What historic nuggets went down on the final day as the annual NSG track and field meet returned under the National Stadium roof for the first time since 2019? Red Sports gives you a full lowdown of the relay finals along with pieces of statistical trivia.
Cedar Girls' Secondary claimed three out of a possible four relay golds at the 63rd National Schools Track and Field Championships, clinching double relay victory in the girls' C Division and crossing the line first in the B girls' 4 by 100 metres race. It was the first time the school has won three or more relay golds in the same meet since the alumna of 1999 also won both C girls' relays as well as the B Division 4x400m.
C Div Triple Jump: HCI’s Ethan Kong takes victory with 12.53m; Cedar’s Keira Chua clears 9.93m for gold
After entering the long jump six-metre club, Hwa Chong Institution (HCI)'s Ethan Kong hopped, stepped and leapt over 12.53 metres to take victory in the C Division boys' triple jump. The Secondary 2 student erased his previous best mark of 12.09m recorded at the Singapore Athletics U16/U18/U20 Championships a month ago, making it two personal bests in a row after claiming the long jump silver with 6.00m the previous week.
In the event’s inaugural contest at the annual National Schools, Cedar Girls’ Choo Jia Yi and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)’s John Tan emerged as the champions in the C Division girls’ and boys’ 200-metre hurdles finals respectively.
Hwa Chong Institution (HCI)'s Eleana Goh shook off fatigue and niggling doubts to clinch victory in the A Division girls' 200 metres final, crossing the line in a huge personal best of 26.16 seconds.
ACS(I)'s Mark Lee (#53) blazed through the A Div boys’ 200m final in a 21.62s (-0.3m/s) record run, shattering the 10-year-old electronically-timed championship and schools national record of 21.75s set by Hwa Chong alumnus Donovan Chan. The 18-year-old athlete also went under Sandy Hong’s hand-timed record of 21.7s set in 1984.
For a historic first time, Methodist Girls' School (MGS) swept two out of a possible two divisional titles at the National Schools Cross Country Championships. MGS secured the championship in the Girls' B and C divisions, both by small victory margins of five and nine points against nearest rivals Cedar Girls' and CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' respectively. Guided by accomplished coach Steven Quek, the MGS girls' victories are historically only their third for each respective division, adding to the school's B Division triumphs in 2001 and 2008 and C Division triumphs in 2007 and 2013. This is also only the fourth time since 2000 that a school has swept both B and C girls' titles, replicating the feats of Commonwealth Secondary in 2002 and 2004 and Raffles Girls' School in 2015.
National Schools Track Relays (Girls): Nanyang Girls’ domination continues; B Div 4x100m quartet clocks all-time 2nd-fastest timing
By a tiny margin of eight-hundredths of a second, Nanyang Girls' High School (NYGH) fell short of breaking the B Division girls' 4 by 100 metres relay championship record. Nonetheless, that failed to dampen their mood as the school continued their dominance in the relay events in recent years, garnering three out of four golds in the girls' B and C divisions.