, 21 seconds ahead of Cedar Girls’ Kylie Tan. “Our second fastest runner was injured and she couldn’t run today, so we are very proud of what we achieved.”

This was also Elizabeth’s third-straight individual gold, after topping last year’s B girls’ race and the C girls’ the year before. Cedar Girls’ Secondary School won the C girls’ team title, after Claudia Tang and Giselle Enlund placed first and second in the individual competition.

Hwa Chong Institution retained the A girls’ team title to help the school sweep all four divisions it contested. Four Hwa Chong girls made the individual top 10, with Vera Wah clocking 15:27, a full minute behind individual champion Toh Ting Xuan from Raffles Institution. Hwa Chong also won all three boys’ divisional team titles on offer for the first time.

“There was healthy competition from the other schools,” said Hwa Chong’s coach Steven Quek. “I’m very happy for the team. Everyone – athletes and teachers worked hard. We will continue our efforts to train consistently.”

Quek coached Raffles Institution to a similar sweep of A, B and C boys team titles, along with the A girls’ championship in 2014, while Victoria School and Victoria Junior College earned back-to-back quadruples in 1996 and 1997.

In the B Division, Evergreen Secondary School and Jurong Secondary School were second and third in the team competition. Evergreen had two runners placed in the top 10 individual finishers, Nur Humairah and Sonia Koh in fifth and tenth, respectively, while Jurong had Ki Wonyi in sixth.

Cedar Girls’ Claudia Tang emerged individual champion in the C girls’ competition with 15:46, while team mate Giselle finished second, a minute behind.

“I feel happy because I improved a lot. I get most of my motivation from my team because we support each other every day, and from my coach Mr Chan,” said Claudia.

A Girls Individual
3.8km
1st Toh Ting Xuan (Raffles Institution, #2080) – 14:27
2nd Vera Wah (Hwa Chong Institution, #2041) – 15:27
3rd Elaine Quah (Raffles Institution, #2081) – 15:51
4th Clarice Lau (Hwa Chong Institution, #2040) – 15:56
5th Caylee Chua (Anglo-Chinese Junior College, #2002) – 16:03
6th Rachel Lee (Victoria Junior College, #2122) – 16:04
7th Tay Ling Yin (Victoria Junior College, #2120) – 16:09
8th Nicole Ong (Anglo-Chinese Junior College, #2003) – 16:16
9th Arissa Rashid (Hwa Chong Institution, #2036) – 16:20
10th Joyceleen Yap (Hwa Chong Institution, #2038) – 16:26

A Girls Team
1st Hwa Chong Institution – 25 points
2nd Vera Wah (#2041) – 15:27
4th Clarice Lau (#2040) – 15:56
9th Arissa Rashid (#2036) – 16:20
10th Joyceleen Yap (#2038) – 16:26

2nd Raffles Institution – 34 points
1st Toh Ting Xuan (#2080) – 14:27
3rd Elaine Quah (#2181) – 15:51
13th Nicole Fan (#2082) – 16:49
17th Chloe Teo (#2085) – 17:08

3rd Victoria Junior College – 49 points
6th Rachel Lee (#2122) – 16:04
7th Tay Ling Yin (#2120) – 16:09
15th Melina Thebe (#2127) – 17:06
21th Amanda Wong (#2121) – 17:27

B Girls Individual
3.8km
1st Elizabeth Liau (CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, #4050) – 15:27
2nd Tan Kylie (Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, #4036) – 15:48
3rd Celeste Ang (Nanyang Girls’ High School, #4163) – 16:41
4th Enastasia Koh (Dunman High School, #4092) – 16:45
5th Nur Humairah (Evergreen Secondary School, #4097) – 16:48
6th Ki Wonyi (Jurong Secondary School, #4126) – 16:49
7th Yeo Limin (Nanyang Girls’ High School, #4164) – 17:06
8th Shawna Tay (Nan Hua High School, #4155) – 17:08
9th Toh Pei Xuan (CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, #4048) – 17:09
10th Sonia Koh (Evergreen Secondary School, #4094) – 17:14

B Girls Team
1st CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School – 52 points
1st Elizabeth Liau (#4050) – 15:27
9th Toh Pei Xuan (#4048) – 17:09
14th Joyce Ong (#4046) – 17:24
28th Jolene Tan (#4049) – 18:00

2nd Evergreen Secondary School – 76 points
5th Nur Humairah (#4097) – 16:48
10th Sonia Koh (#4094) – 17:14
18th Phua Hui Ying (#4095) – 17:29
39th Tan Jo Yi (#4093) – 18:30

3rd Jurong Secondary School – 81 points
6th Ki Wonyi (#4126) – 16:49
13th Ruth Kang (#4128) – 17:22
28th Low Qin Ying (#4131) – 18:00
34th Sri Ganga Do Saravanan (#4132) – 18:08

C Division
3.8km
1st Claudia Tang (Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, #6038) – 15:46
2nd Giselle Dianna Enlund (Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, #6037) – 16:46
3rd Alexis So (CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, #6054) – 16:54
4th Chia Celine (Guangyang Secondary School, #6108) – 17:05
5th Alyssa Yeong (North Vista Secondary School, #6173) – 17:07
6th Brina Goh (Dunman High School, #6093) – 17:15
7th Naomi Ng (Raffles Girls School, #6208) – 17:16
8th Hana Grace Cheng (St. Margaret’s Secondary School, #6227) – 17:19
9th Marion Ang (CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, #6058) – 17:24
10th Natalie Tan (CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, #6059) – 17:30

C Girls Team
1st Cedar Girls’ Secondary School – 33 points
1st Claudia Tang (#6038) – 15:46
2nd Giselle Dianna Enlund (#6037) – 16:46
13th Jolene Koh (#6044) – 17:44
17th Bella Chong (#6039) – 17:49

2nd CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School – 40 points
3rd Alexis So (#6054) – 16:54
9th Marion Ang (#6058) – 17:24
10th Natalie Tan (#6059) – 17:30
18th Chloe Tan (#6053) – 17:52

3rd Raffles Girls’ School – 86 points
7th Naomi Ng (#6208) – 17:16
12th Athena Hou (#6206) – 17:32
33th Ng Kai Yi (#6209) – 18:48
34th Ng Rui Shi (#6205) – 18:50

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