Hwa Chong Institution claimed its first A Division Boys team title in seven years and its first B Division Boys team title since 2003 at this year's National Schools Cross Country Championships, contributing to a clean sweep of the four divisions that the school competed in.
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.
National Schools Cross Country: Behind Lim siblings’ pursuit for faster times, Dad’s unwavering assuredness
Joseph Schooling’s Olympic success last year underscored the unconditional love and support his parents offered though the years. In the more humble environment of the national schools cross country scene, parents such as Lim Ming Jee are no less important, the crucial cogs that often make or break a student’s sporting pursuit.
History was made in the 58th National Inter-School Cross Country Championships when unfancied Nan Hua High School clinched the B Division Girls’ team title and brought home its first ever cross country championship.
National Schools Cross Country: ACS(I) edge out HCI to win B Boys title by a whisker; retain A Div title
It came down to each school’s fourth-fastest B Division runner – ACS(I) had Joshua Loo in 11th, while HCI’s George Lai was 15th.
Isaac Tan of ACS(I) pulled off an upset as he finished first in the A boy's 4.6km race in 16:15.07, ahead of pre-race favourite Tan Chong Qi of RI. In the process, ACS(I) clinched their first ever cross country team title in the division.
Nicole's teammate, Vanessa Lee, clinched the silver medal in a time of 14:09.90 while Natalie Soh of Raffles Institution (RI) came in third with a time of 14:51.11.
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His time was almost 14 seconds faster than the 16:15.07 timing that Isaac Tan of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) clocked to win the A Division race.